Nick Benson currently serves as the Director of Community Development and Outreach for the Provost’s Office of Outreach & Engagement and the Program Director for the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. He shapes the university’s community development initiatives by leading the IISC, the RC&D partnership, and other community outreach efforts. He enjoys engaging departments across the university and communities throughout the state in mutually beneficial partnerships that innovate on both the university’s public mission and the challenges facing Iowa’s cities and small towns. Nick earned both his master degree in Urban Planning and Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, and is a licensed attorney in Iowa. Nick previously worked in Planning and Community Development for the City of Iowa City and for Leff Law Firm. In his spare time, Nick enjoys hiking, traveling, and is a self-described news/politics junkie.