2021 Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Emerging Woman of Influence: Hannah Inman
When Hannah Inman is driving west on Interstate 235 past the 73rd Street exit, she wants to see kids playing at Walnut Creek in Colby Park. When she walks through a parking lot, she wants to see lots of kayaks, canoes or fishing rods on the roof racks.
“I want the water trails to be as ingrained in the identity of being a Central Iowan as the bike,” she said.
JuiceIn her five years as head of the Great Outdoors Foundation, her goal has been within reach.
Dubbed “the most transformative quality of life project of our generation” by Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the $125 million Iowa Confluence Water Trails project, formerly known as Central Iowa Water Trails, has achieved 75% of its private fundraising goal. . The project will transform 150 miles of waterways across 17 jurisdictions into a series of recreational opportunities.
“Without Hannah, none of this would have been possible,” Cory Sharp, 2021 Great Outdoors Foundation Board Chair and Director of FEH Design, wrote in his letter of recommendation. “She guided [the Great Outdoors Foundation] through these lofty goals with patience, assurance and confidence.
Inman’s first fundraising experience dates back to age 15, helping his parents organize a fundraising campaign for the construction of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in his hometown of Lawrence, Kan.
“It was such an amazing concept, to see the community come together with their time, their talents and their money to build this church,” she said.
After stops in Austin, Texas, Washington, D.C. and the private sales industry in Iowa, Inman realized that working in fundraising and community engagement was what she wanted to be. .
And if her workplace associated her love for the outdoors – some of her fondest memories are camping, blackberry picking, canoeing and fishing when she was younger – then that would be perfect.
“When you’re in nature, you’re always happy,” she says. “When you reconnect people with nature, it seems to have a transformational impact on their lives, moods and stability.”
Inman sincerely believes that through community partnerships, outdoor recreation can serve as a catalyst for both conservation and improved water quality.
“Unless we have collaboration and partnership and a way to come together, we won’t have the impact we want to see. We cannot point fingers. We are in the same boat.
Education University of Iowa, BA in Journalism and Political Science
Hometown Lawrence, Kan.
Family Husband Mike, son Maverick (14) and daughter Everly (10)
hobby Cooking, biking, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, watching basketball, conferences with friends and family for women and teenagers
WORDS TO LIVE
“Leave things better than you found them.”
My grandparents instilled that in me. I am motivated by my children and hopefully my future grandchildren as I hope they are proud of the work we have done. I want to leave this world in a way they’ll be proud of.
THREE ZONES OF INFLUENCE
Under Inman’s leadership and emphasis on public-private partnerships, fundraising for the Iowa Confluence Water Trails project is in the home stretch.
As three-time president of Capital Crossroads Natural Capital, Inman worked to center equity throughout the water trails project by gathering input from different community groups like refugees, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.
Inman is a member of the Brenton Arboretum Board of Directors and serves on the City of Waukee Planning and Zoning Commission.