The Story County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, welcomes Sunni Swarbrick, MPA, as its first full-time executive director. Swarbrick filled the vacancy created by Jennifer Garst’s departure in late November. The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, led by the organization’s advisory board chair and search committee.


“From a great group of applicants, Sunni rose to the top because of her early and continuing dedication to philanthropy, her energy and her ideas for new ways that the foundation can serve the community,” said SCCF Advisory Board Chair Chuck Glatz. “We were delighted that she was so happy to join us. Replacing Jennifer Garst was not going to be easy, but we think we have succeeded nicely.”


Swarbrick’s resume includes more than six years of executive planning, administration, fundraising, program management, marketing and communications in the nonprofit sector. Prior to beginning her role as the executive director of the SCCF, her professional career has included work with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, Simpson College and Diversified Management Services. She completed her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in executive leadership. Swarbrick has served in a broad range of leadership roles supporting several local nonprofit organizations, is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s 2013 Community Leadership Program and was recognized as a 2016 Forty Under 40 honoree with the Des Moines Business Record.


“I look forward to continuing to serve the needs of Story County through the delivery of our personalized service, financial stewardship, local expertise and community leadership,” said Swarbrick. “The foundation plays a key role in supporting the charitable giving priorities of the individuals, families and communities that we serve. I am committed to our work of building legacy of philanthropy and improving the quality of life in Story County.”


The Story County Community Foundation facilitates and promotes private giving through the establishment of endowments, acts as a resource for nonprofit endowment building and awards grants for the betterment of Story County.