COSC Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Des Moines, IA (March 12, 2012) - Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) welcomes Kent Newman as their new executive director. COSC, co-founded by Lynnae Hentzen, Beth Hicks and Chaden Halfhill in 2005, serves as Iowa's trusted educational resource for sustainable programming.
Beginning his duties today, Newman's extensive experience includes non-profit management, community outreach, and engagement in building strategic alliances and collaborative partnerships. Having served as the initial executive director for the Wallace House Foundation, Newman has a solid background in program development, fundraising, grant writing, public relations, marketing and stakeholder facilitation. Having also received training in the Natural Step Framework, he comprehends the complexities of building and supporting sustainable communities.
"I am thrilled and honored to join the talented team at COSC," Newman states. "With an exciting year planned, I look forward to leading the organization, building upon its strong foundation and reputation for excellence in providing sustainability programming and resources."
Raised in Ottumwa, Iowa, Newman is a graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy and Iowa State University. He previously founded a film and video production company, and is a founding board member of Iowa Rivers Revival and the Des Moines Bicycle Collective.
COSC's Co-Founder Lynnae Hentzen expressed enthusiasm over the search committee's selection, stating, "We are all very pleased to have Kent serve as COSC's next executive director. He has the right combination of skills, experience, community connections, passion and dedication to sustainability to lead COSC forward."
CENTER ON SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES (COSC) is a non-profit membership organization founded in 2005 that serves as a catalyst for ecologically sustainable change by engaging and connecting individuals, businesses and communities. As a result, people make everyday decisions that ensure the well being of future generations. More information on COSC's programs, resources and opportunities can be found at icosc.com.