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 & 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
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
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
CEO Hodge Company
Greater Dubuque Development Executive Board Member
Dubuque Bank and Trust, Board Member
Run4Troops, Board Member
Brad Cavanagh, of 565 Fenelon Place., was elected to the Dubuque City Council in November 2019 to represent the city’s Fourth Ward.
Brad is a Dubuque native and was a member of the Dubuque Housing Commission. He also served as vice chairman of the Dubuque County Food Policy Council, was a board member for the Fountain of Youth, and is a co-founder of Resources Unite.
Brad has worked as an associate professor of social work at Loras College since 2010. His previous professional experience includes working as a mental health counselor for Crossroads Counseling Center and psychotherapist and operations manager for Pathways for Aging. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University.
Brad and his wife, Jennifer Cavanagh, have two sons.
Founder and CEO of M & M Sales Enterprises.
Raised on Iowa Farm, trained as an Engineer and work as a serial entrepreneur;
Startup Dubuque Board Member
Member of St. Anthony parish
External Advisory to University of Illinois
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.
Dubuque City Manager
Community Involvement: Dubuque Racing Association Board Member, Dubuque Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Member