Sara Kurovski

City Council
Title: Mayor
Phone: 515-720-6654
Mayor's Facebook Page

Term Expiration: 2025

About Our Mayor: 

Sara is passionate about those that she serves. In 2013 she became the first female mayor for the city of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. That journey was a result of her career starting out at a local government agency, Metro Waste Authority, and obtaining her master’s in public administration; while serving on local boards such as the Board of Adjustment, Plan and Zoning, and Polk County Conservation. Sara’s story landed her on the Lean In website and then in the second edition of Lean In: for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg.

While Sara’s service to Pleasant Hill grew (re-elected for her third term in 2021) her mayoral role also landed her on numerous boards such as Bravo, D.A.R.T., Metropolitan Planning Organization, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Metropolitan Advisory Council, Iowa Municipal Worker’s Compensation Association and Wastewater Reclamation Authority.  Sara’s career path evolved as well during this time. She worked as a sustainability manager for Kum & Go Corporate and then transitioned to the non-profit world in the role of the Tocqueville Society Director for United Way of Central Iowa.

Sara’s passion and leadership in both worlds resulted in the joining of the Business Record’s 40 Under 40 class of 2015 and the Business Record Emerging Woman of Influence in the same year. Then in 2016 Sara was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) to take part of a seven-member delegation to Israel and the Palestinian territories. Through strong participation and leadership on that delegation, Sara was selected to lead a delegation for ACYPL to SE Asia in March of 2018. Global impact, translating to the local connection is an area of interest for Sara, which resulted in her being nominated to the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy Spring Fellowship in spring of 2018 at the Center for Strategy and International Studies in Washington DC. Sara is a member of the 2022 -2023 Leadership Iowa Class and was honored by Truman State as a member of the inaugural class of ECHO 25 under 40 leaders in 2022.

In Spring of 2021, Sara set her sight on a career transition that would be a blend of heart and strategy; to become the next President and CEO for Make-A-Wish Iowa. She now leads the team to strengthen their statewide efforts and ensuring that every eligible child fighting a critical illness, in the state of Iowa, can receive their wish.

Outside of Sara’s public service and career, she has a lot of fun with family and friends. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Todd; they met at Catholic Youth Camp. The two of them are raising two boys who love to keep them very busy. Sara especially loves to continue global travel adventures, reading, enjoying music, a good movie night, and family time. Sara received her undergraduate degree from Truman State University and was a member of the ultimate frisbee team, Alpha Gamma Delta, and marching band in her college years.


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