Kate Dressel

Executive Director | She, Her, Hers

Kate serves as Executive Director of IowaSLI for the 2019-20 school year. Kate is a current Senior at Waukee High School and Waukee APEX Associate. She hopes to use her role in the organization to advocate for all youth who feel their voices have been ignored.


Throughout her life, Kate has been inspired to be a leader in the student voice movement; from speaking at school board meetings in middle school to creating a petition to allow tag at recess in third grade, she has always been passionate about empowering the voices of those unheard.


Recognizing the importance of student voices, Kate also serves on the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council. She hopes to continue the work of previous IowaSLI leadership, pushing for a state mandate to require student representatives on school boards across Iowa. “The only way to ensure that school is a positive learning environment is by giving students a voice. As students, we deserve to be represented in today’s education system,” says Dressel.


When she isn’t advocating for her peers, Kate can be found participating in speech team, model United Nations, FBLA, or campaigning for her favorite electoral candidates.

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