President & CEO
Kelli Soyer serves as President/CEO for United Ways of Iowa. She has spent her career in the non-profit industry working in association management, advocacy and policy, and program management.
As a social worker, Kelli has spent her career in the non-profit industry. She has been active in grassroots and community organizing. Her advocacy efforts earned her recognition earning the 2016 Children’s Champion Award by the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children and the 2010 Friend of Children Award by the Iowa School Social Workers’ Association.
Kelli earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Iowa. She volunteers in the community, serving as a Commissioner to the City of Des Moines Sister Cities Commission and on a committee with the National Association of Social Workers. She served one term on the Des Moines Public School Board, from 2019-2023.
Kelli lives in Beaverdale with her husband, Paul, daughter, Sayde, and fur kid, Luna.