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She didn't see anyone representing students like her, so she ran for office herself

At 24, Dionna Langford is the youngest member ever to sit on the school board in Des Moines, Iowa. “I didn’t see anybody who could relate to the student experience in terms that I could,” she says of her decision to run for elected office.

She sees herself as part of a movement of young people stepping into leadership roles to help shape the future of their world. Now, in a position to lead conversations about race and equity in Des Moines public schools, Langford sees the enormity of the problems in front of her but also the power she has to help solve them.

Fusion is profiling 30 women, all 30 or younger, who will change the presidential election—fighting for causes as diverse as their backgrounds, each wielding power in a unique way. You can check out their stories here and talk about them with the hashtag #the30.

She didn't see anyone representing students like her, so she ran for office herself

At 24, Dionna Langford is the youngest member ever to sit on the school board in Des Moines, Iowa. “I didn’t see anybody who could relate to the student experience in terms that I could,” she says of her decision to run for elected office.

She sees herself as part of a movement of young people stepping into leadership roles to help shape the future of their world. Now, in a position to lead conversations about race and equity in Des Moines public schools, Langford sees the enormity of the problems in front of her but also the power she has to help solve them.

Fusion is profiling 30 women, all 30 or younger, who will change the presidential election—fighting for causes as diverse as their backgrounds, each wielding power in a unique way. You can check out their stories here and talk about them with the hashtag #the30.

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