Meet the Podcast Team
Emily J. Shields has served as executive director of Iowa Campus Compact (IACC) since 2011. She is the co-chair of the National Campus Compact Network Operations Committee and serves on the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, the Grinnell College Prize Review Committee, and the Grand View University Business School Advisory Council.An Iowa native, she has two toddlers and lives with her partner in Des Moines, Iowa. Her hobbies include listening to podcasts, playing outside, supporting progressive candidates, and bossing people around.
J.R. Jamison has spent nearly two decades connecting higher education and nonprofits through meaningful community engagement partnerships to strengthen their impact and better orchestrate their narratives as one. He is the Executive Director of Indiana Campus Compact, the Co-Founder and Chief Storytelling Officer of The Facing Project, and he serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. He seeks to connect people to create understanding across difference, and he likes peanut butter and puppies — but not together.
Navaal is a senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying Media and Communications. She fell in love with podcasts while listening to Radiolab, and she aspires to tell stories as seamlessly one day. Her passions include animals, traveling, and hockey — but not necessarily in that order.