Kress Elected to National 4-H Council Board of Trustees

Cathann KressAMES, Iowa – Cathann Kress, vice president for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, was elected to the National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees during the board’s annual meeting in November.

Jennifer Sirangelo, incoming CEO of the National 4-H Council, said, “I want to thank Dr. Kress for joining the National 4-H Council Board. Having served as a county 4-H educator in Iowa, state 4-H director in New York, national 4-H Director at USDA and now ISU Vice President for Extension and Outreach, her unique insight is immensely valuable at the council board table. I'm very excited to work together on initiatives to lead 4-H into the future.”

“I’m deeply committed to 4-H and youth programs,” Kress said. “My whole career has been about how we turn things over to the next generation better than we found it. My intention is to continue to strengthen 4-H programs, which offer safe, high quality and exceptional learning experiences to our young people. Taking the resources of our land-grant universities to our youngest citizens is vital to our nation’s future.”

Kress has been vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach since 2011. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work with psychology and sociology emphases from Iowa State University, her master’s degree in education, counselor education/college student development from the University of Iowa, and her doctorate in education from the University of Iowa. She is a native of Sharon Center, Iowa.

The Iowa 4-H program is headquartered at Iowa State University and is available to youth through ISU Extension and Outreach offices in all Iowa counties.

  • One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H programs, developing skills in STEM, healthy living, citizenship, leadership, communication and the arts.
  • More than 10,000 Iowans volunteer to guide 4-H members in becoming productive citizens and successful learners.
  • Iowa 4-H partners with 3,000 organizations, associations, businesses and school districts to build community capacity and increase the ability of youth to demonstrate positive contributions within their communities.

4-H is the youth program of America’s Cooperative Extension Service and is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across the United States with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees.


Note: Kress may be reached at 515-294-5390 or Her mug shot is available here: