The Des Moines Social Club (DMSC) is pleased to announce that Cyndi Pederson has joined the organization as its chief operating officer. Pederson will lead and direct administrative functions, offer financial oversight, and provide operational management. She will work closely with executive director Zachary Mannheimer on business development, fund raising, programming review and design as the non-profit transitions to its new downtown Firehouse home.
A Des Moines native and passionate art and community advocate, Pederson has dedicated the last 15 years in public service and helping non-profits. Much of her work has focused on arts and culture and improving the quality of life in communities large and small.

As the former director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs she managed a staff of 91 employees and also was the lead legislative liaison for the department. The state department oversees the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historical Society, the State Historic Preservation Office, the State Historical Library and Archives, the State Historical Museum, Historical Sites and the Great Places program. Pederson also was instrumental in starting Iowa’s first non-profit conference dedicated to helping non-profits be more sustainable.

Pederson has also helped to guide various non-profits like COSC, Center for Sustainable Communities and the Salisbury House Foundation. She served as Chief of Staff to former First Lady Christie Vilsack and served on Governor Vilsack’s transition team.

Pederson gives back to her community by serving as past president of the Young Women’s Resource Center, vice president of a nine state regional arts non profit called Arts Midwest, board member of the After School Arts Program (ASAP), served on the Capital Campaign for the Des Moines Social Club and has served on numerous non profit fundraising committees.

Pederson has an Art Education degree from Iowa State University and a certificate from Drake University as a Certified Public Manager.

“I am thrilled to add Cyndi’s leadership to our team,” said Mannheimer. “Her skill set is a perfect fit for the DMSC, and our future has the brightest possible outlook.”

About the Des Moines Social Club
The Des Moines Social Club is a non-profit organization that delivers thought-provoking theater, creative classes for all ages, and supports and promotes local artists. Des Moines Social Club’s vision is to the build a premier arts institution that fosters the social change, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit that revitalizes our city. They provide a creative environment that is necessary for the recruitment and retention of professional talent for the employers in Central Iowa, as well as a home for local artists of all disciplines to share and create their work. The Des Moines Social Club formed in 2007 and is currently located at 400 Walnut Street. Learn more at

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