Ako Abdul-Samad

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State Representative
Democrat
Bills & Committees
CEO - Creative Visions
Polk
87
01/09/2017 - 01/13/2019
35

Term

Serving sixth term in House.

Profession

Founder and senior executive officer of Creative Visions Human Development Institute.

Education

Graduate of the National Conference of Black Lawyers Community College of Law and International Diplomacy.

Memberships and Activities

Published author of “The Deeper Truth: Revelations of the Soul.” Former chair of the Iowa Democratic Black Caucus. Current elected chair of American Muslim Alliance. Elected to Des Moines Public School Board in 2003 and served as vice president. Co-founder and coordinator of YMCA Downtown Teen Program, founder and president of African-American Islamic Association, vice president of the Center for the Study and Application of Black Economic Development, and co-founder of the first black student union in the state of Iowa. Established and directed business functions that include employment assistance, support services, health care management, community development, advocacy, and consultancy on culture and diversity education. Awarded the National Caring Award in 2004. 2016 Interfaith Alliance Community Advocacy Award.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1951 in Des Moines. Raised and resides in Des Moines.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources
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State Representative
Democrat
Bills & Committees
CEO -Creative Visions
Polk
86
01/12/2015 - 01/08/2017
35

Term

Serving fifth term in House.

Profession

Founder and senior executive officer of Creative Visions Human Development Institute.

Education

Graduate of the National Conference of Black Lawyers Community College of Law and International Diplomacy.

Memberships and Activities

Published author of “The Deeper Truth: Revelations of the Soul.” Current chair of the Iowa Democratic Black Caucus. Newly elected chair of American Muslim Alliance. Elected to Des Moines Public School Board in 2003 and served as vice president. Co-founder and coordinator of YMCA Downtown Teen Program, founder and president of African-American Islamic Association, vice president of the Center for the Study and Application of Black Economic Development, and co-founder of the first black student union in the state of Iowa. Established and directed business functions that include employment assistance, support services, health care management, community development, advocacy, and consultancy on culture and diversity education. Awarded the National Caring Award in 2004. Awarded for his contributions to the community by Bankers Trust in 2015.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1951 in Des Moines. Raised and resides in Des Moines.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources
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State Representative
Democrat
Bills & Committees
CEO -Creative Visions
Polk
85
01/14/2013 - 01/11/2015
35

Term

Serving fourth term in House.

Profession

Founder and senior executive officer of Creative Visions Human Development Institute.

Education

Graduate of the National Conference of Black Lawyers Community College of Law and International Diplomacy.

Memberships and Activities

Elected to Des Moines Public School Board 2003. Vice president of the Des Moines Public School System School Board, cofounder and coordinator of YMCA Downtown Teen Program, vice president of KUCB Radio, founder and president of African-American Islamic Association, vice president of the Center for the Study and Application of Black Economic Development, cofounder of the first black student union in the state of Iowa, and member of International Civil Rights Solidarity Movement. Established and directed business functions that include employment assistance and support services, health care management, community development and advocacy, and consultancy on culture and diversity education, and served as an empowerment advocate and community resource network manager to improve quality of life for at-risk youth. Awarded the National Caring Award in 2004.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1951 in Des Moines. Raised and resides in Des Moines.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources
No Photo
State Representative
Democrat
Bills & Committees
CEO -Creative Visions
Polk
84
01/10/2011 - 01/13/2013
66

Term

Serving third term in the House.

Profession

Founder and senior executive officer of Creative Visions Human Development Institute.

Education

Graduate of the National Conference of Black Lawyers Community College of Law and International Diplomacy.

Memberships and Activities

Elected to Des Moines Public School Board 2003. Vice president of the Des Moines Public School System School Board, cofounder and coordinator of YMCA Downtown Teen Program, vice president of KUCB Radio, founder and president of African-American Islamic Association, vice president of the Center for the Study and Application of Black Economic Development, cofounder of the first black student union in the state of Iowa, and member of International Civil Rights Solidarity Movement. Established and directed business functions that include employment assistance and support services, health care management, community development and advocacy, and consultancy on culture and diversity education, and served as an empowerment advocate and community resource network manager to improve quality of life for at-risk youth. Awarded the National Caring Award in 2004.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1951 in Des Moines. Resides in Des Moines.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources
No Photo
State Representative
Democrat
Bills & Committees
CEO-Creative Visions
Polk
83
01/12/2009 - 01/09/2011
66

Term

Serving second term in the House.

Profession

Founder and senior executive officer of Creative Visions Human Development Institute.

Education

Graduate of the National Conference of Black Lawyers Community College of Law and International Diplomacy.

Memberships and Activities

Elected to Des Moines Public School Board 2003. Vice president of the Des Moines Public School System School Board, cofounder and coordinator of YMCA Downtown Teen Program, vice president of KUCB Radio, founder and president of African-American Islamic Association, vice president of the Center for the Study and Application of Black Economic Development, cofounder of the first black student union in the state of Iowa, and member of International Civil Rights Solidarity Movement. Established and directed business functions that include employment assistance and support services, health care management, community development and advocacy, and consultancy on culture and diversity education, and served as an empowerment advocate and community resource network manager to improve quality of life for at-risk youth. Awarded the National Caring Award in 2004.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1951 in Des Moines. Resides in Des Moines.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources
No Photo
State Representative
Democrat
Bills & Committees
CEO, non-profit
Polk
82
01/08/2007 - 01/11/2009
66

Term

Serving first term in the House.

Profession

Founder and senior executive officer of Creative Visions Human Development Institute

Education

Graduate of the National Conference of Black Lawyers Community College of Law and International Diplomacy.

Memberships and Activities

Elected to Des Moines Public School Board 2003. Vice president of the Des Moines Public School System School Board, cofounder and coordinator of YMCA Downtown Teen Program, vice president of KUCB Radio, founder and president of African-American Islamic Association, vice president of the Center for the Study and Application of Black Economic Development, cofounder of the first black student union in the state of Iowa, and member of International Civil Rights Solidarity Movement. Established and directed business functions that include employment assistance and support services, health care management, community development and advocacy, and consultancy on culture and diversity education, and served as an empowerment advocate and community resource network manager to improve quality of life for at-risk youth. Awarded the National Caring Award in 2004.

Birth and Residence

Born in 1951 in Des Moines. Resides in Des Moines.

Information from State Historical Society of Iowa resources