As a leader in advocacy and community development, Jennifer Banta has a knack for solving big problems through collaboration. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jennifer brings energy, passion, and empathy to everything she does through her role at the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, working with community partners to address important issues like economic equality, affordable child care, and more. In 2019, Jennifer organized a community conversation around child care, leading to the development of the Johnson County Child Care Coalition along with an invitation to the Governor’s Child Care Task Force to advocate for access to high quality, affordable child care at the state and federal levels. During the pandemic Jennifer helped launch the Neighborhood NESTS (Nurturing Every Student Together Safely) to help Iowa City’s underserved students learn in a safe space with adult supervision and internet access during the shutdown. On the weekends she’s a passionate gardener bringing attention to the importance of reestablishing Iowa’s native prairies.