Erin Strawn

Erin’s primary role at The Iowa Center is to develop the annual fundraising strategy and plan, create the annual appeal and report, engage board members in fundraising, write grants, and work with our major donors. 

More About Erin

What I love to do: I love to laugh, especially at myself.  Nothing makes me happier than time spent with family and friends sharing stories and reliving funny moments.

Why I work at The Iowa Center: I grew up in my family’s small business.  I understand the joy, pride, risk, fear, exhilaration, uncertainty, and reward of small business life.  I’m excited to support the Iowa Center’s work to empower entrepreneurs to turn their dreams of small business ownership into plans.

Ask me about: My kids, Dateline podcasts, my favorite spots on the South Jersey shore, the best patios in Des Moines, my favorite Ben Folds songs, how a bill becomes a law, my tennis game

I dream of a day when…: To quote Taylor Swift, everyone can learn to “Just be yourself, there is no one better”.

A few of my favorite small businesses: Porch Light, Lucky Lotus, Lua Brewing, Elevate Physical Therapy, AllSpice Cullinarium, School of Classical Ballet and Dance, Laurie Wahlig Photography, and NJM Studios Hair Design

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