Mission Statement

West Des Moines Human Rights Commission influences and advocates for community and government systems to ensure an inclusive, equitable and thriving community.

Human Rights Commission 2019

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Rich Salas, Sanjita Pradhan, Tom Hadden, Laura Reveles, Mark Hillenbrand (former commissioner), Lonnette Dafney, Heather Schott, Mindy Begenat (not pictured: Milton Cole, Chandlor Collins, Councilwoman Renee Hardman) 


Current Commissioners:
Sanjita Pradhan, Chair

Lonnette Dafney
Dr. Rich Salas
Heather Schott
Mindy Begenat, Vice Chair

Milton Cole-Duvall
Chandlor Collins

Councilwoman Renee Hardman, Council Liaison
Laura Reveles, Staff Liaison


Please read this letter from the West Des Moines Human Rights Commission in response to the death of George Floyd


The West Des Moines Human Rights Commission is comprised of seven residents of the City of West Des Moines who are appointed by the Mayor for a three-year term. All Mayoral appointments are subject to the approval of the West Des Moines City Council. If you are interested in serving as a Human Rights Commission member, you may request an application from the City Clerk’s office located in City Hall, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines, or submit the form online.


Meetings take place monthly beginning in January typically on the second Thursday of each month at 4:30 pm at City Hall in the Council Chambers. There is time allocated for the public to speak at the beginning of each meeting.



Please call the Human Rights phone line at 515-222-3675 or contact Laura Reveles at 515-222-4320.

The West Des Moines City Council passed the Human Rights Ordinance on December 14, 1998. The Human Rights Commission is an appointed body created to foster use of its programs and procedures to proclaim a public policy of non-discrimination by:
~Securing freedom from discriminatory practices
~Protecting individual dignity
~Preserving the public safety, health, and general welfare
~Promoting the interests, rights, and privileges of individual citizens within the City of West Des Moines 

For more information:

WDM Diversity Advocate for members of the public relating to issues of municipal public services regarding equality and diversity based on age, color, creed, disability, gender identify, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation: Laura Reveles (515) 222-4320 or Laura.Reveles@wdm.iowa.gov

Iowa Department of Human Rights

One Iowa

Iowa Civil Rights Commission

West Des Moines Police Liaison:  Captain James Barrett