The Board of Directors of the Iowa Council of Foundations had announced the appointment of Laura A. Sauser, of Des Moines, Iowa, as the ICoF’s new President.
The selection of Ms. Sauser to lead the Council follows a thorough search, and it reflects the ICoF Board’s desire to choose an accomplished leader with a passion and enthusiasm for philanthropy to continue the organization’s growth. She succeeds Angela Dethlefs-Trettin who served in the role of President since 2006. Dethlefs-Trettin is moving on to a Director position with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.
Ms. Sauser comes to the ICoF from Drake University where she served as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations since 2008. Prior to her position at Drake University, she managed corporate giving programs at the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care and The Principal Financial Group.
Ms. Sauser received her BA in Journalism from Drake University, and holds a Certificate in Advanced Proposal Analysis from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has been a long time member of the Junior League of Des Moines serving in a variety of leadership roles, including President.
“I am proud to once again work with an organization I am both passionate about and strongly believe in,” said Sauser. “The work made possible by our members working both individually and together is essential to advancing the greater good. The Iowa Council of Foundations has a strong legacy and a well-defined vision for its future. It will be an honor to work with the Council’s membership in achieving that vision, creating an even stronger philanthropic sector in our state.”