Iowa State University Alumni Association

Nora K. Tobin 2017

Political Science & International Studies ’10
West Des Moines, Iowa

In the global fight against hunger, disease, and poverty, Nora Tobin is a true warrior.

Tobin is currently the executive director of Self-Help International, headquartered in Waverly, Iowa, where she manages a team of 20 employees in three countries who are actively working to alleviate hunger. She directs the organization’s fundraising efforts, evaluates programs on the ground in Ghana and Nicaragua, and recruits staff and interns.

Tobin’s past experiences have positioned her well to excel in the leadership of Self-Help International; she has worked as an international student exchange administrator in Washington, D.C., as well as in the Iowa State Study Abroad Center, and served as the World Food Prize’s George Washington Carver Intern while attending ISU. As an undergraduate, she worked to raise hunger and poverty awareness on campus through the ONE Campaign/Make Poverty History and even spoke directly with seven U.S. presidential candidates about these issues. Tobin holds a master’s degree in international peace studies from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she wrote her dissertation on the topic of peacebuilding in West Belfast. Throughout her academic and professional career she has traveled to many nations, including Burundi, South Africa, and Ukraine, to conduct research and assist with legal and community development initiatives.

Tobin is a member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Global Resource Systems Advisory Council, Rotary International, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Iowa Advisory Committee. Among the awards and honors she has previously received are the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, USA Today College Academic First Team, and the ISU Alumni Association’s Wallace E. Barron All-University Senior Award.


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