Latifah is a Story County native, graduate of Iowa
State University and the very proud mother of two daughters.
She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology
while raising her two small children. Because
of her experience working, going to school and being a parent, she understands the
need for and the importance of affordable, reliable and safe childcare and
joins the Board of Supervisors with over 15 years of experience in Story County
government. She began her career with the county as a
student intern in victim services for the county attorney. After her graduation
from Iowa State University she was hired permanently and has worked in victim
services and restitution recovery. In 2008 she launched the Fines Recovery and
Driver’s License Reinstatement program which created a new revenue stream for
the County’s general fund and a program to assist people with delinquent court
debt with no cost to the participant. She worked in mental health court
development, grant writing and headed the planning team for Alternatives-an arrest
diversion to treatment programming for those struggling with opioid and other
substance use disorders.
She was the Fines Recovery coordinator and
project director for Alternatives until she was elected to the Board of
Supervisors in 2020.
She has been a volunteer for United Way, Iowa
Games, Food at First, Habitat for Humanity, Ames Figure Skating Club, the
Center for Creative Justice, The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation and a
24-hour crisis and information hotline.
As a Supervisor, Latifah represents Story County
on the following boards: BooSt for Children, Central Iowa regional
Housing Authority, Story County Housing Trust Fund, Central Iowa Juvenile
Detention, Story County Decategorization, Story County College Access Network,
Community and Family Resources, Alternatives Advisory Board, Center for