Board Position: Executive Committee
Represents: Prairie Meadows
Term Expires: Nov, 2014
A lifelong resident of central Iowa, Linda Grandquist graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines and attended Drake University. After owning and operating her own medical assistant employment service, she enjoyed a successful 20-year career in real estate. Thereafter, she became the co-owner of the AAA Iowa Cubs baseball franchise (1987-1999) and of Universal Farms, a Thoroughbred horse breeding operation (1989-1999) with her husband, Ken Grandquist. In the early 1980′s, Ken was awarded the initial permit to develop what eventually became Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. Linda has been a devoted supporter and active advocate for Prairie Meadows since its inception.
Linda has served on numerous boards of directors in central Iowa dedicated to community betterment. Prior to her appointment to the Prairie Meadows Board of Directors in November 2011, she served on the Prairie Meadows Grant Advisory Committee (2009-2011). She has also served on the board and development committee for Living History Farms, and she has been a member of the Drake University Arts Board, the Des Moines Art Center Board of Volunteers and the Terrace Hill Board of Directors. Linda has been a volunteer for the Lincoln High School Vision Campaign, the Hoops for Hope charity event to fight cancer and the Best Buddies of Iowa program, an outreach program for developmentally disabled children. Linda is the founder of the Ken Grandquist Foundation, which supports youth baseball, and she supports the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.
In addition to currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Prairie Meadows Board and as Chairman of the Prairie Meadows Grant Advisory Committee, Linda serves on the Coaches vs. Cancer Board of Ambassadors and on the boards of Unity Point, Iowa Health Foundation, and Dowling Catholic High School. She is a member of the Blank Park Zoo Executive Board Committee, a volunteer with Drake University and the Des Moines Botanical Center, a Governor’s appointee to the Iowa Arts Council, an ambassador on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, Iowa Chapter, and a member of the Central Iowa Chapter of P.E.O. In 2013, Linda was named a Woman of Influence by the Des Moines Business Record for her longstanding commitment to community volunteerism. Linda has two grown daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren with whom she enjoys traveling, equestrian sports, baseball, basketball activities, and Iowa State Fair outings.