Our work is possible because of the commitment of many partners. 


Central Iowa Works is a subsidiary of United Way of Central Iowa and one of 33 regional collaboratives under The National Fund for Workforce Solutions. We are currently working with the following individuals and organizations.  

Advisory Committee

  • Elisabeth Buck, President, United Way of Central Iowa
  • Joyce McDanel, Vice President Human Resources, Unity Point
  • Rob Denson, President, DMACC
  • Angie Dethlefs-Trettin, Chief Community Impact Officer, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
  • Matt Bruinekool, Educational Consultant, Master Builders of Iowa
  • Emily Brown, Retention Specialist, Unity Point 
  • Phil Hall, Employee Relations Leader, Wells Fargo
  • Amy Wallman Madden, Executive Director, HOPE
  • Beth Skinner, Director, Risk Reduction, Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Rosie Thierer, Senior Employment Program Manager, Iowa Dept. of Aging
  • Mike Williams, Education Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
  • Sanjita Pradhan, Program Director of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Renee Miller, Chief Community Impact Officer, United Way of Central Iowa


  • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
  • The National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • U.S. Department of Labor


Retail Pathways

  • Bankers Trust
  • Comcast Spectra
  • Community State Bank
  • Family Dollar
  • Goodwill of Central Iowa
  • Gusto Pizza Co
  • Hilton Downtown Des Moines
  • Hotel Development Group
  • Hy-Vee
  • Intoxalock
  • Iowa Restaurant Association
  • Kum and Go
  • Marriott Downtown Des Moines
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Prairie Meadows
  • Table 128
  • Walgreens
  • Yes Way

Financial Services

  • Bankers Trust
  • Community State Bank
  • Nationwide
  • Wells Fargo

Health Care

  • Broadlawns
  • Candeo
  • EveryStep (Formerly HCI/VNS)
  • HOPE
  • Iowa Clinic
  • Iowa Digestive Disease Center
  • Luther Park Community
  • Lutheran Services Iowa
  • Mercy
  • Signature Health Care
  • UnityPoint Health Des Moines
  • WesleyLife


  • Iowa Laborers Education and Training Fund
  • Master Builders of Iowa
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters
  • Sheet Metal Contractors of Iowa

Labor Groups

  • Central Iowa Sheet Metal Workers
  • Heat and Frost Insulators Local 74
  • Iowa Laborers Education and Training
  • Master Builders of Iowa
  • Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 33



  • Bureau of Refugee Services
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency
  • Des Moines Public Schools
  • Iowa Department for the Blind
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Iowa Workforce Development

Community Organizations 

  • AARP Foundation
  • Anawim Housing
  • Building Careers
  • Candeo
  • Catholic Charities
  • Central Iowa Shelter Services
  • Children and Families of Iowa
  • Easter Seals
  • Eyerly Ball
  • Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families
  • Freedom for Youth
  • Goodwill Career Connection Center
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa
  • Hawthorn Hill Home Connection Program
  • Hawthorn Hill New Directions Shelter
  • Home Inc
  • ISED
  • Link Associates
  • Manpower
  • Oakridge Neighborhood
  • Performance Partners
  • Project Iowa
  • Promise Jobs
  • Proteus Inc.
  • St. Vincent De Paul
  • WeLift
  • Youth Policy Institute of Iowa 

Higher Education

  • Des Moines Area Community College Career Services
  • DMACC Workforce Training Academy
  • Drake Adult Literacy Center
  • Iowa Employment Solutions at DMACC
  • Purdue University
  • Mercy College
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Dale Carnegie Training

To become a partner with Central Iowa Works, contact Pat Steele, Director, at pat@centraliowaworks.org