DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the appointment of Elizabeth Johnson of Altoona to serve as Executive Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Johnson, currently an administrative law judge at Iowa Workforce Development, begins her new role on Aug. 26, 2019.

Prior to her current role, Johnson served as a Civil Rights Specialist at the Commission and worked as an attorney in private practice and at the Iowa Department of Revenue. She is a former president of the Iowa Association of Administrative Law Judges and currently serves as its treasurer.

Johnson has a juris doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Clarke (College) University in Dubuque.

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission is a neutral, fact-finding law enforcement agency charged with effectively enforcing the Iowa Civil Rights Act. ICRC enforces state and federal laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, public accommodations, housing, education and credit by investigating and litigating civil rights complaints. The Commission also provides conflict resolution services including mediation and conciliation for civil rights matters. In addition to its role as a law enforcement agency, the Commission works to prevent discrimination by providing training and education to the public.

Johnson’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate.