OPN’s young leaders learn about communities through leadership programs

Three of OPN’s young leaders are learning more about the cities in which they live, play, and work through various leadership programs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Des Moines.  Through full-day monthly sessions from fall through spring, participants receive a comprehensive overview of the systems that govern, serve, and develop their communities. Session topics range from healthcare to education and arts/culture to government.

In Cedar Rapids, Stacey Hanley is a member of the Leadership for Five Seasons class of 2017. Managed by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Leadership for Five Seasons prepares emerging and existing leaders in the Cedar Rapids area to be community trustees. Each year, the class is chosen from a group of applicants who have demonstrated past and future interest in actively shaping the Cedar Rapids community.

Hanley is a dual-degree professional with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Her expertise lies in urban design, planning, and master planning project types where her interdisciplinary experience is maximized. When not working, Stacey enjoys gardening and researching urban agriculture, traveling, and spending time with her family. Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Stacey played key roles in the redevelopment of Green Square in Cedar Rapids. She’s also worked on multiple projects on both the Kirkwood Community College and College Community School District campuses.

In Iowa City, Justin Bishop, was accepted to participate to the current class of the Iowa City Chamber’s Community Leadership Program. The program is designed to foster informed, well-equipped, and invested leaders in the Iowa City area.

Justin has been an architect with OPN Architects for more than 12 years. He will lead the firm’s newest studio in Iowa City, where he is already currently leading numerous projects including the Johnson County Emergency Services project. He is also a project manager for Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa. Justin, who lives in North Liberty with his wife, an elementary school counselor, and two young sons, has enjoyed engaging the community through numerous non-profit organizations, including United Way and Habitat for Humanity. Justin holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and recently earned his MBA at the University of Iowa.

In Des Moines, Matthew Schultz is one of 50 participants in the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program. Each year, fifty emerging and existing leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors of the community are selected to participate in this transformational program. Ideal candidates have demonstrated community leadership experience and are committed to community involvement.

Matthew joined OPN Architects as an intern architect in 2013 after completing his Masters of Architecture studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has a passion for architecture’s potential to offer solutions to our clients and communities. When not in the design studio, he can be found outdoors, traveling, or brushing up on his photography skills. Originally from Johnston, Iowa, Matthew was elected to the editorial board for Iowa Architect magazine in 2016