What are your goals in your role at your company?
I work to create a strong philanthropic culture of community for Planned Parenthood across the state of Iowa. While leading a team of four, I am accountable for the construction and execution of a strategic, donor-centric development plan, and work collaboratively throughout the organization to drive the mission forward.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
A proud resident of Des Moines’ historic River Bend neighborhood, I am passionate about advancing the area’s renewal efforts and encouraging others to invest in this gem of a neighborhood.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
Lifting up women. I’m a member of Lead Like a Lady, a group that works to connect women through support and development to become a community of empowered and engaged leaders. Every woman deserves to be supported by, and supportive of, a “tribe” of accomplished women.
What is it that drives you?
Planned Parenthood turned 100 this year. Generations of strong women (and men) fought before me to ensure that I grew up in a community where I had access to reproductive health care and education. I am committed to ensuring that my children are afforded these same opportunities.
What are your future aspirations?
Furthering the celebration of philanthropy in Des Moines. I love planning AFP’s National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, an event which honors individuals and companies who exemplify the spirit and practice of philanthropy. I believe it is our community’s generosity which has set our city apart from others.
Four reasons she’s a Forty:
1. She was awarded Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s national Fundraising Achievement Award in 2016, which recognizes the fundraiser who used his or her unique skill set to lead transformational growth.
2. She is Lead Like a Lady’s newly elected secretary.
3. She is a 2016 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Connect Program.
4. She serves on the Central Iowa Association of Fundraising Professionals’ board, as well as on AFP’s National Philanthropy Day planning committee.