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Our Staff

From our talented and hardworking staff, to our dedicated board and passionate volunteers, the Iowa Environmental Council’s greatest asset is its people.

Board of Directors

IEC is grateful for the vision and passion our board members bring to IEC's work. 

IEC Staff 

Angelisa Belden

Angelisa Belden, Communications Director 

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 210

Email: belden@iaenvironment.org

Angelisa returned to Iowa to join the Council in 2018 from her most recent position in membership and marketing for WTTW, Chicago’s PBS station. Angelisa grew up along the Turkey River in Fayette County, Iowa, and earned her B.A. in Communications and Journalism from the University of Iowa.

She began her career as a broadcast producer with positions at KGAN and KCRG in Cedar Rapids. She then transitioned to work with non-profit professional membership organizations in Minnesota and Illinois, gaining a wide range of experience in communications, volunteer management, development, education, and membership.

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Jordan Bles

Jordan Bles, Director of Fundraising and Development 

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 203

Email: bles@iaenvironment.org

Jordan Bles joins IEC from his most recent position as the Director of Development for the National Benevolent Association, supporting its mission to “create communities of compassion and care”.

Previously, Jordan has served as the Assistant Director of the Eco-Justice Program of the National Council of Churches in Washington, D.C., working on policy related to public land protection, clean water, and environmental justice. He also gained fundraising experience as campaign manager and finance director for a congressional race in Kentucky.  

Jordan is a Des Moines resident and, when not working, can be found doing some kind of movement - lifting weights, running, cycling, yoga, and being outside as much as possible. 

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Dr. Brian Campbell

Dr. Brian Campbell, Executive Director

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 201

Email: campbell@iaenvironment.org

Serving most recently as Director of Sustainability - Education and Partnerships at Central College in Pella, Brian worked for more than six years to integrate sustainability throughout the institution, including courses across all departments; student research and internships; the college’s energy and waste management; local food partnerships with area farmers; community environmental education programs; and public advocacy for environmental and climate justice. 

Brian holds a BA from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina; a Masters from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California; and a PhD from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brian has served on a number of local, regional, and national boards, including the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, and the RE-AMP Network. He has been an active member of the City of Des Moines Sustainability Task Force.

Brian grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast and in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Since 2014, he and his wife Gina and two sons, Ian and Elliot, have called Des Moines home. Brian enjoys baking bread, playing soccer, and exploring the lakes, rivers, and trails of Iowa and the Midwest.

Steve Guyer

Steve Guyer, Energy Policy Manager

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 213

Email: guyer@iaenvironment.org

Steve Guyer joins IEC as the Energy Policy Manager, bringing years of experience and leadership in the energy field. Since 2008 Steve has owned and lead GWA International, a solar installation company based in Altoona that has designed and installed solar systems on the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa DNR facilities, and homes and businesses. Prior to operating his own company, Steve held several key environmental positions with Iowa utilities, analyzing environmental laws and impacts, providing counsel on environmental compliance, conducted due diligence, and other critical environmental duties.

Steve is an Iowa native and holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa, a B.A. in Physics from the University of Northern Iowa, and an A.A. in Electronics Engineering from Hawkeye Institute of Technology in Waterloo. He now resides in Altoona and in his spare time enjoys biking and traveling. 

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Kitty Jacobson

Kitty Jacobson, Finance and Operations Administrator

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 200

Email: jacobson@iaenvironment.org

Kitty joined the Council in October 2016, and oversees the organization’s financial accounting and reporting, including budgets, grants and payroll. Her position also includes the management of human resource functions and processes, benefits administration, monthly analysis reports and board communication. Kitty assists the Director of Communication and Development with event planning.

Prior to joining the Council, Kitty was vice president of sales and administration at a book publishing company for 14 years.

Kerri Johannsen

Kerri Johannsen, Energy Program Director

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 208

Email: johannsen@iaenvironment.org

Kerri Johannsen is the Energy Program Director with the Iowa Environmental Council. She has over a decade of experience in energy policy, most recently serving as the Council’s Manager of Government Affairs, leading state-level legislative strategy. She previously developed energy policy with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, administered the Iowa Power Fund for innovative clean energy projects, and worked as an analyst and Legislative Liaison with the Iowa Utilities Board before joining the Council in 2016. Johannsen has a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.    

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Jordan Oster

Jordan Oster, Energy Outreach and Advocacy Manager 

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 209

Email: oster@iaenvironment.org

Jordan Oster is the Energy Outreach and Advocacy Manager with the Iowa Environmental Council. He joined the council in 2019 after previously consulting for the organization. Jordan is an experienced issue advocate from Des Moines. He has worked with numerous state and national issue organizing efforts, political campaigns, nonprofit groups, and businesses and brands. As an outreach specialist, Jordan builds relationships on behalf of the council and connects clean energy businesses and customers with opportunities to advocate. Jordan holds B.A. and Master of Public Administration degrees from Drake University.

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Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt, Staff Attorney

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 212

Email: schmidt@iaenvironment.org

Michael Schmidt returned to Iowa and joined the Council in 2019. He most recently worked as a staff attorney for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where he focused on clean water and mining issues through enforcement, permitting, and rulemaking actions. He previously worked in the water program for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, a state-based nonprofit, where he engaged in legal and policy advocacy, including passage of the state’s Clean Water Accountability Act. He has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa.

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Alicia Vasto

Alicia Vasto, Water Program Director

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 206

Email: vasto@iaenvironment.org

Alicia joined the Council in 2019. She grew up in Adel, Iowa. She previously worked as the director of the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition, where she supported environmental educators and advanced environmental literacy. Alicia holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University with a focus on land conservation and management, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, travel, and yoga.

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Kristen Weaverling

Kristen Weaverling, Energy Communications Manager

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 217

Email: weaverling@iaenvironment.org

Kristen Weaverling joined the Iowa Environmental Council in 2020 and now serves as the Energy Communications Manager for the council. Prior to joining IEC, she spent several years implementing energy efficiency programs for small business customers on behalf of utility companies here in Iowa. She also has a background in the nonprofit sector, having served as a volunteer manager for a large nonprofit as well as completing a service term with AmeriCorps in eastern Iowa. Kristen holds a B.S. in Geography from The University of Iowa, along with certificates in both Sustainability and Human Rights. In her free time, you can find her rehabilitating her 1890s Victorian home or planning her next international trip.

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