The Dubuque Initiatives Board is made up of community members and City representatives. The Board meets bi-monthly to collaboratively work toward achieving the organization’s mission, align with City of Dubuque key initiatives, and support the projects of other impactful community organizations.
President and CEO of Dubuque Bank and Trust and Executive Vice President of Lending at Heartland Financial
Community Involvement: University of Dubuque Board Member and Dubuque Racing Association Board Member
President & CEO of Net-Smart
Community Involvement: Former Dubuque City Council Member, Dubuque Racing Association, Finley Hospital, Dubuque Initiatives, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation
Senior Vice President Commercial Banking at American Trust & Savings Bank
Community Involvement: Dubuque Main Street, Ltd. Board Member, Hills & Dales Child Development Center Board Member, Mistletones Vocalist, Hunter Fuerste American Vintage Orchestra Vocalist, Julien Winds Flutist
Mayor of Dubuque
Community Involvement: He serves on the United Way Budget Committee, is a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #355, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Dubuque County Historical Society, the Dubuque Museum of Art
President & CEO of Greater Dubuque Development Corporation
Community Involvement: Dubuque Racing Association, Iowa Legal Aid, CIRAS Advisory Council
Kate Larson, of 2535 Traut Terrace, was elected to the Dubuque City Council in November 2017 to represent the city's Third Ward.
A native of Madrid, Iowa, Kate and her husband, Ryan, have lived in Dubuque since 2009. She works as an advertising account manager at Boyd Gaming in Dubuque and previously worked as a marketing consultant, marketing coordinator, and advertising sales coordinator. She also served two marketing internships, one with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources through AmeriCorps and another with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.
She has served for four and a half years on the City of Dubuque Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. Larson's additional community involvements includes founding the FIDO "Market Manners" responsible pet ownership program, serving on Boyd Gaming's Diversity Committee, and volunteering with the Dubuque Regional Humane Society, the Dubuque NAACP, and the Dubuque Museum of Art.
Co-Owner of 563 Design
Community Involvement: Dubuque Community Y Board Member, Creative Adventure Lab Board Member, Dubuque Mercy Health Foundation Board Member, Rotary Club of Dubuque Board Member
Dubuque City Manager
Community Involvement: Dubuque Racing Association Board Member, Dubuque Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Member
Brett Shaw, of 995 Richards Rd., was elected to the Dubuque City Council in November 2017 to represent the city's First Ward.
A native of Clinton, Iowa, he has lived in Dubuque County for eight years and the city for four years. Brett and his wife, Jen, are parents to three children. He has been employed for six years at John Deere Dubuque Works where he works as an information technology portfolio and program manager. His previous experience includes work as a commodity specialist for Rockwell Collins and buyer/planner for Boston Scientific.
Brett has served on the City of Dubuque Housing Commission and the City of Dubuque Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee. Additional community involvement includes participating in the Dubuque Days of Caring, serving as a mentor at Sageville Elementary School, and coaching Special Olympics in Cedar Rapids and Clinton.