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MICA announces new executive director

August 16, 2019
Special to The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

MARSHALLTOWN The Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) Board of Directors has selected Clarissa Thompson as the agency's next executive director. Thompson was chosen after a national search process with the assistance of the Iowa Community Action Association.

Thompson joined MICA in 1995 as an AmeriCorps member, and has served the agency in multiple capacities including youth development coordinator, Early Childhood Programs professional development coordinator, community liaison, and most recently, family development director, a position she has held since 2012.

Thompson has a wide-range of experiences from providing direct services to leading major federal, state, andlocal initiatives designed to improve outcomes for children and families. Her most recent work has been focused on MICA's two-generation approach to addressing rural childhood poverty through the White House Rural Council's Rural IMPACT initiative as well as the scaling up of MICA's premier summer learning program, Bobcat University, which Thompson co-designed. She lead MICA's disaster recovery efforts serving over 750 families after the F3 Tornado.

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Clarissa Thompson
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"MICA has a long history of success, and we will continue to build on our past success to address the challenges and barriers those we serve experience every day," Thompson said. "I am very excited to be serving alongside our dedicated community partners, staff, and volunteers in our work of helping people, changing lives, and building stronger communities."

For more information, please contact MICA at 641-752-7162 or:

Fact Box

MICA?Programs and Services in Tama Co.


Development Center,

105 S. State St., Tama.

Call: 641-484-4713

Family development programs are designed to help low-income families rise out of poverty - family development model utilizes one-on-one meetings with families to develop goals, manage finances, and provide support and assistance. Tama Healthy Families - parents participate in program activities. MICA Infant-Toddler Development Specialists work one-on-one with families on issues that affect their overall success. In addition, parents can take part in parenting classes and a socialization group.

Everyone who needs health assistance is able to find it through our services; provide services to those who need them, but have a hard time affording care.

MICA?housing department works to ensure that low-income families in central Iowa live in safe and energy-efficient housing.

Head Start offers half-day and full-day classes with availability depending on the community. The program is operated in Tama.



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