MEET THE TEAM
March For Our Lives Iowa — 2020-2021
Esha Bolar — SHE/HER
Esha Bolar is a sophomore at Johnston High School. She participates in Mock Trial and Speech and Debate. She helped organize a walkout affiliated with MFOL in her school following the Parkland shooting in 2018 with more than 500 students taking part. Since the walk out she’s been an advocate for the prevention of gun violence, and other human rights issues. She’s very politically active and believes speaking truth to power is MFOLIA’s most useful tool. Esha hopes to go to law school and one day take on congress.
Andrew Dunn— HE/HIM
Andrew studies ethics and public policy at the University of Iowa and has been involved with gun violence prevention and systemic justice advocacy since 2014. Andrew was a speaker at the first March for Our Lives rally in Des Moines in 2018. The organizer of the rally in Des Moines, Progress Iowa, awarded the Marcia Nichols Progressive Advocate of the Year Award to Andrew and other speakers for their calls for reform and contributions to the progressive movement. After graduation, Andrew intends to pursue further education in public policy or law.
Abigail Wharton — SHE/HER
Abigail is the Communications Director for March For Our Lives Iowa. She is also a freshman at Johnston Middle School where she participates in Iowa Students For Tobacco Education and Prevention, Mock Trial, her school’s March For Our Lives chapter, cross country, and track and field. She is interning for Johnston City Councilman Suresh Reddy while also volunteering for multiple political campaigns. She is also trying to do her part at the Capitol as a member of Iowa Youth Congress. Abigail believes that youth voices are important, and she is excited to amplify them.
REBECCA LYONS — SHE/HER
Rebecca is the current State Organizing Director for March For Our Lives Iowa! She is a student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City studying Political Science, International Relations, and Critical Cultural Competence. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Rebecca has been an advocate for gun violence prevention since the Ferguson Black Lives Matter protests and has continued to be an activist in her new home of Iowa City through various marches and organizations. On campus, Rebecca is an ambassador for the Student Advancement Network, a volunteer for Hawk the Vote, and is involved with the Undergraduate Political Science Association, as well as various other civic engagement activities! She is excited to empower, educate, and mobilize all Iowans, especially our younger generations, to fight for gun violence prevention policies, and to save lives.
NICK PRYOR — HE/HIM
DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
Nick is a junior at the University of Iowa studying political science and Latin. Nick has served as a core-member and co-founder of Students Against School Shootings, a field organizer for Zach Wahls’ successful state senate campaign, and as a field organizer for Let America Vote.
ALISTAIR ENTZ— HE/HIM
BUDGET AND FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR
Alistair is a junior at Johnston High School. He participates in Speech and Debate, Math Club, and the schools marching band, jazz band and concert band. In his free time, Alistair enjoys playing piano and
guitar, exploring technology, and following motorsports such as Formula One. Alistair is extremely passionate about bringing an end to gun violence and hopes that being a part of March For Our Lives Iowa can help to achieve that goal.
AKSHARA ESWAR — SHE/HER
Akshara is currently serving as the IDEA Coordinator for March For Our Lives Iowa. She is a freshman at Johnston Middle School where she loves to take part in jazz band, National History Day, and Mock Trial.
Akshara enjoys photography, swimming, and reading in her free time. She has been learning Indian Classical music for nine years. She is a passionate advocate for all social justice issues. After participating in a walk out following the Parkland shooting in 2018, she became invested in helping end gun violence in America. Akshara hopes to go to business school and pursue a career in finance, business, or economics.
KYLE KOPF —
COLLEGE ORGANIZING DEPUTY
Kyle is the College Organizing Director. He is also a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying political science. Kyle got involved in March For Our Lives activism after the Parkland shooting when he spoke at the 2018 and 2019 Des Moines March For Our Lives events. Outside of politics and activism, Kyle enjoys watching Vikings football and spending time with friends.
NORTHERN ORGANIZING DEPUTY
Olivia is stoked to serve as the Northern Iowa Organizing Deputy! She
is a senior at Forest City High School and participates in activities
such as student council, Interact club, softball, and marching band,
among others. Olivia became interested in activism when she was in
middle school and is excited to take her first big step in becoming a
voice for individuals and communities who are unable to use theirs.
She hopes to empower youth in Northern Iowa and across the state
through this experience!