Staff Spotlight: Rock focuses on water and clean energy in Iowa

Katie Rock recently joined the Center for Rural Affairs, where her focus will be on water and clean energy issues in Iowa. She is based in our Nevada, Iowa, office.

“I’m excited to join the Center’s staff in Iowa. There is a lot at stake for rural communities when it comes to water and clean energy,” said Rock. “How Iowa handles these issues will leave a lasting legacy for families, communities and the land. I have a real passion for making sure rural areas have a voice on these issues and can benefit from new opportunities.”

She serves as commissioner with Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District and on the executive committee of the North Raccoon River Watershed Management Coalition.

Rock brings a broad background in agricultural research to the Center, covering biomass crops, biotechnology, and information technology. She has also done advocacy for young farmers, students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and through Make It Work, an advocacy group focused on working family issues.

Raised on a farm outside Muscatine in eastern Iowa, Rock has a bachelors in plant health from Iowa State University and a masters of science in applied plant science from the University of Minnesota. She is pursuing a masters in public administration at Drake University. She lives in Des Moines with her husband and three sons.