Ames Human Relations Commission


The Ames Human Relations Commission's (AHRC) jurisdiction covers discriminatory actions against a person because of his or her race, ethnicity, national origin, color, creed, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, physical disability, age (employment and credit only), familial status (presence of children, for housing only), marital status (credit only), or developmental disability (not applicable to credit). Click here to download the AHRC brochure.

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The commission issues reports, conducts educational activities, and participates in and/or sponsors community events that promote good will among various racial, religious, and ethnic groups and minimize or eliminate discriminatory practices. Prepares and submits annual report to Council. Receives, investigates, and determines the merits of discrimination complaints. Generally meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.


Raghul Ethiraj
Mary Beth Oostenbrug
Amy Juhnke
John Klaus
Heidi Thompson
Brian Phillips, City Liaison

Appointment Book
Meeting Information


Human Relations Commission Investigative & Conciliation Officers
 Members shall serve as staff to the Human Relations Commission.  Commission conducts initial investigation of complaints regarding discriminatory practices.  Meetings are scheduled when necessary.


Elaine Phompheng

Daniel Brown

Tim Ellet 

Phil Squibb

Amanda Hassid

Human Relations Commission Hearing Officers 
Persons appointed must be educated in the law. Commission conducts hearings to determine probable cause upon complaints filed with the Human Relations Commission. No meetings.


 Aaron Fultz

Joseph Rayzor


Human Relations Complaint Form 
If you feel that you have been discriminated against in Ames, you may file a discrimination complaint with the following agencies:

  • Ames Human Relations Commission (AHRC)
    You may contact the City Manager's Office at (515) 239-5101 and/ or file a human relations complaint using the Human Relations Complaint Form updated 2015. You may also want to refer to Chapter 14 of the Ames Municipal Code. 
  • For discrimination issues outside of Ames, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development

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