CEDAR RAPIDS — A new executive director has been named for the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, officials announced Wednesday.
Stefanie P.K. Munsterman-Scriven was named to fill the role effective March 24. She had previous experience working for the commission from 2008 to 2015 and again as a civil rights investigator and mediator since April 2019.
“As our community continues to grow and become more diverse, it is increasingly vital we protect the civil rights of all people and work to ensure our community is inclusive and equitable,” Munsterman-Scriven said in a news release. “The commission has a responsibility to bring people together and provide safe, welcoming spaces for all.”
The Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission is a city agency that provides education and outreach on civil rights and fair housing issues.
The executive director position had been vacant since the November 2018 resignation of then-director LaSheila Yates, who had been in the role since 2014. Janet Abejo-Parker, senior investigator for the commission, served as acting executive director during the search.
Munsterman-Scriven noted taking the helm will be different during the COVID-19 pandemic, with staff working from home and the office closed to the public. She noted the commission would continue to serve the community during the pandemic.
She will receive a salary of $90,605 annually. Munsterman-Scriven is working toward a doctorate in public administration at Northcentral University in Scottsdale, Ariz., and holds master’s degrees in business administration and strategic leadership from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids. She also serves on a number of boards.
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“I am excited and honored to welcome Stefanie as director of the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission,” commission chair Leland Freie said in a news release. “Her background, experience, expertise, and passion for civil rights will lend itself well to this position. I am confident under her leadership, the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission will continue to be a positive force for change in this community.”
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