Iowa Environmental Council announces departure of executive director

Marian Riggs Gelb, the Iowa Environmental Council’s executive director, has announced her decision to resign her position.  Gelb has served as executive director since 2007 and oversaw the Council as it successfully advocated for new statewide clean water protections, a constitutionally-protected source of conservation funding, and policies to support Iowa’s transition to clean energy.  She intends to continue her work on behalf of the environment.

“It has been a privilege to lead this incredible staff, whose dedication to the Council’s mission is unparalleled.  I have also appreciated working with the Council’s members and partners who value the health and welfare of the state’s natural resources. I am confident in this community’s ability to create positive change for Iowa moving forward,” said Gelb.

Margi Weiss, president of the Council’s board of directors, expressed gratitude for Gelb’s service to the Council. “Marian successfully implemented a wide range of strategies at the Council that strengthened the foundation of the organization and positioned it for future growth and success.  Under her direction, the Council’s reputation as a strong, pragmatic advocate for environmental stewardship has continued to grow,” she said.  “The board and staff wish Marian the best in her new pursuits.”

The Council’s board of directors is forming a search committee and will post the position at the Council’s website,

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