Age 32 | Client operations manager, LightEdge Solutions Inc.

One word to describe Lindsay Alderman is passionate. She’s passionate about her community and making sure young professionals have a voice in how it moves forward.

The client operations manager at LightEdge Solutions Inc., a managed service provider, Alderman oversees a staff of about 15 people and she develops and maintains relationships with the company’s clients.

“It is a rare opportunity to work with a person with the qualities Lindsay displays on a regular basis,” wrote Jim Masterson, CEO of LightEdge. “The foundation of those qualities starts with great passion and a positive attitude.”

Alderman dedicates her time to a long list of nonprofit organizations and charity events, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, Girl Scouts of Iowa, Salisbury House and Gardens and Central Iowa Shelter & Services’ Chili for Charity.

She also organized and led the Do More Village at the 80/35 music festival, which featured more than 25 nonprofits. “I wanted to bring together the (Greater) Des Moines Music Coalition and the nonprofit community and event attendees,” she said.

But Alderman said the organization she’s most passionate about is the Young Professionals Connection, where she is currently serving as the president.

“Because Des Moines is a smaller city, young professionals have the opportunity to be leaders here at this critical time when the city is expanding,” she said.

Mark Heppner, executive director of the Salisbury House and Gardens, wrote of Alderman: “Over my tenure, I have been blessed to know many outstanding individuals. I remain impressed and inspired by Lindsay’s energy, passion and dedication. She is a natural leader who consistently and constantly strives to make a positive impact on the community in which she lives.”

Five reasons she’s a 40:

• 2013 president of the Young Professionals Connection.

• Helped organize and lead the Do More Village at the 80/35 music festival, which featured more than 25 nonprofits.

• Involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girl Scouts of Iowa.

• Organized Des Moines’ first-ever nonprofit forum, which brought together 56 nonprofit organizations and 400 people.

• Organized the Chili for Charity fundraiser, which raised more than $1,500 for Central Iowa Shelter & Services.

Mentors: Megan Ruble and Blair Patterson

Fun fact: Alderman got to ring in the 2008 New Year in a Wales castle built in the 1100s. “It was always something that was on my bucket list,” she said.