Marti Payseur

Marti Payseur was born an event planner. She orchestrated her first fundraiser at the ripe age of four when she asked neighbors to fund her passion project of the moment: the construction of a local Beanie Baby hospital. Marti brings that same gusto and spunk to her career today, which she dedicates to planning events and raising money for causes that she cares about, including her work with the Des Moines Art Center, The Greater Des Moines Partnership, and the Science Center of Iowa.

Marti is the owner of Thistle’s Summit: A Guesthouse & Homostead located in charming Mount Vernon, designed to make the bed and breakfast experience safe and accessible to the queer community. She is also the CEO of MP Public Relations & Events, a boutique firm that helps communities, corporations and non-profits showcase what makes them unique through events and storytelling.

She is a passionate lover of the arts, the outdoors, and coffee. On any given day you can find her rocking out to Sleater- Kinney, whipping up something fresh in her kitchen, or foraging for ingredients with her partner, Ash, and dog, Thistle.