What are your goals in your role at your company?
I hope to help lead Iowa towards our energy future with policies that enable additional wind and solar generation, energy efficiency, battery storage and electric vehicle usage. I hope to protect Iowans’ quality of life by reducing agricultural pollution in our water and increasing implementation of effective conservation practices.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
I hope to increase access to the University of Iowa REACH program by helping secure additional sources for scholarship funds so that students who would benefit from this life-changing program are not denied the opportunity because their family cannot afford the program’s cost.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
My family is my biggest passion because they provide tremendous joy and inspiration. My wife and children constantly amaze me, but more importantly, they motivate me to create a better community and world for them.
What is it that drives you?
This community has provided me with tremendous opportunities, from the quality of the public education that I received to the ability to be engaged in shaping our future. We owe it to future generations to create a community that continues to provide opportunity to everyone who chooses to live here.
What are your future aspirations?
I hope to have opportunities for public service.
Four reasons he’s a Forty:
1. He serves on the Polk County Early Childhood Iowa board.
2. Midwest Energy News recognized him as a regional leader in the energy field as part of its 2016 40 under 40 class.
3. As a policy adviser to Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson, he worked to help expand access to health care, including mental health and family planning services.
4. As a board member of the University of Iowa REACH program, he used his knowledge and experience in public policy to help low-income families secure access to funds through Pell grants for which UI REACH students originally did not qualify.