0525807rep-samad-2007-reducedAuthor, photographer, and counselor, Ako Abdul-Samad has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals and families for over three decades.

He is serving his second term in the House of Representatives and is now an Assistant Majority Leader. Also he serves on the Administration and Rules, Education, Labor, Transportation and Human Resources committees.

As the CEO/Founder of Creative Visions Human Development Center in Des Moines, Iowa Ako Abdul-Samad has established this non-profit organization and serves as the senior executive officer. Ako has established and directed business functions which include Employment Assistance and Support Services, Healthcare Management, Community Development and Advocacy, and consultancy on Culture & Diversity Education.

Ako has served on the Des Moines School Board.

Ako has recently published his first book, “A Deeper Truth, Revelations of the Soul”, a collection of poems depicting personal experiences and events within his own life’s journey and journeys of those he has encountered.

In 2009, Ako received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Activist award, for his demonstration of commitment toward improving the quality of life in his community and in the State of Iowa.

In 2004, Ako was awarded the National Caring Award, the Caring Institute seeks to identify, honor, and reinforce the activities of particularly caring Americans; those who enable the human race by transcending themselves in service to others by dedicating the better parts of their lives to helping those in need. They have created solutions where others have despaired of finding answers. The power of Ako’s example inspires a new standard of social responsibility.