Emma Barnum

The Congregational Administrator is a full time position responsible for the management of the UUS office, finances, and facilities. Emma’s major responsibilities include accounting, human resources, congregational communications, maintaining the church office, and overseeing facilities usage, maintenance, and management. Emma supervises two part-time paid staff: the Administrative Assistant and Building Steward, and coordinates with facilities and administrative committees, teams, volunteers, and vendors/contractors.

Emma joined the UUS staff in the fall of 2012. She has a J.D. in law from the University of Iowa, where she focused on courses in nonprofit and government administration, and a B.A. in Cinema and Comparative Literature, also from the University of Iowa. Emma has previous experience volunteering at the Rape Victim Advocacy Clinic and as a student intern at the UI Legal Clinic, and she served for seven years on the board of FilmScene. She is also a trained mediator.

Emma and her husband Sam live on the Northside of Iowa City with their two young children (Dean and Henry) and two cats (Moxie and Iggy). She loves reading and binge-watching tv shows (both mostly sci-fi and fantasy), and is an amatuer baker, gardener, hiker, and crafter. Emma and Sam own and operate Brass Ring Coffee, a local small-batch coffee roastery.