Community Foundation of Johnson County names new executive director

Dave Lewis to begin duties May 2

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IOWA CITY — The Community Foundation of Johnson County announced Thursday it has hired a new executive director to lead the organization, which oversees $26 million in endowed funds.

Dave Lewis, who most recently worked as a senior associate at Advancement Resources, has been hired to replace retiring Executive Director Mike Stoffregen. Lewis is to begin his duties on May 2.

At his previous job, Lewis trained fundraisers, boards of directors and academic leaders specific to philanthropy, according to a news release from the foundation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dave to the community foundation,” Board President Sarah Maiers said in the release. “He will be instrumental in advancing and developing our strategies to ensure an effective and efficient foundation operation for our Johnson County community.”

Since its founding in 2000, the foundation has given more than $11 million in grants and now serves 200 nonprofit organizations, according to the release.

“At this point it’s really about how to best advance the community,” Lewis said.

Lewis, 57, is to be responsible for leading policy and strategy, fundraising initiatives and management of all committees, among other responsibilities. He said with this new position, he has the opportunity to “make dreams come true” and shape the future for philanthropists.

“I am very excited to join the Community Foundation of Johnson County working to help people achieve their dreams to make an impact,” Lewis said in the release. “Something magical happens when we find what is most meaningful to a donor and match the perfect project or activity to affect an important change in the world.”

Lewis earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science education from the University of Iowa. He previously taught junior high science in the Iowa City Community School District and retired as a Lt. Col. from the Iowa National Guard.

Lewis said he’s lived in the corridor for about 33 years and currently resides in North Liberty.

l Comments: (319) 339-3172; maddy.arnold@thegazette.com

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