Connie Ryan leads the statewide Interfaith Alliance of Iowa where she has been the Executive Director since 2002. She is a well-known voice in Iowa’s public square, protecting faith and freedom from misuse by religious extremists and challenging progressive people of faith and no faith to actively engage in the state’s public debate on issues of religious freedom, equality, civility, and justice. Connie is frequently sought by Iowa’s media and community groups to address issues at the intersection of faith and politics. She also serves as the organization’s lobbyist, effectively shaping public policy during Iowa’s legislative session.
In 2010, Connie was instrumental in establishing the coalition Justice Not Politics (JNP) to protect Iowa’s courts against attacks by religious conservatives and other special interest groups. She remains as president of JNP, which is the state’s leading coalition on judicial independence. She also currently serves as a board member of the Friends of Iowa Legal Aid. Connie helped found and served as a board chairperson of the Iowa Immigration Education Coalition, and also previously served as board chairperson of Iowa Citizen Action Network (ICAN), board member and treasurer of the Iowa Safe Schools Task Force for GLBT Youth, and board member of One Iowa.
Connie holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a B.A. from Drake University.
Admin & Communications Coordinator
Kristin Clark began as the Administrative and Communications Coordinator for Interfaith Alliance of Iowa in January 2014. The task of protecting faith and freedom has been a passion of hers for a long time. Kristin worked with the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for fourteen years, serving the first twelve as Administrative Assistant for the Advocacy/Social Justice & Mission Ministry and the last two as Communications Manager for the Communications Ministry.
Involved with a number of community organizations, Kristin serves on the IMPACT Community Action Partnership executive board and is a member of the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) Steering Committee, has volunteered numerous times as both an essay judge and event photographer for the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women’s Write Women Back Into History Essay Contest, served on the Women at the Well United Methodist congregation’s Outside Council, and was an executive board member for the Pet Project Midwest. Nationally, she was elected as the Communications Chair for the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) Executive Committee.
Kristin earned her B.A. in Sociology, Psychology, and Religion from Cornell College.