Ivania Guerra Ceron is a proud immigrant from Santa Ana, El Salvador. In 2002, she and her family were forced to immigrate to Iowa due to the violent and impoverished conditions in El Salvador. Ivania grew up in Des Moines and faced many challenges in learning a new language and navigating a different culture. Ivania found support in family, friends and teachers who believed in her potential.
A proud graduate of the public school system and alumna of North High School, one of Ivania's passions is providing access to quality education for minoritized communities. She is a believer in hard work combined with access to opportunities; Ivania was blessed to attend the University of Iowa on a full-ride scholarship. She graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Ethics and Public Policy, a minor in Latinx Studies, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management.
Ivania currently serves as the Assistant Director for Al Èxito. Al Èxito supports Latinx students through afterschool programming geared to build their leadership potential. She serves as the co-president for a new community organization, Iowa Queer Communities of Color Coalition. She is passionate about creating more inclusive spaces in Des Moines for people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and immigrants.