Today, Grassroots Leadership is mourning the loss of Donna Red Wing, who passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer.
Donna was Grassroots Leadership's second Executive Director, serving the organization in that capacity between 2010 and 2012. Before that, she was a long-time board member and supporter of the organization. Donna had a long career as trail-blazing organizer and national figure in the LGBT movement including serving in leadership roles at the Interfaith Alliance, Human Rights Campaign, and Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
After her time at Grassroots Leadership, Donna served as the director of One Iowa, an LGBT equality organization, until her retirement in 2016. Donna was someone who deeply believed that the struggle should include joy, humor, and compassion (and, after a hard day's work, a martini).
We send our thoughts and prayers to Sumitra, Donna's long-time partner, her family, and her community across the country, including those in Des Moines, which Donna lovingly referred to as the "Paris of the Midwest." Rest in power, Donna. Your legacy as a fighter for justice will be long remembered.