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Downtown Chamber names Bennett as new executive director


Staci Bennett has been named the new executive director for the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber announced the move Monday, saying Bennett will begin her new role on Feb. 1. She succeeds Jennifer Chittenden, who stepped down last fall after accepting another opportunity.

Bennett comes to the chamber from Living History Farms, where she served as director of community relations. According to a news release, she managed guest services, membership, events and retail operations for Living History Farms.

“My career has been built on developing strong relationships, applying creative solutions to problems, and serving the community,” said Bennett, a Des Moines native. “I look forward to learning more about what our members and community need and how to provide additional support, especially as we navigate through these difficult times.”

Bennett earned a Master of Business Administration from Drake University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary leadership at Creighton University.

Amanda Wiebers, president of the Downtown Chamber board of directors, said Bennett’s “dedication and passion” will help guide the chamber and its members into the “next era of downtown Des Moines.”

“Downtown Des Moines has been a catalyst for many sectors of our city – large business, cultural landmarks, small retail and services, non-profits, education hubs and housing,” Wiebers said in the release. “The Downtown Chamber’s members encompass all of these sectors and require an executive director who will serve them with an open mind and open doors to opportunity.”

Photo submitted by the Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce

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