Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

The Des Moines Area Luncheon and Speaker Series is open to all alumni, parents, and friends of the college. Please join us for this great opportunity to network and socialize with others in the Des Moines area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Speaker: Amber (Kobler) Lynch '03
“Shaping Places, Shaping Lives – Building Community and Transforming Three Challenged Urban Core Neighborhoods in Des Moines"

Amber (Kobler) Lynch graduated from Luther College in 2003 without a clear idea of what her career path would be. In city planning she has found a passion for impacting people’s lives in a positive way by helping them to shape the future of the places they live. Since 2008 she has worked for the City of Des Moines revitalizing older neighborhoods so that they continue to be desirable for new and existing residents. For the past several years, Amber’s focus has been on three east side neighborhoods – Capitol Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and Capitol East.

Amber's presentation will share the story of that work under the Viva East Bank! initiative, which has nearly 30 partner organizations working alongside residents to transform neighborhoods that face many challenges. Through her work in Viva East Bank!, Amber has emphasized the importance of addressing socioeconomic issues like education, health and well-being, and family self-sufficiency in revitalizing distressed areas. Her philosophy is that long-term revitalization of the built environment cannot be sustained without also improving the life circumstances of the population living there. This has led to new and innovative collaborations that build on the strengths that already exist within the neighborhoods and the broader community. Viva East Bank! is being recognized throughout Central Iowa as a model to follow for neighborhood planning and revitalization.

Amber (Kobler) Lynch, AICP

Amber Lynch is a Senior City Planner for the City of Des Moines, Iowa. She has worked in the City’s Neighborhood Development Division since 2008. Amber’s primary role is to work with neighborhoods to develop short-range revitalization plans. She has also worked on streetscape projects along with numerous regional planning initiatives, and is currently acting as the overall project manager for Viva East Bank!, overseeing the implementation of three neighborhood plans and managing a coalition of nearly 30 partner organizations. Amber serves as a board member for the American Planning Association’s Iowa Chapter, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and holds a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Luther College. She lives in Des Moines with her husband, Ryan, and two daughters, Nora and Hailey.

Event Information

11:00 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Buffet luncheon begins
12:00 p.m. Program
1:00 p.m. Event ends

$15.00 per person. Please register online by the end of the day on Wednesday, April 19th.

Windsor Heights Community Center
6900 School Street, Colby Park
Windsor Heights, Iowa
515-645-6821

The dates for the academic year 20162017 are:
Friday, November 11th, 2016 - Maren Beard '08, Luther College Center for Sustainability

Friday, February 17th, 2017 -
Kai Ashland '14 and Ben Harney '15
Friday, April 21st, 2017 - Amber (Kobler) Lynch '03

Planning Committee:
Eric Carlson '89, Kris Gregersen '82, Jerry Jaeger '09, Cara Kennedy-Ode '94, John Kenworthy '88, Suzanne (Roverud) Mineck '96, Becky (Linnevold) Shaw '71, Anjie Shutts '93

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