Rhonda Chittenden Calderon

Rhonda Chittenden Calderon joined our board in 2018. A Master’s prepared educator, she is now a collaborative team member at Next Step Adventure, a Des Moines-based consulting group. Using everyday storytelling and transformational coaching, Rhonda leads small groups of committed white people in the urgent work of transforming white privilege into racial responsibility and justice. Rhonda served as primary researcher and author of One Economy, a recent critical report on the financial well-being of African Americans and Africans living in Polk County. She has six years non-profit leadership experience as executive director of EyesOpenIowa, Iowa’s teen pregnancy prevention and parenting organization. During her twenty years in the non-profit sector, Rhonda pioneered professional development experiences on emerging social themes including girls’ anger, female sexual subjectivity, and culturally-competent health care for LGBT populations. She received the Courageous Advocacy Award from the Iowa Gender-Specific Services Task Force for advocacy on the sexual health needs of girls in the juvenile justice system. Rhonda has a Master’s degree in Family & Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University. She is currently on course to earn the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification from the International Coach Federation. Rhonda lives and loves in Des Moines with her partner and two children.