Mitzi Bola os Anderson starts as Des Moines Director of Civil and Human Rights


DES MOINES, IOWA — Tuesday, May 17, 2022 — The City of Des Moines today announced the hiring of Mitzi Bolaños Anderson as Director of the Department of Civil and Human Rights. Anderson joins the city of Anchorage, Alaska, where she has served as executive director of the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission since 2019.

“As a recognized leader in advocacy and community engagement, we are extremely pleased to have someone with Mitzi’s experience and skills to lead our civil and human rights efforts,” said the City Manager Scott Sanders. “She will be a strong advocate for the people of Des Moines for the protection of human rights, equality and justice.”

Anderson is a public interest attorney with nearly 15 years of experience in federal, state and local government. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA earlier in her career and is also a certified mediator, resolving disputes for the Alaska State Commission on Human Rights from 2017-2019.

“I am thrilled to be part of this vibrant community and to amplify these voices who are already working hard for equity, inclusion and justice,” Anderson said. “I look forward to listening and learning from our community leaders and working with other city departments and officials to find creative ways to achieve our shared vision of a more equitable Des Moines.”

Anderson began her work with the city on May 2, after acting director Manisha Paudel resumed her role as the city’s chief equity officer.
Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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