Erma Mujic was born in Doboj, Bosnia and immigrated to Iowa as a refugee at the age of 12, where has made Des Moines her second home. She graduated from Drake University with a B.A. in Law, Politics and Society and Masters in Public Administration where she discovered her passion for justice and human rights. She experienced firsthand the transformative power of education, and learned that she aspired to serve others, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds.
She obtained a position with State of Iowa - Iowa College Aid and through various fulfilling roles, worked to increase educational attainment in the State, especially for low-income and underserved populations. Erma currently serves as the Director for Public Allies Iowa AmeriCorps program at Des Moines Area Community College, a program whose mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.
Erma supports human rights and education causes by serving on the board of directors for Refugee Resource Center of Iowa and Iowa United Nations Association. She volunteers her time to Lutheran Services in Iowa where she serves as a classroom assistant for community-based ESL program.
Her curiosity and appreciation of others’ cultures has inspired Erma to travel extensively, including a recent trip around the world which included 4 continents and thirteen countries. When she packs away her suitcase, Erma enjoys exploring Iowa’s beauty through local bike trails and spending time with family and friends. They are her connection to her roots and identity, and she nurtures those relationships by sharing meals, stories, and the ritual that is Bosnian coffee.