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Partnership announces key promotions


The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced the promotion of four key leaders within the organization, to four newly created positions.

Marvin DeJear has been promoted to chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. DeJear will lead and facilitate the Partnership’s Inclusion Council; Inclusion Summit; CEO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Roundtables; DEI training, opportunities and offerings to Investors and Members; and all other DEI initiatives. He will also work closely with the Capital Crossroads regional vision plan and the DSM USA 4 Equity Collective. This new position elevates a previous DEI-focused position within the organization and reflects the continued importance of cultivating a welcoming region through DEI efforts in the community. DeJear has worked as the organization’s senior vice president of talent development since 2021. The Partnership plans to hire a new senior vice president of talent development, and will post that opening soon.



Kyle Oppenhuizen has been promoted to vice president of communications. In this position, he will be responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations and media relations activities. Oppenhuizen will also manage communications activities that promote, enhance and protect the organization’s brand reputation. This new position represents an elevated role of Oppenhuizen’s previous position as director of communications. Oppenhuizen has worked on the Partnership’s communications and marketing team since 2014.





Pam Bull has been promoted to senior director of human resources and information technology. Bull will provide support throughout the organization in many aspects, including human resources, technology and general assistance. This new position represents an elevated role of Bull’s previous position as director of human resources and information technology. She has worked at the Partnership for 17 years.



Angie Stepsis has been promoted to the Partnership’s chief of staff position. In this new position in the organization, Stepsis will lead investor relations and investor engagement efforts and will oversee several of the organization’s signature events and sponsorships. She will also manage the Partnership’s internal operating system, and will continue to work closely with the president and CEO, chief operating officer, the board and executive committee and the Greater Des Moines Committee. Stepsis has worked as the Partnership’s executive assistant to the president and CEO since 2019.

“Our organization is consistently evaluating how we can evolve and align the skills of our team members with roles that serve our investors, members and the Greater Des Moines community,” said Jay Byers, president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “Pam, Marvin, Kyle and Angie are talented professionals who live the core values of the Partnership on a daily basis and continually work toward advancing our region every day.”

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