United Way of Central Iowa (UWCI) has hired Dave Stone as Advocacy Officer. In this role Dave will advance the collective legislative goals of the organization and its coalition partners in the areas of education, income and health.

Stone most recently served as Associate Director of Bravo Greater Des Moines, a regional collaboration of 17 partner local governments in Iowa that commit a portion of their hotel-motel tax revenue to support arts, culture and heritage organizations in the region. As a community funder, Stone worked with over 60 organizations in the region to increase sustainability, strategic planning, and innovative collaborations.

“Dave’s wealth of experience in building relationships and communicating the impact of mission-driven policies will be instrumental in achieving our advocacy goals,” said Mary Sellers, president of UWCI. “His deep understanding of issues will be a great asset in our efforts to ensure the education, health and financial stability of every central Iowan.”

Formerly Communications Manager for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Des Moines, Stone oversaw communications, strategy development and legislative advocacy for Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Prior to his work at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Stone worked as the Director of Grassroots Development and Field Director for Iowans for Sensible Priorities, the federal budget campaign led by Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.

Dave holds a Master of Public Administration from Drake University in Des Moines and a Bachelor of Political Science from Iowa State University in Ames.

About United Way

Since 1917, United Way of Central Iowa (UWCI) has brought together individuals, employers and organizations from every corner of central Iowa to create and implement initiatives focused on producing real results in the areas of education, income and health.

UWCI is a "Collective Impact" organization focused on bringing together nonprofits, businesses, elected officials and community leaders to collaborate and implement solutions to our community's most critical issues.

Sarah Welch

Written by Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch is the former Strategic Communications Officer at United Way of Central Iowa.