Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ahmed Agyeman

Dr. Ahmed Agyeman currently serves as the Director of Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC) Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families. With its educational, job training, career, and financial coaching services, the center serves as a beacon of hope and promise to many Central Iowans to improve their financial position as we help them achieve their work and career goals.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Agyeman served in multiple roles within DMACC since 2004 including, Director for Community and Global Engagement, where he led the College’s effort to strengthen its commitment to DMACC’s underserved communities, as well as improving as an inclusive college and community; Associate Director for DMACC Career Advantage, where he led the operations at the DMACC Southridge Center; Academic Advisor; and Lead Academic Advisor for the district.

Before coming to DMACC, Dr. Agyeman served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Drake University, Financial Aid Advisor at Iowa State University, and Family Services Worker with Olmsted County, Rochester, Minnesota, where he provided case management services for refugees and families from Southeast Asia and North Central Africa.

Dr. Agyeman started his post-secondary education at DMACC after arriving in the United States from his native Ghana before transferring to Iowa State University (ISU), where he received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Political Science, Criminal Justice and Family Resource Management. He also holds a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with a Higher Education/Community College Emphasis, from ISU.

In the community, Dr. Agyeman’s board and leadership have included serving on the boards of The Iowa International Center, Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, Urban Dreams (Chair), Polk County Early Childhood Iowa (Past Chair), Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing, and Advisory Group for the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Homeward, On With Life, Greater Des Moines Partnership Inclusion Council and Talent Development Board.

Dr. Agyeman lives in Polk City with his wife, Rhoderline, and has three boys (two college aged and one middle school aged).