AMES, Iowa — Johnny G. Alcivar, AICP, director of workforce programs at Proteus, Inc., is a recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Young Professional Award presented by the Iowa State University College of Design.

Established in 2020, the award recognizes College of Design alumni who received their most recent degree from Iowa State University within the past 10 years and have excelled in their professions early in their careers.

Alcivar, from Des Moines, received a bachelor of science in political science and international studies in 2010 and a master of community and regional planning in 2014 from Iowa State. He was recognized during the ISU Alumni Association’s 89th Honors and Awards Ceremony, held virtually April 7, and at a special virtual College of Design reception.

At Proteus, a multi-state nonprofit organization that assists agricultural workers, Alcivar is responsible for the delivery of the National Farmworker Jobs Program — funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration — in Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska. The program targets chronic unemployment and underemployment in agriculture by facilitating career and training services for farmworkers who seek to retain employment or gain new opportunities.

Alcivar started his career with the City of Cedar Rapids, where he served as education and outreach coordinator with the Civil Rights Commission and then became a Development Services Division specialist. Prior to joining Proteus, he worked as an assistant city planner with the Des Moines Community Development Department.

Alcivar is passionate about community involvement and representation. In 2019, he was recognized by the Iowa International Center as a Passport to Prosperity Honoree for exemplary leadership and for creating a positive impact on the lives of Iowans. In 2020, he was selected as a Des Moines Business Record “Forty Under 40” honoree.

Alcivar serves as secretary on the Street Collective of Greater Des Moines board of directors, where he advocates for access to alternative forms of transportation as well as sidewalk equity and transit safety. He recently joined the Iowa International Center board of directors. Additionally, he is an appointed member of the Des Moines Plan and Zoning Commission. He previously served on the board of the New Leaders Council Des Moines Chapter. He holds American Institute of Certified Planners certification through the American Planning Association.


Johnny Alcivar, Proteus, Inc., johnnya@proteusinc.net
Rachel Moylan, Design Events and Alumni Relations, rmoylan@iastate.edu
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, hsauer@iastate.edu