Judy Downs
Urbandale School Board


Judy Downs


I am honored to serve on the Urbandale School Board because I think every child deserves a free, comprehensive and well-rounded education.

As the daughter, granddaughter, daughter-in-law, sister, niece and friend of teachers, I have supported public schools my entire life. As a mother, I have become increasingly aware of the immense responsibility we have to ensure a quality education for our children and for children who do not have advocates. 

I was born in Ames, Iowa to two graduate students at ISU. My father, raised in Mississippi where school funding has never been a priority and my mother, the daughter of a school teacher and Army Colonel attended school across the United States and chose to raise their family in Iowa because of its strong tradition of public education. When my husband, Andrew and I were faced with the same choice, we chose Urbandale for it's strong community and schools. Now, we live two blocks away from where Andrew grew up with his three brothers with our son, Charlie, and daughter, Virginia.

Thank you for your interest in my campaign and please don't hesitate to reach out. 


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I know that there are parents, students and community members that have diverse thoughts and experiences about public education. That is why I want to learn from you. What is important to you? What is important to Urbandale and its students? 

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Judy Downs

Judy has spent her career working to enrich the lives of Central Iowans. She believes that public service  is her calling and has spent years working in the nonprofit sector in order to ensure a strong quality of life for her community. 




Executive Director

Executive Director

Development Director

Director of Events and Sales  

Activities & Affiliations

  • Member, Plymouth Congregational Church

  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Board Member, Professional Development Committee Chair (Former)

  • Theodore Roosevelt High School Foundation, Board Member (Former)

  • Campfire, Heart of Iowa, Former Board Member (Former)