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Christine Hensley

2017 Iowa Women's Hall of Fame Honoree: Christine Hensley

“Her professional life was successful long before it was common to see women in leadership roles in the business community and therefore she was a role model to many young women just entering the business world. She set a beautiful example of integrity, hard work and success.”
--Written by Connie Wimer of Des Moines in a letter of support

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Christine Hensley was elected to the Des Moines City Council in January 1994 and serves Ward III (downtown, west and southwest areas) of Des Moines. She is serving her sixth-term, and will have served 24 years at the end of this term. She is the longest-serving member and has participated in the most significant renovation of the downtown area in the history of the city. She has played a role in the development of $2.5 billion in projects.

Councilwoman Hensley has been active on numerous boards, serving as president of the Iowa Student Loan board, the Neighborhood Finance Corporation, Bravo Greater Des Moines, the Des Moines Symphony, the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), the Iowa League of Cities (inducted into the Iowa League of Cities Hall of Fame), the YWCA and Rebuilding Together. She has also served on the boards of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, Midwest Housing Equity Group, Junior Achievement, the Des Moines Art Center, the Iowa Bankers Association, Lutheran Hospital, the Des Moines Social Club, the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Des Moines Civic Center.

In her professional career, Councilwoman Hensley retired in 2012 from Bank of the West as the Regional Community and Government Affairs Officer covering Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the YWCA of Greater Des Moines, Regional Recruitment/Personnel Director at Deloitte and Touche and worked at the Des Moines company Coopers and Lybrand.

Councilwoman Hensley was born on August 12, 1949 and raised in Des Moines. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy and Drake University.