Lana Shope, CARES T/TA Project Director, National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) — Ms. Shope began her career in the community action network at Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc. (MICA) in Marshalltown Iowa. Over a period of ten years, she created a variety of new programs that improved the lives of people experiencing poverty. Ms. Shope departed MICA to serve as the lobbyist for the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church where she was immersed in the day to day efforts of advocating and lobbying for social justice issues, including addressing the causes and conditions of poverty. After five years in this role, she returned to the network as the executive director of the Iowa Community Action Association (ICAA) and served in that role for sixteen years. With a commitment to increase her skills and knowledge, in 2010 Ms. Shope successfully completed the curriculum and became a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP). She now serves as the CARES Project Director for the National Community Action Partnership.