Jordan Bles

Jordan Bles worked with IEC as the Director of Fundraising and Development from 2019 - 2024. 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 was Director of Development for the National Benevolent Association, supporting its mission to “create communities of compassion and care”, as well as Assistant Director of the Eco-Justice Program of the National Council of Churches in Washington, D.C., where he worked 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. 

Blog posts by this Author:

  • Donor Profile: Jennifer Garst - the Spirit of Giving

    When I started at IEC in 2019, one of my first lunch meetings was with Jennifer Garst. She was someone who I knew a little bit about - her legacy through Whiterock Conservancy, her former board service to the Iowa Environmental Council, and her history of generous donations. What I didn't know was that Jennifer's spirit of giving extended well beyond her monetary support of IEC, and that this was just the first of many meetings that I would start to greatly look forward to.

  • Why I Give to IEC: Sustaining Members Speak

    Two IEC donors share their stories about why they give sustaining gifts to the Council each month.

  • Unique fundraising partnership between IEC and The Side Garage

    Fundraising and Development Director Jordan Bles shares why he's excited about this month's partnership with The Side Garage, an apparel printing company based in central Iowa.

  • Reflecting on Iowa Gives Green: Hope for the Future

    Wednesday, August 4, was the first Iowa Gives Green: A Day of Giving to Protect Iowa's Environment. IEC's Fundraising and Development Director Jordan Bles reflects on the day and its success.

  • New Ways to Support IEC this Earth Day

    IEC's Director of Fundraising and Development highlights some new ways to support the Council, including Target, RAYGUN, and more this Earth Day and beyond.

  • Gratitude on #GivingTuesday

    Jordan Bles, Director of Fundraising and Development, shares his thoughts and gratitude about the work of IEC on Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of giving.

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