CEDAR RAPIDS — John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas is the new executive director for the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission.
Keith Rippy, chairman of the city commission, on Monday said Chaisson-Cardenas comes to the city of Cedar Rapids with a “wealth of experience” in civil rights, cultural competence, public policy, human rights and diversity.
The new executive director has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and has completed coursework for a Ph.D in cross-cultural competence education and training.
He began work on Monday.
Chaisson-Cardenas replaces Karl Cassell, who took over as president/CEO of family service agency Horizons on June 3.