Constant joins Technology Association of Iowa Board of Directors

Sep 07, 2021

New role gives Iowa State CIO opportunity to network with technology leaders state-wide 

Kristen Constant has been appointed to the Technology Association of Iowa board of directors, a group of Iowa’s most innovative technology leaders who support the industry and aim to advance Iowa’s reputation as a technology state. As a statewide membership-based organization, TAI unites Iowa’s technology community by developing talent, driving public policy and fostering diversity and inclusion. 

Constant joins some thirty other board members of Iowa industries representing companies like John Deere, Sukup, Principal, Unity Point Health and more. 

"The Technology Association of Iowa is thrilled to have Iowa State University vice president and CIO Kristen Constant join the TAI Board of Directors. Kristen will bring tech industry expertise and unique insight to an already dynamic group of Iowa technology executives," says Brian Waller, TAI president. 

She also joins Nate Kaedig, economic development advisor at the University of Iowa, and Marty Mark, chief information officer at the University of Northern Iowa, as board members of Iowa Board of Regents institutions. In addition to the three public universities, the regents' institutions encompass the Iowa School for the Deaf and Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 

“At the request of President Wintersteen and Economic Development and Industry Relations interim vice president David Spalding, I am looking forwarding to serving as a TAI board representative,” said Constant. “I am grateful to have a seat at the table with technology leaders from all sectors to develop strategies and solutions for the challenges we face.” 

With membership from more than 250 organizations, many of TAI’s activities involve networking and development events and initiatives that support tech-related economic advancement. Of the approximate 100 events hosted by TAI annually, two of the more prominent functions include the Iowa Technology Summit for creators and consumers of emerging technologies and the Iowa High School Tech Summit introducing students to technology companies and careers across Iowa. 

To continue strengthening the state’s tech-talent pipeline, TAI assists in managing the Techstream statewide database connecting students, parents, and teachers with tech-centered opportunities, programs and news and association apprenticeship program developed in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor. 

“TAI is also highly interested in statewide broadband legislation, which could benefit Iowa State University students, faculty and staff among Iowa’s constituents at large,” said Constant. “We are also interested in workforce and talent development, as the university is both a producer and employer of that talent.” 

In addition to workforce development and broadband initiatives, recent TAI board discussions have focused on formalized data governance and talent retention. 

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