DES MOINES –
With nearly 20 years experience as a leader in Iowa's cultural heritage
and museum development, Chris Kramer takes the helm today as director of
the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced
Kramer's appointment today.
"I am excited to
lead the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and thank Governor Reynolds
for this amazing opportunity," Kramer said.
"As we continue to
address our state’s need to attract and retain a globally-minded
workforce, quality of life amenities are critical to the equation,"
she said. "Our agency is committed to offering world-class arts and
cultural experiences in vibrant communities where creativity can spark
innovation and become the economic driver for development in our larger
cities and rural areas."
Kramer joined the
department as deputy director in 2011 and was named acting director in
2017. During that time, she led its mission-based efforts to be a
catalyst for the creative economy; support arts, social studies and Iowa
history education; strengthen the skills of arts, history and cultural
leaders; and revitalize Iowa communities by building upon the authentic
character that makes them attractive places to live, work and raise a
"All of these
efforts stem from our hub at the State Historical Building, where we
showcase Iowa and are working to emulate best practices in our museum and
archives, and through our interactions with those leading arts, media,
history and historic preservation." Kramer said. "By
maintaining our focus on mission-driven outcomes and building on our
momentum, it is easy to believe the best days are ahead for Iowa."
Prior to joining DCA,
Kramer served 12 years as vice president of the Science Center of Iowa
where she managed a $62 million capital campaign, the largest museum
capital campaign undertaken in Iowa. There she was part of growing
audiences engaged with STEM learning programs, interactive exhibits and
IMAX films, and blockbuster exhibits such as "Titanic,"
"Race: Are We So Different?," "Da Vinci" and
"Body Worlds" through strategic partnerships with all sectors.
She lives in Clive with her husband, Dan, and has three children, Alex,
Jack and Lucy.