Media Advisory: Waterloo Business Woman to Join Nancy Pelosi at Press Conference Thursday in DC


Contact:       Sue Dinsdale, Iowa Citizen Action Network


Iowa Main Street Alliance Leader and ICAN member ReShonda Young to Join with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at the US Capitol

Announcing The Economic Agenda for Women and Children

Iowa Small Business Owners also set to meet with Members of Congress

**To schedule interviews or for more information: contact Sue Dinsdale at 515-480-3240

Washington, DC – Iowa native ReShonda Young of Waterloo has been invited to speak at a press conference on Thursday on the US Capitol Steps as Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic Women announce their economic agenda for women.  Young will give a woman’s perspective on the need for pay equity and a fair minimum wage.

 See below for the advisory from Nancy Pelosi’s office.

Young is part of a delegation of small business owners from across the nation who are in Washington, D.C., this week to talk with their congressional representatives. Chief among the issues discussed will be the importance of passing immigration reform with a roadmap to citizenship, which holds the potential to give a much needed boost to Main Streets throughout the United States.


Iowa small business leaders, Chris Petersen and Reshonda Young will meet with Representative Latham, and Senators Harkin and Grassley to urge them to work on a reform bill with a roadmap to citizenship.  Bringing the undocumented out of the shadows will create jobs, spur new business formation, boost customer demand on Main Street, and strengthen the country’s fiscal position.


ReShonda Young
Operations Manager, Alpha Express, Inc
Waterloo, Iowa

ReShonda Young is the Operations Manager and Corporate Vice President for Alpha Express, a transportation and delivery business that hauls parts for companies across the U.S. and Canada, and Alpha Services, a contracting business that provides maintenance services. Based in Waterloo, Iowa, Alpha Express was founded by ReShonda’s father in 1989. After earning a degree in Business Management, and working in Iowa’s insurance sector for 12 years, ReShonda joined her father in running the family business in 2006, which now employs about 50 people. ReShonda has been an active voice on small business issues in Iowa as a founding member of the Iowa Main Street Alliance.

Chris Petersen
Family Farmer
Clear Lake, Iowa

Chris Petersen is a family farmer from Clear Lake.  He has served as vice president and president of the Iowa Farmers Union, is a national Board Member of OCM (Organization of Competitive Markets). Chris has been involved in production agriculture for 40 years. He and his wife Kristi maintain a 30-sow Berkshireherd on their farm near Clear Lake, IA; they produce 400 pigs a year, all of which are sold locally or to niche pork companies (no packers), and bales and sells hay commercially. He has been an active voice in the health care debate and on small business and rural issues for years.  He is a founding member of the Iowa Main Street Alliance and Vice President of the Iowa Citizen Action Network Board of Directors.

Iowa Main Street Alliance is a project of Iowa Citizen Action Network. The 600 members are small business owners/entrepreneurs/ farmers from across the state who are dedicated to giving a voice to small business in the immigration debate. Read more.


News from Nancy Pelosi, Iowa Citizen Action Network,

July 17, 2013

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

*** Media Advisory ***

Pelosi, House Democratic Women to Announce
Economic Agenda for Women & Families

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic women will hold a press conference tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. on the House East Front Steps to announce: “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families.”  The agenda focuses on policies that address real economic needs facing women and families: ensuring equal pay for equal work, promoting work and family balance, and providing access to affordable child care.


WHO:          Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

    Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)

                   Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA),

                                     Co-Chair, Democratic Women’s Working Group

    Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD),

                     Co-Chair, Democratic Women’s Working Group

    House Democratic Women

    American Women calling for action on Democrats’ economic agenda

WHAT:        Press Conference to Announce Economic Agenda for Women & Families

WHEN:        Thursday, July 18, 2013.  Event begins at 1:30 p.m.

PRE-SET:     Camera crews must be set by 12:30 p.m. for a security sweep.

WHERE:       House East Front Steps

     The Capitol

     Washington, D.C.

NOTE:         Press must RSVP to