Sara Kurovski

 
City Council
Title: Mayor
Phone: 515-720-6654
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Sara Kurovski


Term Expiration: 2021
About Our Mayor: Sara Kurovski broke the glass ceiling in 2013 when she was elected the youngest and first female mayor in the history of Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Sara gained national attention when the story of her path to mayor was included in Sheryl Sandberg’s book: Lean in for Graduates. In 2015, her impact in Central Iowa was recognized as she joined the 40 under 40 list and was named the Emerging Women of Influence by the Business Record.

Currently, Sara is the Tocqueville Society Director at United Way of Central Iowa. In this career, she builds and strengthens relationships with business leaders in Central Iowa. Previously, she held positions at Metro Waste Authority as Operations Program Manager and Kum & Go as Manager of Sustainability.

Her passion for community betterment is seen through her involvement on the Eastern Polk Regional Development Board, Bravo Greater Des Moines Board, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Management Committee, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Board of Commissioners, Wastewater Reclamation Authority Management Committee, and Iowa Municipalities Worker’s Compensation Association Board. Sara is an advocate and supporter of 50-50 in 2020, an organization devoted to the importance of women involvement in politics.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Truman State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Drake University. She has a supportive husband, Todd, and they have two loving boys who keep them on their toes. Sara continues to prove with drive and dedication glass ceilings will continue to be broken. 


Activities & Service:

2017
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Board Member
  • DART Commissioner 
  • Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) Management Committee
  • Eastern Polk Innovation Collaborative Board Member- Vice President
  • Mayors Chair for Million Women Mentors Iowa 
  • Metropolitan Advisory Committee Alternate Member - Strategic Planning Committee Representative
  • Iowa Municipalities Worker's Compensation Association Board
  • Bravo Board Member
  • Governance Capital Member, Tri-Chair - Capital Crossroads

2016

  • American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) - Israel/Palestinian Territories Delegation Member
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Board
  • Eastern Polk Innovation Collaborative Board
  • Mayors Chair for Million Women Mentors Iowa
  • Metropolitan Advisory Committee Alternate Member
  • Iowa Municipalities Worker's Compensation Association Board

2015

  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Board
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Pleasant Hill Comprehensive Plan Update
  • Metro Waste Authority Board Alternate
  • Southeast Polk Education Foundation Board

2014

  • Blueprint for Winning Academy Participant (50/50 in 2020)
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Board
  • Polk County Conservation Board
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization Alternate
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the Pleasant Hill Comprehensive Plan Update

2013
  • Polk County Conservation Board
  • Pleasant Hill Plan & Zoning Commission Member

2012
  • Polk County Conservation Board
  • Pleasant Hill Plan & Zoning Commission Member
  • Rotary Club of Eastern Polk County Member

2011
  • Pleasant Hill Board of Adjustments
  • Pleasant Hill Plan & Zoning Commission Member
  • Rotary Club of Des Moines Member

2010
  • Eastern Polk County Leadership Class Participant
  • Facility Planning Committee for the City of Pleasant Hill
  • Pleasant Hill Board of Adjustments
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Masters Honors Fraternity Member
 

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