Pam LaFrenz, Executive Director

Engaging communities and focusing resources to end poverty is the mission of this Community Action Agency.

As one of 19 Community Action Agencies in the state, Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) continues to forge ahead to move families out of poverty. With the help of community partners, MVCAA makes a collective, concerted effort to equip families and individuals with the tools to succeed—a journey that began for me about 34 years ago.

In 1982, I began my career with MVCAA as the Head Start Director. In this capacity, I helped to lead the program’s special projects like:

  • Special Quest Team
  • Head Start/TANF Demonstration Initiative
  • Strengthening Partnerships and Community Resources with Literacy (SPARC) team
  • State of Missouri’s Tier One Partner for the Fathers For Life initiative

About 26 years later, I accepted the position as the Agency’s executive director, and currently serve on the following boards and state level committees:

  • Missouri Community Action Network Board of Directors
  • Missouri Head Start Association Board of Directors
  • Region 7 Head Start Association Board of Directors
  • National Head Start Association Board of Directors
  • Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.
  • Head Start State Collaboration Advisory Council

In my role as executive director, I have the honor to play a crucial role in the fight to eradicate poverty. And, with the support of MVCAA’s dedicated staff, we strive daily to realize our mission.

I hold a BSE in Elementary Education and am a 1993 graduate of the Johnson and Johnson Fellows Program from UCLA. I am a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) and at Level 4 C on the Missouri Career Lattice in the Missouri Professional Achievement and Recognition System–OPEN Initiative.

Additionally, I completed the Missouri Non Profit Leadership Program through the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at University of Missouri-Columbia.

Pam Lafrenz MVCAA executive director