Ebonee Woods has a passion for the NAACP. As a member of the Des Moines Branch, she serves as the Branch Secretary, Co-Advisor for the Des Moines Youth Council and works as the Region IV Adult Representative to the National Youth Works Committee.
Born in Cape Girardeau, MO, Ebonee moved to Iowa with her family in late childhood and considers Des Moines to be her hometown. She is a proud graduate of Hoover High School. Ebonee has been a member of the NAACP since high school. During those years, she competed in the national ACT-SO program and helped organize the reinstatement of the Des Moines Youth Council Charter.
Ebonee further pursued her interest in civil rights and public service after graduation, beginning with campaign work when she joined the Iowa Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign in 2002 at age 17. That opportunity and her education path led to her work as a public servant for the past decade, working in both Iowa and Missouri state governments. She served as Senate Secretary for the late Iowa State Senator Dr. Joseph Seng; in Missouri Governor Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon’s administration as the Community Engagement Coordinator of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge at Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and she served as an Educator for the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS). Currently, Ebonee the Business & Community Partnerships Coordinator for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART).
Ebonee attended Lincoln University, a Historically Black College/University in Jefferson City, MO. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Political Science and was a President’s Coin recipient. Currently she resides in Johnston, Iowa and is a proud aunt to Rosa, Malcolm and Langston. You can usually find her inventing creative ways to avoid watching Frozen 2 or randomly answering trivia questions asked by the game show hosts on her television.