Dr. Maria Corona

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence have announced that Dr. Maria Corona has joined ICADV as their new executive director!


In this role, Dr. Corona will use her extensive experience of community organizing,  advocacy and passion for social and racial justice to continue the transformation of domestic violence services and response in Iowa to create the conditions where every person can thrive.

With a unique and intersecting perspective, Dr. Corona brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to this role. Prior to joining ICADV, she was awarded the prestigious Mid-Iowa Health Foundation HealthConnect Fellowship to support her dissertation project and bold system change ideas. She worked as a research assistant for the Child Welfare Research Training Project (CWRTP) and in several Iowa State University Extension and Outreach research programs. The bedrock of her research, policy and systems change emphasis were influenced by working as a Diversity Outreach coordinator and advocate for survivors of domestic violence at Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS).

Dr. Corona received her Bachelor of Science degree in Women’s Studies and International Studies; Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences; and her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies; all from Iowa State University.

Outside of her extensive professional and educational background, Dr. Corona is an avid supporter and volunteer for a variety of organizations serving communities across Iowa. These include Immigrant Allies of Marshalltown, League of United Latin Citizens (LULAC Iowa), DREAM Iowa, American Friends Service Committee-Iowa, Ames Sanctuary Interfaith Partners (ASIP) and Al Exito. 

In 2020, the Association of American Colleges and Universities named Dr. Corona a recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Futures Leaders Award, thereby earning her national recognition for her academic and civic responsibility and contributions.

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