Iowa Environmental Council Announces New Executive Director

posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Council News

Emily Holley
Director of Communications and Outreach
Iowa Environmental Council
515-244-1194, ext. 210

Iowa Environmental Council Announces New Executive Director

Des Moines - The Iowa Environmental Council has announced the selection of Jennifer Terry, J.D. as its new executive director. Terry will fill the vacancy in mid-September left by Ralph Rosenberg, who announced his retirement in May.Jen

“We are very pleased to have Jennifer’s powerful voice return to the Council in support of the health and well-being of Iowans and our environment,” said Lorraine May, Iowa Environmental Council Board President. “Jennifer’s breadth of experience, knowledge, passion and dynamic personality will strengthen the Council’s coalitions vital to success.  She is a forceful advocate for building a better Iowa for our families.”

Terry will be returning to the Iowa Environmental Council, having previously led the Council’s agricultural water policy efforts. While at the Council, she pushed for strengthening Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, advocated for increased transparency and accountability for public spending on water quality projects, and lobbied for funding for mandatory water quality monitoring in state-funded projects.

Terry is a native Iowan, raised on a dairy farm in north central Iowa where she developed a passion for protecting Iowa’s land and water. After a career in the health care industry, Terry returned to college, graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2013 and was admitted to the Iowa State Bar. Terry previously worked as an environmental advocacy leader at Des Moines Water Works, where she focused on building coalitions in the Raccoon River Watershed and advocating for policy that reduces agricultural pollution.

“I look forward to reinvigorating the Council’s fight for clean water and renewable energy, giving a voice to Iowans who support strengthening environmental law and policy and promoting science-driven solutions to ensure a better future for Iowa,” said Terry.


The Iowa Environmental Council is an alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect Iowa's natural environment. Since 1995, the Council has worked toward creating a safe, healthy environment and sustainable future for Iowa, focusing on clean water, land stewardship and clean energy.