AMES, Iowa – Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, of Altoona, has been named the 2019 Emerging Iowa Leader by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Burns-Thompson is regulatory affairs counsel for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and international agriculture from Iowa State in 2011.
“Elizabeth is a leading member of our college’s young alumni program, the Curtiss League, and is incoming chair of the Iowa State University Young Alumni Council. From guest lecturing, to writing recommendation letters, to supporting the college’s student council, she positively impacts the college and our students in many ways,” said Dan Robison, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The award was presented at center court of Hilton Coliseum during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences sponsored Cyclone women’s basketball game Feb. 9.
Selection of the Emerging Iowa Leader Award is based on efforts to advance agriculture and life sciences in Iowa through communications, education, relationship-building, engagement and outstanding alumni service to the college. Honorees must be age 40 or younger at the time of nomination, live or work in Iowa and demonstrate high potential for future professional growth.