Supervisor Angela Connolly Inducted into Iowa Women's Hall of Fame
Friday, August 19, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa, August 19, 2016 — Second District Polk County Supervisor Angela Connolly will be inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the State Historical Building at 9:30 am tomorrow, Saturday, August 20. Following the ceremony the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women will host a reception that is open to the public in the atrium of the State Historical Building, 600 East Locust Street, Des Moines.
“I am honored to share this recognition with the other tremendous women who are being inducted today and to join the ranks of the 164 other Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame inductees who have been leaders and examples to young women in our community,” said Supervisor Connolly.
Supervisor Connolly has been a Polk County Supervisor since 1998 and serves on nearly a dozen boards and commissions. She was a strong supporter of the construction of Wells Fargo Arena and the Iowa Events Center Convention Hotel. She was recently awarded the Tom Bradley Leadership Award from the National Association of Regional Councils, the national Award for Outstanding Elected Official Leadership from the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations; and many other local awards.
Tom Hockensmith, Chair of the Polk County Board of Supervisors said “Angela has been an outstanding leader on many important projects that Polk County has undertaken and I can speak for the entire Board of Supervisors in congratulating her on this well deserved honor.”
Throughout Supervisor Connolly’s time at Polk County she has dedicated her career to helping those who are less fortunate by advocating for mental health services, working on homelessness and hunger initiatives and participating in poverty prevention programs. The nomination for this honor was submitted by Henny Ohr, Executive Director for EMBARC, because of the leadership she has shown in welcoming refugees to our community. Ms. Ohr stated that “because of Angela’s unwavering support of the refugees and immigrants in our community, we are able to provide much needed resources to help them better settle into their new homes.”