Jo Butterfield, Executive Director


Jo Butterfield joined the CIVIC team as the Executive Director in February of 2014. CIVIC provides the opportunity for Jo to fulfill many of her passions, including fostering mutual understanding across national borders through people-to-people exchange and working with young adults to develop transferable professional skills. Jo took a somewhat peculiar path to her positions at CIVIC.  For many years she was in the restaurant industry and also operated her own small business. She returned to school to pursue a graduate degree in 2004. While earning her degree, Jo worked at the UI Center for Human Rights as a program coordinator. In 2012, she completed her Ph.D. in History and a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. Her academic research centers on the history of women’s human rights. Jo is also a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa where she teaches courses on the World since 1945, Cold War America, the U.S. in World Affairs, and the History of Human Rights.


Mark Schoen – Programming Coordinator

Mark Shoen website photoMark Schoen is a Senior pursuing a degree in Economics with a minor in Art and Mathematics. Having worked with CIVIC for over two years, he as developed deep fondness for creating strong links between Iowa and the world. He is astonished everyday by the dedication of CIVIC’s volunteers and members and believes he is so lucky to have found such an engaged community. His favorite part about working for CIVIC is seeing the smiles on the visitors’ faces when he has provided something they could not have received anywhere else in the country. In his free time catch him reading in Prairie Lights, running along the river, or conversing with friends at the Clinton Street Social Club. 

Emilie Wilson – Communications Coordinator

emilieEmilie is a second-year undergraduate at the University of Iowa. She is from Waukee, Iowa, and is double majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology. In her free time, Emilie enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. After graduation Emilie plans on pursuing a career in Public Relations, which encompasses her interests in writing, digital marketing, and graphic design.

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