DES MOINES, Iowa – Erin Davison-Rippey will serve as the Iowa Democratic Party’s Executive Director, working closely with Chairman Ross Wilburn, party leaders, and volunteers across the state to build the party’s infrastructure for long-term progressive wins across Iowa.
“Growing our party and laying a foundation for progressive victories across the state requires a proven, strategic, and engaged leader – that’s why we’re excited to welcome Erin Davison-Rippey as our next Executive Director,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Rep. Ross Wilburn. “I’m confident Erin will work with party leaders, electeds, our staff, and all of our partner organizations to prepare for what’s ahead by continuing to hold Republicans accountable and build an infrastructure for electoral success in 2022 and beyond.”
“This is an important moment for Iowa Democrats. After the challenges over the past year, our state is desperate for leadership that will finally give families, workers, and small businesses the tools they need to succeed. That’s exactly what Democrats in the legislature and the Biden-Harris administration are delivering. I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with Chairman Wilburn, party leaders, and partners across the state to grow this organization and help our candidates succeed,” said Erin Davison-Rippey.
Davison-Rippey has witnessed firsthand the importance of strong, progressive leadership in the state. As the former State Executive Director and Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa and Planned Parenthood North Central States, she has worked to build impactful and compelling campaigns around some of the most important issues facing our state. In addition to her work with Planned Parenthood, Davison-Rippey has previously worked with the State Public Policy Group and Youth Policy Institute of Iowa to lead critical initiatives aimed at improving public policy and creating opportunity for everyone.
Davison-Rippey will begin in her capacity as Executive Director on April 5th. Interim Executive Director Blair Lawton will continue to serve as the organization’s Party Affairs Director.
“Blair Lawton has been a tremendous asset during my first couple months as chair. His wealth of knowledge and strong relationships across our state has helped make this transition process smooth and successful,” added Chairman Wilburn.