University of Iowa

Becky Miles-Polka

Role: Community-based Nonprofit Organization

As founder and President of Within Reach Consulting Services, Becky Miles-Polka serves as a trusted advisor to non-profit leaders, coalitions, funders, public and private sector leaders engaged in improving the well-being of communities and the people who live in them. She brings experience in community change, population health and maternal-child health.

Becky is a Senior Consultant to the Campaign for Grade Level Reading serving as the State lead for Iowa, and has additional leadership roles in the areas of health and school readiness. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Healthy Communities at Iowa Health System in Des Moines, Iowa.

She has authored work for the National Civic Review, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and is co-author on "A Field Guide to Community Coaching". Becky serves as the chair of the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation. She received her MS from the University of Colorado and is licensed as a Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife.