AMES – Albert Grunenwald has been named executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation by the organization’s governing board effective Sept. 23.
Grunenwald has more than 19 years of experience working with youth and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
“Albert has the passion and vision to lead this organization,” said Mitch Baum, Iowa 4-H Foundation president. “Albert has many years of fundraising experience and he is a valuable asset to the Iowa 4-H Foundation.”
Grunenwald said he feels honored to serve the Iowa 4-H Foundation as its executive director.
“I look forward to continuing the success of this organization by making the best better for Iowa’s 4-H youth,” he said.
Grunenwald brings knowledge of 4-H by having been a 4-H’er and is a current 4-H parent,” Baum said. “He has a proven track record of success and leadership in his career.”
Grunenwald is a Minnesota native where he was active in 4-H’s leadership, communication and performing arts project areas.
He worked for Redwood County Extension in Minnesota before making the move to Iowa to serve as the Development Assistant of the Iowa 4-H Foundation.
He has served as the Foundation’s chief operating officer and interim executive director.
Grunenwald graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. with a degree in communication and English writing.
He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in central Iowa and has been certified as a fundraising executive. The association fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide funding for Iowa 4-H youth programming and we believe Albert will continue to build the foundation’s resources,” Baum said. “I look forward to working with him and the rest of the foundation staff as we continue to provide funding opportunities for Iowa’s 4-H Youth.”
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