Nayely Hurtado is a RISE AmeriCorps member with the Iowa Latino Affairs Commission.
Nayely is currently attending Northeastern University in Boston for a Masters in Public Policy. Having grown up in Iowa, she has known that the Latinx community in the state struggles with unmet needs and is often marginalized by local leaders.
Following COVID-19 news reports that those most affected in the United States overall were communities of color, especially those limited by language, Nayely decided to get involved with the Línea de Ayuda at EMBARC.
As a case manager locates resources, advocates for, and communicates with Spanish-speaking callers across Iowa. She hopes that this experience helps her become a better advocate as well as connect her to the Latinx community and its leaders.