WEST DES MONES, IA (TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) is excited to announce that Kara Matheson has been promoted to senior director of workforce development effective immediately. Prior to this promotion, Matheson served in two different roles with the WDM Chamber as the director of workforce development and as the events and marketing communications manager. Matheson will celebrate her third year with the WDM Chamber on September 25.

“Kara is a highly valued West Des Moines Chamber champion who has excelled in key areas that has helped to propel the chamber into new areas and initiatives,” said WDM Chamber President and CEO Katherine Harrington. “She has put her heart and love into her work and is a vital asset to our team, community and region at large. Kara is not only a wealth of knowledge about the chamber world, but she also has a keen sense of what is impactful for members, employers and workforce. The high impact growth in everything she touches is a true testament to her hard work, smarts and tenacity.”

Matheson leads several initiatives vital to the WDM Chamber including the West Des Moines Leadership Academy (WDMLA), YURtern, a program designed to help college students grow professionally during the summer months, and West YP, the WDM Chamber’s young professionals group. She was instrumental in the chamber’s inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workplace Excellence Awards, the creation of the WDMLA Alumni Group, the rebranding and launch of West YP and much more.

“We congratulate Kara Matheson on this well-deserved promotion,” said Therese Wielage, WDM Chamber board chair and chief marketing & communications officer at Merchants Bonding Company. “Her innovative leadership in developing a diverse and talented work force has put a spotlight on the culture and benefits of our community. Her energy is infectious and will no doubt help attract more just like her! West Des Moines’ future is bright with young hard- working professionals like Kara!”

For more information about the WDM Chamber’s workforce efforts and programming, please contact Kara Matheson at

About the WDM Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce is to champion all things West Des Moines by strengthening our area companies, providing personalized resources and attracting a top workforce to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. With 700+ members, we provide something for everyone. Learn more about the chamber and how to get involved at