Welcome IISC's New Program Coordinator

We are excited to announce that Travis Kraus has joined the IISC as our program coordinator! Travis comes to the IISC with experience in economic development in Iowa. Read our introductory interview and email Travis with any questions or comments regarding his role in the IISC.

Welcome, Travis! Tell us about yourself and your experience prior to joining the IISC.

I’ve had a wide range of personal and professional experiences prior to joining IISC, all of which I believe translate well into my role as program coordinator.  While earning my BA in English and secondary teaching certificate as an undergrad at the University of Iowa, I delved into the world of entrepreneurialism by taking over an established downtown retail business called The Futon Shop (not a bad gig in a college town!).  Many successful and gratifying years later I sold the business to explore other interests, including film production and, later, to study sustainability at the University of Iowa School of Urban & Regional Planning.  Most recently, I served as chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organizations in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, where I have had first-hand experiences of the significant challenges and opportunities facing Iowa communities.  The programs aligns closely with my professional interests in engaged learning, social equity, sustainability, regionalism, arts & culture, and community vitality.

What have you learned in the first few weeks that you're eager to expand throughout the year?

Within a short time after having started as IISC program coordinator, I recognized the incredible impact our program and the entire Office of Outreach & Engagement can and does have across campus and the entire state.  In addition to being a part of great projects this year, I am especially eager to help promote the University of Iowa’s outreach efforts and capabilities, knowing that our work enhances the student experience while offering a lot of value to Iowa communities.    

What are you most looking forward to in your position?

As IISC program coordinator, I am most excited about meeting and working with people who are passionate about making a difference in the world.  Community development and sustainability tend to draw in individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences under common goals… I’ve already met some fantastic people!