Bravo Greater Des Moines announced today that its executive director, MD Isley, will leave the organization in June. Isley has accepted a position as dean of business management and information technology with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC).
Isley joined Bravo in the summer of 2008 as its first executive director. Since then, the organization has grown from nine to 16 local government partners.
"I am just incredibly proud of the progress Bravo has made working in tandem with the arts community and the community as a whole," Isley said in a telephone interview. "I feel that the feedback I get continually is that the arts community is recognized, valued, promoted and celebrated as a vital asset to the Greater Des Moines community."
Isley said one of Bravo's most significant accomplishments has been its inclusion in the Capital Crossroads planning effort, which has allowed the organization to work with stakeholders to promote the arts on a more regional basis.
He previously served in several higher education roles, among them founding executive director of the Des Moines Higher Education Collaborative. Prior to that position, he was an associate dean at DMACC's West Des Moines campus.
"For me, this is a wonderful opportunity to return to what I would say is my first passion," he said.
Isley's last day with Bravo will be June 18, the date of the organization's annual board meeting. Bravo Board Chair Sharon Krause and a search committee will immediately begin the process to hire a new executive director, the organization said in a press release.
Since 2006, Bravo has provided more than $18 million in funding to the arts, culture and heritage community of Central Iowa via local hotel/motel tax receipts. The organization anticipates its current fiscal year grant funding will reach nearly $3 million.
To read a 2008 Business Record Closer Look profile about Isley, click here.