One Iowa Selects New Executive Director, Expands Leadership Team with New Position

After a national search, One Iowa announced today it has named Dan C. Royer as its new executive director. Royer will begin leading the organization on September 1, 2019.

“The board is delighted that Dan is taking the helm at One Iowa,” said Jenny Smith, chair of the One Iowa Board of Directors. “His extensive nonprofit and business leadership, managerial experience and deep knowledge of our state’s healthcare landscape are the right combination to take One Iowa to the next level in our mission to advance, empower and improve the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide.”

An Iowa native, Royer has more than 14 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations, most recently as executive director of the Iowa Alliance in Home Care. Prior to that, he held several leadership roles at the Iowa Hospital Association.  During that time, he travelled Iowa extensively, building relationships across the state.

Royer has also been a strong advocate for LGBTQ equality, including serving on the Capital City Pride Board and the One Iowa Action Board.

“One Iowa is an incredibly important organization to me personally and has made incredible progress for Iowa’s LGBTQ community,” said Royer.  “There is more work to be done, and I’m looking forward to leading the organization and it’s dedicated team to further promote diversity, inclusion and empowerment across the state of Iowa.” 

Royer and his partner Brian Douglas have been married for more than 10 years. Both alums of Iowa State University, they enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, and supporting local issues and causes.

One Iowa also announced it is expanding its leadership team with a new assistant executive director role. Courtney Reyes, currently serving as interim executive director, will be promoted to this position.

“Courtney has the experience, passion and leadership skills to complement Dan’s strengths,” said Smith.  “This leadership structure will help us expand our services and reach more LGBTQ Iowans. While we’ve made tremendous progress, the fight for full equality is far from over.”

Smith says Reyes, the board and One Iowa’s talented staff will work with Royer to ensure a smooth transition.

Royer replaces Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, who resigned August 7, 2019 to pursue another career opportunity.