School Board Selects Dwana Bradley for District 3 Seat


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The Des Moines School Board has selected Dwana Bradley to fill the soon-to-be vacant District 3 seat.

The Des Moines School Board has appointed Dwana Bradley to serve out the remainder of its District 3 seat term. Natasha Newcomb, who is resigning from the School Board at the end of the year, currently holds the seat. Bradley will be sworn into office on January 8.

Bradley brings a range of experiences to the position. She holds a bachelor’s degree in child and family services from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in teacher literacy from Drake University as well as a specialist’s degree in administration.

Bradley spent nearly seven years as a reading interventionist with Des Moines Public Schools. She is currently a teacher in the after-school program at Homes of Oakridge as well as owner of Iowa Urban Media, a community-focused publishing company. Bradley has also been active in the community, such as chairing a committee for the Iowa Juneteenth Observance, volunteering on the DMPS attendance committee, serving as choir director at True Bible Baptist Church, and graduating from the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. She has two children.

“I am looking forward to serving on the School Board in order to serve, advocate, and be a voice for those I represent,” noted Bradley.

“In making this selection we were fortunate to have several very qualified people who applied to serve our school district,” added Cindy Elsbernd, chair of the Des Moines School Board. “It was a tough decision to make, but consensus was that Dwana’s experiences will bring a valuable perspective to the School Board.”

Other applicants for the School Board opening were Susan Griffiths, Suzette Jensen, Jay Peterson, and Carl Voss.

The District 3 seat on the School Board represents parts of northeast Des Moines as well as Pleasant Hill. Bradley will serve through the November 5, 2019 School Board election.