Date: April 24, 2018
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Harkin Institute, 2429 University Ave.
President of United Way of Central Iowa Elisabeth Buck will join The Harkin Institute on April 24 as part of our spring Student Lunch and Reception Series. Buck leads strategies to impact communities in the priority areas of Education, Income, and Health to improve lives and build a stronger central Iowa.
Prior to joining United Way, she served as deputy chief of staff for Governor Tom Vilsack and Governor Chet Culver. She later served as Culver’s Director of Iowa Workforce Development (IWD). During her time in this position, Buck transformed IWD into a client-centered environment and integrated the Workforce Centers with partners to provide seamless employment services and up-skilling activities for Iowans. She also led two of the Governor’s Executive Order Task Forces that addressed misclassification of workers and ex-offender reentry. Buck earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Iowa State University, where she served as student body president. She went on to be named Leader of the Year in Iowa State Government and Volunteer of the Year. Buck received the AFSCME Leadership Award and was honored as a Business Record Woman of Influence.
The Harkin Institute’s student lunches offer intimate, hour-long opportunities for Drake University students to visit with an accomplished government, nonprofit, journalism, political or public policy leader. During this event, Buck will informally discuss her career, share information, answer questions, provide advice and get to know the students.