For immediate release October 11, 2012
Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858
DES MOINES –The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs today announced Sarabeth Anderson has been named Administrator of the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the department.
“We are very pleased to have Sarabeth joining us in this leadership position,” DCA Director Mary Cownie said. “Her extensive background and experience will be strong assets as we continue working to preserve our state’s history and educate Iowans about the past.”
In her new role, Anderson will oversee SHSI’s State Historic Preservation Office, State Historical Library and Archives, the State Records Center and Historic Sites across the state.
Anderson is a 1994 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and a 1998 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law. More recently, she completed a Masters of Art in Political Science at Iowa State University.
Following a brief stint at Wichita Legal Services, Anderson became Managing Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts for the United Way of the Plains. Later, she founded Dress for Success Wichita, where she was Executive Director.
Upon returning to Iowa, she became CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Iowa, followed by a role as Managing Attorney for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (ICADV) MUNA Legal Clinic. She later became Director of Development and Communication for ICADV.
Anderson resides in Des Moines with her husband, Will, and two sons.