Policymaker Panel Discussion
Kathie ObradovichOpinion Editor, The Des Moines Register
Kathie Obradovich, opinion editor, has been with the Des Moine Register since 2003. She works with the Register's Pulitzer-winning editorial staff and also writes a column focused on finding solutions for Iowa.
Rob HoggIowa Senator, District 33
Rob Hogg was elected to his fourth term in the Iowa Senate in 2018. He previously served two terms in the Iowa House. He represents the people of Senate District 33 in Cedar Rapids.
Senator Hogg is Ranking Member on the Justice Systems Budget and on the Natural Resources & Environment Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary, Local Government and Administrative Rules Review committees.
Rob is a fourth-generation Iowan. He attended the University of Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1988. He received his master’s degree in public affairs and his law degree from the University of Minnesota.
Rob and his wife, Kate, have three children. They are members of Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids. For more information, visit www.robhogg.org.
Joshua MandelbaumSenior Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Des Moines City Council
Josh Mandelbaum is a Des Moines City Council member and a senior attorney with the Environmental Law & Policy Center(ELPC). In his time on the City Council, Josh co-chaired the Energy Policy Taskforce whose work led to Des Moines’ benchmarking ordinance. He also championed Des Moines’ legal source of income non-discrimination ordinance, complete streets policy, and juvenile diversion program. Previously, Josh served as a senior policy advisor to Iowa Governor Thomas J. Vilsack and Lt. Governor Sally J. Pederson. Josh is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute. He was honored as a member of the Midwest Energy News 2016 40 under 40 class and the Des Moines Business Record’s 2017 40 under 40 class. He lives on the west side of Des Moines with his wife Katherine, children Liam and Ayla, and black lab Truman.
David SieckIowa House of Representatives
David Sieck is a fourth generation Iowa farmer, growing corn, hay, and soybeans on his fifth generation family farm in Glenwood. He attended Iowa Western Community College and as well as Iowa State University. He is also a licensed real estate agent and works for Jim Hughes Real Estate.
Along with his work in agriculture, Sieck has passionately pursued opportunities in renewable energy and economic development. This includes being a founding board member of both Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) and Western Iowa Energy.
David is a past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and past committee member of the National Corn Growers Association. He has also served as the Vice Chairman of the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee. He is also an active community volunteer as a member of the Glenwood Optimists and Mills County Economic Development Foundation.
Sieck and his wife, Kim have three children; Maddison, Evan, and Alexa. The family attends St. John’s Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs.
Kristin SundeIowa Representative, District 42
Kristin Sunde is the Iowa State Representative for House District 42 which includes West Des Moines and part of northern Warren County. Kristin and her husband Matt own a financial advisory business, which specializes in helping Iowans protect their hard-earned incomes and save for the future. They have one son, Cade, and spent several years as proud foster parents, providing a safe, loving home to kids and supporting parents working to overcome their struggles and reunite their families.
Raised in northwest Iowa, Kristin graduated from Newell-Fonda High School. She attended the University of Iowa before graduating from the University of Northern Iowa. She started her career as a TV news reporter and morning anchor in Sioux City, Iowa, before moving to West Des Moines in 1999 and joining a local advertising and public relations firm.
Kristin is a 2006 graduate of the Leadership Iowa Program and before becoming a foster parent spent many years as a volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation, raising money for arthritis research—a cause close to her heart as an Iowan living with rheumatoid arthritis.
As a family, Kristin, Matt and Cade enjoy golfing together and spending time with their dogs Theo and Sunny.
Kristin serves on the Judiciary, Human Resources, Public Safety and Environmental Protection Committees, as well as the Justice System Appropriations Subcommittee.
Paul Trombino III
Paul Trombino IIIChief Operating Officer, Office of the Governor, State of Iowa
Paul Trombino is the Chief Operating Officer for Governor Reynolds and Lt. Governor Greg. Paul provides operational management and leadership of state government agencies. Before joining the Governor’s Office, Paul was the President of a regional professional services company and is the former Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation. Paul has bachelor degrees in Economics and Civil Engineering and, has Professional Engineer’s licenses in Iowa and Wisconsin.