MEET THE TEAM
March For Our Lives Iowa — 2020
Kevin Drahos — HE/HIM
CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE STATE DIRECTOR
Kevin is one of the co-founders and the State Director of March For Our Lives Iowa. He is currently a student at the University of Iowa and a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In his tenure with March For Our Lives, Kevin has organized school walkouts, Cedar Rapids MFOL events, and several town halls. He now leads the State-wide team and works with National March For Our Lives to create and implement new initiatives in Iowa. In addition to his work with March For Our Lives, Kevin serves as Executive Chair of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council, a non-partisan policy advising organization. On the council, he has worked to introduce numerous gun-sense pieces of legislation into the Iowa Legislature. He is active on both a state and national level helping advocate for youth involvement in government and gun violence reduction. He is an alumni of the United States Senate Youth Program and a past Legislative Page at the Iowa House of Representatives.
QUINTIN GAY — HE/HIM
Quintin is one of the Co-Founders and Treasurer of MFOL Iowa. He is a recent graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School and will be attending the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill as a Morehead Cain Scholar after taking a gap year to study the language and culture in Russia. Quintin has helped develop and volunteer at various MFOL events and has advocated fearlessly for gun reform. Quintin was the Vice-President of Amnesty International at Washington and worked with the organization as a grassroots lobbyist to pass legislation that put a halt to the US Arms Sales to the dangerous Saudi-UAE coalition against innocent, Yemeni civilians. Additionally, he served as a Student Trustee on the Cedar Rapids Community School Foundation Board.
OLIVIA KENNEDY — SHE/HER
Olivia is one of the founders and Secretary for MFOL Iowa. She is an extremely proud graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School and a current student at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Olivia has planned several Iowa MFOL events and continues to advocate for gun violence and comprehensive criminal justice reform. Olivia was the president of Amnesty International at Washington High School and currently serves on Amnesty’s National Youth Collective which is a national governing body for the organization. She also served as a Legislative Services Agency (LSA) Page in the 2019 Iowa General Assembly.
NICK PRYOR — HE/HIM
DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
Nick is the current Legislative Affairs Director of March For Our Lives Iowa. An Iowa City native, he is a Sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy. Working to bridge the gap between public policy and on-the-ground field organizing, 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.
ANDREW DUNN — HE/HIM
JAMES SIMMONS — HE/HIM/THEY
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
James Simmons is excited to join the MFOLIA team as State Communications Director. James is a college student in Des Moines, studying Music, Writing for Media, and Pre-Law. He has served as a Freshmen Class Senator, Violence Intervention Partner, and Diversity Advocate for numerous organizations. He is the recipient of the Matthew Shepard Scholarship from the Eychaner Foundation and the One Iowa - North Scholarship for his leadership and activism. James has worked on congressional races at the state and national level, and for presidential campaigns. Outside of MFOLIA, James is currently the campaign manager for Rep. Gaines of IA-H32 and Assistant State Director of the Spark Foundation, a literacy nonprofit based in Des Moines.
ELLA BERGEN — SHE/HER
Ella is currently serving as one of March For Our Lives Iowa’s Communications Associates. A
freshman at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Ella is a Strategic Political Communications
and Public Relations double major with a minor in Political Science. Outside of working with
MFOL, Ella currently serves as a Student Activist Coordinator for the Iowa branch of Amnesty
International, a human rights organization that also focuses on the gun violence epidemic both
domestically and abroad. Ella has also worked with a nonpartisan voter education organization
called Vote Smart and on multiple local and presidential campaigns.
ABIGAIL WHARTON — SHE/HER
Abigail is currently serving as a Communications Associate for March For Our Lives Iowa. She is an eighth grader at Johnston Middle School where she participates in cross country, track and field, mock trial, and her school’s chapter of Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention. She is also active in the political scene. Ever since Parkland Abigail has been passionate about ending the gun violence epidemic in America. She is ecstatic to be working with the ambitious MFOL team in order to create a safer future for Americans.
NATALIE KNAPP — SHE/HER
Natalie is currently serving as March For Our Lives Communications Specialist. She is a homeschooled senior in High School while taking most credits at Kirkwood Community College. Natalie is hoping to pursue a career in Speech Pathology and Social work in order to make a lasting impact in her community. Natalie currently serves as Lieutenant Governor of Area 7 for Key Club, an Iowa Youth Congress member, and President of Teens Against Human Trafficking. She also participates in many other activities, volunteer opportunities, and local and federal campaigns.
REBECCA LYONS — SHE/HER
STATE ORGANIZING DIRECTOR
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 and International Relations. 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 volunteering for the Theresa Greenfield 2020 Senate campaign! 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.