Phyllis Peters has pursued a communications career focusing on media relations and community and public relations (PR). Since 2005 she has been the communications director for Mediacom, a broadband and cable television company that delivers digital communications technology to customers in 20 states. In prior positions, she served as communications director for the Iowa Secretary of State’s office (a politically-appointed position with a focus on processes and reforms in the elections office); worked in various communications and fund-raising positions on several election campaigns for Iowa congressional candidates; and managed constituency communications for Iowa Congressman Tom Harkin. Peters worked for more than 15 years at Iowa State University and Iowa Wesleyan College. At the ISU Foundation she was responsible for donor relations and donor recognition events, as well as writing and producing donor-related publications. Prior to Iowa State, she led fund-raising efforts as Iowa Wesleyan’s development director.
As a volunteer, Peters has been active in state and community organizations that work to advance opportunities and equality for women. She was appointed to serve on the Iowa Commission for the Status of Women (ICSW) in 2008 and was re-appointed to a Commissioner position in 2014. She is currently the Commission chair, and also participates as an active volunteer with ICSW allied organizations that work to advance opportunities and remove barriers for Iowa women and girls. Those organizations include the Friends of the ICSW, the Iowa Women’s Leadership Project, and AAUW (Ames branch). She initiated the Gender Balance Project that the Friends of ICSW funds and leads, and it is considered to be the first pro-active effort in the country that seeks to achieve gender equality for policy-setting boards and commissions at local levels of Iowa government. A lifelong Iowan, Peters earned a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree from Drake University.