Dr. Brian Campbell

Brian Campbell served as Executive Director of the Iowa Environmental Council from 2020-2022. Prior to his role with IEC, Brian worked for more than six years as the as Director of Sustainability - Education and Partnerships at Central College in Pella 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.

His academic training, teaching, and research have focused on the history and culture of American environmentalism, especially the values and stories that motivate grassroots engagement. Brian is co-producer of Mid-Americana: Stories from a Changing Midwest, a podcast highlighting the region’s diverse people and places. 

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, and the RE-AMP Network. He has been an active member of the City of Des Moines Sustainability Task Force and is the outgoing Board President of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light.

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. 

Blog posts by this Author:

  • Connecting Iowa, Environmental Justice, and Black History

    How are we recognizing Black History Month at the Iowa Environmental Council? We want to share with you some of what we're doing, and we want to invite you to partner with us as we explore the history and shape the future of environmental justice in Iowa.

  • IEC's Strategic Plan: What's at our Core

    IEC executive director Dr. Brian Campbell takes a deeper dive into the elements of the Council's new strategic plan, highlighting how new work aligns with the core tenants of the organization.

  • A look back at 2022 and at the year ahead

    Dr. Brian Campbell reviews some top activities for the organization in 2022 and what IEC is looking forward to in 2023.

  • Celebrating Black Climate Week with Tamara Marcus

    During #BlackClimateWeek, IEC Executive Director Brian Campbell reached out to speak with Tamara Marcus, Linn County's Sustainability Director, to celebrate her leadership and hear her perspective on climate change in Iowa, both how it is impacting communities of color and how we can support Black climate leaders and organizations.

  • Energy Efficiency Can Aid Iowa's Electric Grid

    Cold temperatures ravaged the Southern United States this winter, highlighting flaws in the electrical grid and how energy is managed. To reduce inequities and increase resiliency in the system, energy efficiency offers an attractive solution.

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