What are your goals in your role at your company?
I lead our efforts to ensure that nonprofits grow their endowments and think strategically about fundraising and planned giving. I also educate prospective donors about how the Community Foundation can help them streamline their charitable giving.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
I want to recruit and retain young professionals in Greater Des Moines. My service on the board of the Des Moines Social Club and the West Des Moines Public Art Advisory Commission reflects my desire to see the metro be an attractive place for millennials and for young families.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
As a member of the LGBT community, I believe very strongly in promoting equality, equity and justice for all people, regardless of their station in life. We must be inclusive if we want to promote ourselves as a world-class metro area.
What is it that drives you?
I have lived in Des Moines for nine years, and I have always been pleasantly surprised by how generous our local leaders are. Recently, some young professionals have been reaching out to me, so I am humbled to “pay it forward” and try to duplicate what I have experienced.
What are your future aspirations?
I would like to lead an arts and culture organization or human services nonprofit by the time I’m 40.
Four reasons he’s a Forty:
1. He was part of a team that raised a record-setting $62 million at the Community Foundation in 2016.
2. He led multiyear efforts to expand the now-flourishing local chapter of New Leaders Council.
3. He administers the First Friday Breakfast Club scholarship program, presenting awards to LGBT high school seniors annually.
4. He played a key role in the coalition of civic, nonprofit and political organizations that defended the Iowa Supreme Court decision to legalize marriage equality in 2009.