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Partnership Announces Promotions of Team Members

July 11, 2022

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (July 11, 2022) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced a number of promotions within the organization.

Pam Bull has been promoted to Senior Director of Human Resources and Information Technology. In this role, Bull will provide support throughout the organization in many aspects including human resources, technology and general assistance. This new position represents an elevated role of Bull’s previous position as Director of Human Resources and Information Technology. Bull has worked at The Partnership for 17 years.

Dr. Marvin DeJear has been promoted to Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. In this role, DeJear will lead and facilitate The Partnership’s Inclusion Council; Inclusion Summit; CEO Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Roundtables; DEI trainings, opportunities and offerings to Investors and Members, and all other DEI initiatives. He will also work closely with the Capital Crossroads regional vision plan and the DSM USA 4 Equity Collective. This new position elevates a previous DEI-focused position within the organization and reflects the continued importance of cultivating a welcoming region through DEI efforts in the community. DeJear has worked as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Talent Development since 2021. The Partnership will hire for a new Senior Vice President of Talent Development and post this opening in coming days.

Kyle Oppenhuizen has been promoted to Vice President of Communications. In this position, he will be responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations and media relations activities. Oppenhuizen will also manage communications activities that promote, enhance and protect the organization’s brand reputation. This new position represents an elevated role of Oppenhuizen’s previous position as Director of Communications. Oppenhuizen has worked on The Partnership’s communications and marketing team since 2014.

Angie Stepsis has been promoted to The Partnership’s Chief of Staff. In this role, Stepsis will lead Investor relations and Investor engagement efforts; will help oversee several of the organization’s signature events and sponsorships; will manage The Partnership’s internal operating system; and will continue to work closely with the President & CEO and COO, The Partnership’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee, as well as the Greater Des Moines Committee. This is a new position in the organization. Stepsis has worked as the organization’s Executive Assistant to the President & CEO since 2019.

“Our organization is consistently evaluating how we can evolve and align the skills of our team members with roles that serve our Investors, Members and the Greater Des Moines community,” said Jay Byers, President & CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “Pam, Marvin, Kyle and Angie are talented professionals who live the core values of The Partnership on a daily basis and continually work toward advancing our region every day.”

“The career advancement of Pam, Marvin, Kyle and Angie are essential to supporting the needs of The Partnership and our region,” said Tiffany Tauscheck, Chief Operations Officer at The Partnership. “Through these promotions, we are taking the next step in advancing the vision and strategic priorities we have outlined for DSM USA. I am excited about the future of our team and our region.”

About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.