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Chamber hires Jennifer Banta as new Vice President

September 25, 2018 at 4:25 PM

IOWA CITY – The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Jennifer Banta as its new Vice President, Advocacy and External Affairs.

A resident of the Iowa City area for the past 20 years, Banta has previously worked at Kirkwood Community College and the University of Iowa, where she served in external relations roles.

As the Vice President, Advocacy and External Affairs, Banta will represent the members of the Chamber within the community and in legislative affairs at all levels of government. She will serve as Chamber President Kim Casko's right-hand in overall leadership of the organization; direct the Chamber's advocacy and public policy strategies; and build relationships with constituents.

"A key part of advocacy is building relationships with stakeholders, and Jennifer has a proven track record of doing that," said Casko. "She is smart, positive, collaborative, and a great person to be around. We are excited to have her join the Chamber team."

Banta was chosen after a two-month candidate search. Chamber Board Chair Tim Krumm noted that it was a desire by members to see the Chamber increase its advocacy work that led directly to shaping the role.

"Through our 2017 member survey and 2018 member meetings conducted as part of our alignment project with the Iowa City Area Development Group, we learned that our members would like to see the Chamber have a stronger voice both locally and in Des Moines," Krumm said. "We also knew that finding someone with strong knowledge of this community would be a big plus. Jennifer fulfills both of those expectations perfectly."

Banta will join the team on Monday, October 1.     

 "I have worked with a wide variety of government agencies, Chambers of Commerce, educators, business owners and corporate leaders, bringing them together for a united cause," Banta said. "I am looking forward to putting that experience to work on behalf of the Chamber and our community."