MUSCATINE, Iowa–Since Maxwell and Elizabeth Stanley created the Stanley Center in 1956, their family has played an active role in moving the organization forward and fostering its goals of addressing climate change, preventing the use of nuclear weapons, and stopping mass violence. This year, Lynne Stanley, the granddaughter of Maxwell and Elizabeth Stanley will continue her family’s legacy by serving as the chair of the Stanley Center’s Board of Directors, making her the first woman to do so.
A Muscatine native, Stanley who later moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to practice law, Stanley has played an active role with the Stanley Center for over 30 years. Stanley has served on the board of directors almost continuously since 1990, most recently as its vice chair, and has also worked on the finance and governance committees as well.
As she steps into her new role as board chair, she looks forward to the many opportunities the center will have to continue improving the community and the world. “There is a lot to be excited about as we look toward completing our new headquarters in Muscatine, reimagining our local programs that focus on global education and perspectives, and adding in-person opportunities back into the mix of options available to the center in creating its programming and advancing its goals,” she elaborated.
More specifically, Stanley plans to help the center continue to find ways to increase diversity and inclusion in both its operations and programming. “The board needs to determine what that effort looks like for the center’s governance body and what our next steps will be,” she added.
As Stanley begins her time as board chair, she feels proud to carry on her family’s legacy: “I believe that founders Max and Betty Stanley would be pleased if they could see the kinds of issues with which the center is engaging and the ways in which it is doing so. I think they would be moved to see that our governance body now includes family members who never had an opportunity to know them.” Stanley also celebrates that her relative, Lori Zook-Stanley, has taken on the role of board vice-chair.