Martha Willits

Board Position: Board Member

Represents: Polk County

Term Expires: Nov, 2015

Martha Willits joined the Prairie Meadows Board in November 2012. She is the immediate past President/CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Prior to her work with the Greater Des Moines Partnership beginning in 2004, Martha was president and chief professional officer of United Way of Central Iowa (1996-2004). She also served her community as an elected member of the Polk County Board of Supervisors from 1984 to 1996 and, before that, she taught in the Des Moines Public Schools system.

Martha currently serves on Grand View University’s Board of Trustees in addition to the boards of directors of Young Women’s Resource Center and Unity Point Health-Des Moines. She is also a member of the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration National Advisory Council and the Age-Friendly Cities Advisory Committee.

A native of Eagle Grove, Martha made her home in Des Moines where she raised two daughters, Anne and Emily. Through numerous accomplishments in her professional career, Martha is most proud of her role as grandmother to Allie, Nick, Charlie and Owen.