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SCCF Welcomes New Executive Director

August 31, 2020

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The Story County Community Foundation (SCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, welcomes Liz Zuercher as the new Executive Director. Liz filled the vacancy created by Sunni Kamp’s departure this month. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, led by the organization’s advisory board chair and search committee.

"We are excited to welcome Liz Zuercher as the new Executive Director for the Story County Community Foundation. Liz has held a variety of leadership positions in Central Iowa and is passionate about community betterment," SCCF Advisory Board Chair Laurie Henry explained. "She is anxious to help the Foundation grow awareness about the many grants and endowments that this organization manages for the betterment of Story County."

Prior to joining the SCCF, Liz worked as a consultant, providing professional services and conducting workshops that focused on non-profit management, grantsmanship, operational management, human resources, leadership development and project management.

She became very familiar with the community while working at Iowa State University, as a Director in the Office of the Vice President for Research and in the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration. Both areas focus was grant development and administration.

Liz also has over ten years of experience in hospital operations and management as well as directing the Marshalltown hospital foundation and fundraising efforts. She has numerous years of experience in non-profit management, grant writing and community engagement.

Liz has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Iowa State University, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Manager, and has obtained numerous organizational leadership certifications.

“I am very honored to have been chosen for this important role in Story County. The Foundation is poised to grow and really develop its vision, building on the tremendous momentum of the past fifteen years. I look forward to working alongside the Foundation’s committed board members and community partners to continue building a community that thrives today and for generations to come,” Zuercher said.

Liz and her husband have two grown sons who live in Ames and Ankeny. They enjoy the outdoors, biking and walking their Great Danes. They are eager to move to Story County and be part of a welcoming and vibrant community.

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