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Big News: The ICM Announces New Executive Director!

Big News: The ICM Announces New Executive Director! Iowa Children’s Museum is proud to announce Jeff Capps as our new Executive Director. Capps succeeds Deb Dunkhase, who is retiring in January 2019 after leading, inspiring, and growing The ICM for 21 years.

Capps is an accomplished leader in the nonprofit sector and holds a degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He’s joining The ICM after a ten-year tenure as Executive Director of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity. Arriving shortly after the devastating floods of 2008, Capps helped build Habitat into a strong organization and anchor of the Cedar Rapids community. He begins with The ICM in January.

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“We had an extraordinary number of applicants for the Executive Director position, and the quality of applicants was overwhelming. What set Jeff apart was his experience in running an organization by focusing on bringing the community together. That, on top of his rich and diverse talents, gives us excitement at his choosing to join our already-thriving museum.”
– Darcie Yamada, ICM Board President

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“Being given the opportunity to lead The Iowa Children’s Museum is truly an honor. This is an opportunity to continue serving the community with a respected organization. But it also gives me the chance to get back to my roots as an educator and promote creativity and healthy development in children.”
– Jeff Capps, New Executive Director of The ICM

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“For the past 20 years, The Iowa Children’s Museum has been deeply committed to the power of play and to making exceptional play-to-learn experiences accessible to all children and their families. I’m confident that Jeff possesses this same commitment and will be a tireless advocate for the needs of children.”
– Deb Dunkhase, Retiring Executive Director of The ICM

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Please join us in welcoming Jeff Capps to The ICM and wishing Deb Dunkhase well as her retirement journey begins!


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