Bravo Greater Des Moines announced today the hiring of Sally Dix as executive director of the organization. Dix was selected from an extensive pool of local and national candidates evaluated by a search committee led by Bravo Board President Sharon Krause with the assistance of Arts Consulting Group, a national arts & culture consulting firm.

“Our committee completed a very comprehensive search process over the past six months. We received a tremendous response both locally and nationally. After extensive interviews, Sally Dix became the clear choice to lead Bravo forward,” said Krause. “Sally’s experience, education and local perspective of the community bring innumerable assets to Bravo and the central-Iowa region. We are fortunate to have such talent and professional passion within our community.”

Prior to joining Bravo, Dix was the Blue Zones Engagement Manager for Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® where she played a key role in managing the Blue Zones Project brand and built strong relationships with stakeholders across Iowa.

Before Wellmark, Dix was the Executive Director of the Iowa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure where she led strategic planning, board development and fundraising efforts to strengthen the Affiliate’s work in the fight against breast cancer. She also worked for nearly 10 years for the Science Center of Iowa as the Vice President of Communications where she led the planning, opening and launch of the new $62 million facility that opened in 2005.

Dix earned her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa.

The selection of Sally Dix as executive director beginning on January 2, 2014 kicks off a comprehensive vision and strategic planning process for Bravo.

“Bravo plays an important role in enhancing quality of life in Greater Des Moines,” said Dix. “I’m thrilled to be joining the organization at this exciting time as we look to new ways to strengthen and promote our vibrant cultural community.”

Bravo made grant awards totaling more than $3 million to 58 arts, culture and heritage organizations this year. With a 37 percent increase over the previous year’s awards, this is a record-breaking funding level for Bravo. As Bravo continues to grow, Dix will lead the organization to identify needs and develop a clear vision for the arts and culture sector in the region.

Sixteen partner local governments – Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Polk City, Polk County, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights– have committed a portion of their hotel/motel tax revenues through the establishment of 28E agreements with Bravo Greater Des Moines that distributes funding through an annual competitive granting process.