Age 39 | sales and marketing director, Deerfield Retirement

Angela Hilbert wasn’t sure exactly what type of work she would be doing after graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, but she knew that it would involve working with and influencing people.

It wasn’t long before her talents and interests drew her to work for nonprofit organizations. In the past decade, she has served in development roles with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, YMCA of Greater Des Moines, the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Dowling Catholic High School and Easter Seals Iowa.

“My attraction to nonprofits has always been to make a difference to a person,” Hilbert said. “Someone is always important, and the opportunity to change a life has driven me to be a part of that.”

Fundraising has been a consistent thread through both Hilbert’s professional and volunteer roles. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive, and served on the board and executive committee of Association of Fundraising Professionals from 2003 to 2009 and joined the Community Health Charities board of directors in 2008.

Hilbert married her high school sweetheart, Rob, who is the major gift officer for the Iowa Public Television Foundation.

Having grown up as a 4-H participant, she enjoys volunteering for 4-H, and she has been an Iowa State Fair volunteer for the past eight years.

One indication of the value Hilbert places on people and relationships are the numerous scrapbooks that she has created for her family and friends.

“The ones I love are the ones that capture the special moments of every day,” she said. “It’s addictive,” she said with a laugh, guessing that she has created more than 70. She’s already gotten both her daughters, 10-year-old, Samantha and 4-year-old Emerson, into scrapbooking.

Five reasons she’s a 40:

• Successful for 15 years representing several Central Iowa nonprofit organizations.

• Played a significant role in the success and advancement of Easter Seals Iowa as its chief development officer.

• Actively volunteers for many organizations, among them St. Pius X School, Dress for Success and Iowa State Fair.

• Effective fundraiser for organizations in which she was worked and volunteered.

• People who know her say she’s an effective leader and a vocal advocate for Greater Des Moines.

Sandi Tuttle, a fundraiser with Orchard Place

Fun fact: She’s an avid scrapbooker.