What are your goals in your role at your organization?
To create a robust public garden in the heart of Des Moines, that is woven into the fabric of our community and the lives of those who live, work or visit Central Iowa. And that the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is recognized as a top public garden, known and respected by peer gardens.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
To be a resource to nonprofit colleagues who are leading change within their organization. There is so much that we can learn from others’ experiences. For all the generosity that was given to me, it is rewarding to give back.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
My two kids, Henry and Agnes. They have big hearts and curious minds. Spending time with them reminds me to slow down and explore the world around me. They fill our house with joy and remind me to tend to matters of the heart.
What is it that drives you?
I am driven by the belief that everyone deserves more beauty in their life, and that plants are a powerful force in our world. From our food, medicines, clothing and homes, to creating safer communities, balanced ecosystems, to the very air we breathe, life on earth is dependent upon plants.
What are your future aspirations?
To launch a communitywide garden contest, inspired by the city of Boston’s Garden Contest, celebrating residents and businesses who help beautify our neighborhoods. In the end, the Botanical Garden’s true success is measured by what we inspire and influence beyond the Botanical Garden’s footprint.
Four reasons she’s a Forty:
1. She brought an idea held by many community leaders to transform the former Botanical Center into focus, helping Central Iowa realize that we have a gem of a garden right here in our capital city.
2. The Botanical Garden’s operating budget grew by 175 percent, and the annual visitation doubled.
3. In 2016, she joined the Bravo Greater Des Moines board of directors and serves on Bravo’s finance committee.
4, She is also involved in the Downtown Chamber and the Historic East Village.