Cedar Rapids Hires Elizabeth Buch as Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Elizabeth Buch (Town of Cedar Rapids)

CEDAR RAPIDS – Elizabeth Buch has taken on a new role with the City of Cedar Rapids to lead its efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Buch recently started as the city’s premier Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, where she will lead steps to promote and strengthen these priorities within the organization through programming, training and services, according to a press release.

This position reports directly to City Manager Jeff Pomeranz and will work with the Director of Human Resources and other senior executives to establish and execute the city’s first comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.

“The Town of Cedar Rapids is committed to advancing efforts to create an organization that reflects our community and is welcoming to all,” Pomeranz said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Elizabeth to create a focused diversity, equity and inclusion strategy that will help us meet both short and long term goals for the city. “

Prior to working for the city, Buch was most recently the Cedar Rapids site manager for the nonprofit Urban Dreams, with a focus on workforce development initiatives under the the city’s partnership with the group. Urban Dreams at Cedar Rapids operates out of the Ladd Library Opportunity Center, 3750 Williams Blvd. SW.

While working with Urban Dreams, Buch managed to connect over 35 people with jobs, opened and operated a pantry in an underserved area of ​​Cedar Rapids, and partnered with Cedar Rapids Community School. District for 14 student interns to focus on marginalized populations.

Buch has also partnered with Mount Mercy University, Iowa Prison Industries and Google to create soft skills development training for incarcerated people to reduce recidivism in Iowa.

Previously, Buch worked at Collins Aerospace as a liaison for diversity and community relations as well as a site contact for corporate social responsibility efforts.

In her previous roles, Buch coordinated several high-profile events, including the United Way of East Central Iowa Day of Caring, Women’s Leadership Conference, Brucemorchestra, and Introduce a Girl to Engineering.

“Over the past eight years, I have grounded myself in our community by building strong and trusting relationships with community members, leaders and nonprofit organizations focusing on creating opportunities in communities. most difficult situations, “Buch said in a statement.

“I’m really excited to pursue all of these elements for a strategic, pragmatic and intentional approach in this role,” she said.

“I believe in our city and am invigorated by the efforts of the City of Cedar Rapids. The creation of this role shows the city’s commitment to creating a better community for all.

Buch holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Kirkwood Community College, a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Strategic Leadership from Mount Mercy University. She also obtained certification from Columbia University as an inclusive teacher in college classrooms.

A native of Joplin, Missouri, Buch grew up in various cities and states, and graduated from high school in Decorah.

Cedar Rapids had worked with Illinois-based GovHR USA for $ 21,000 to lead the search process for the position, which city council approved for creation in August 2020.

According to the brochure advertising the position, the hiring salary range is $ 80,371.20 to $ 94,452.80 plus benefits. The full lineup extends to $ 108,492.80.

Cedar Rapids restarted the search in June because a candidate offered the job and the city was “unable to come to a mutually satisfactory agreement on terms of employment.”

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