The Iowa Policy Project (IPP), an Iowa Environmental Council member organization based in Iowa City, has announced David Osterberg stepped down from his role as founding director on July 1. David will remain with IPP in a different role working on environmental and energy issues, primarily. Mike Owen will assume the director’s position.
“I am excited for this new role at IPP,” Mike said in a statement. “Iowa has seen the benefits of our founders’ foresight in creating this organization. Political sound bites dominate so much of public discussion about issues, and we need more than that.”
This is a similar transition to that announced by another Council member organization, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, in May. At that time, Joe McGovern, who had served as Land Stewardship Director, became the foundation’s third President. Joe took the reins from Mark Ackelson, who will remain with the foundation in a new President Emeritus role.
In addition to having led Council member organizations, both Mark and David have previously served on our board of directors.
In the spring issue of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation’s magazine, Mark reflected on some of his favorite projects, noting that “I was asked recently what projects during my time as president I am most proud of. My first thought: the ones we’re currently working on!”
At the Council, we thought that was a fantastic sentiment to apply to many of our member organizations, all of whom are hard at work each day to create a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa. We congratulate Mark and David for their service to Iowa’s environmental community and look forward to continued partnership with them and their respective teams.