Vice President, Member Development and Programs
Kathy Anderson joined ABI in July of 2015 as Vice President Member Development and Programs for ABI.
Anderson served at the Iowa Economic Development Authority for the previous almost ten years, most recently as Program Manager for Home Base Iowa. Home Base Iowa is the state's effort to recruit transitioning Service Members and Veterans to work in Iowa. During her tenure the Home Base Iowa program gained almost 1000 businesses committed to hiring Veterans, brought 20 Iowa communities on board as Home Base Iowa Communities offering additional incentives for Veterans moving to their community, 15 education institutions became Home Base Iowa CHAMPS and over 1300 Veterans were hired in Iowa through the efforts. For her service with the Home Base Iowa program, she was awarded The Commander's Award for Public Service by the Department of the Army, presented by Major General Tim Orr, and was commissioned as an Honorary Colonel of the Iowa Militia by Governor Terry Branstad.
Prior to overseeing Home Base Iowa efforts, Anderson worked in Business Development marketing and communications on public relations, special events and key prospect outreach. She also worked as regional marketing project manager and served as IEDA liaison to key constituencies. Ms. Anderson's work on a major site selector recruitment event earned international recognition through the International Economic Development Council in 2013. Prior to her work at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Ms. Anderson worked for Reidy Communications, a boutique high tech sector pr firm based in San Francisco, working for tech clients including Intel. Anderson served as Vice President of Government Affairs and Transportation for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, based in Sioux City, Iowa, lobbying on behalf of area businesses at the federal level, and at the statewide level in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. Anderson began her professional career at the Fortune 500 computer company, Gateway, Inc. in public relations and marketing. While at Gateway, Ms Anderson was awarded the prestigious Howard Fullmer Memorial Award for her work on overall impact on product sales. Ms. Anderson grew up in Marion, South Dakota and earned her bachelor's degree with honors from the University of South Dakota.