Born and raised in Poweshiek County, Ivy graduated from Montezuma High School before attending Iowa State University. She and her husband, Andy, have two children. Ivy works in information technology at Grinnell College and volunteers her time with political and women’s organizations and as a firefighter. Even before she had political ambitions, Ivy knew that engagement in the political process was crucial, regardless of party affiliation. She joined the Grinnell League of Women Voters—a nonpartisan organization— to help people overcome the barriers to voter registration and voting itself that many rural residents face. Through League involvement, Ivy began regular communication with the state legislators, understanding the legislative process and regular visits to the state capitol which have all been an integral part in the decision to run to serve district 38 in Des Moines.
Ivy's priorities focus on rural revitalization to enhance education, workers’ rights, our health care system, voting rights, and the environment. The crucial thing is to create opportunities: Give students options for job training and apprenticeships after they complete high school. Fully fund their public schools and take care of their needs so they can focus on learning and not where their next meal is coming from. Incentivize green practices in agriculture and industry. And develop infrastructure in our rural areas so everyone can access the Internet. There is no better way to ensure a competitive workforce and create jobs.