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Christine Hensley

Christine (Chris) Hensley was a champion of affordable housing and community growth throughout her long career. She retired as Vice President of Community Investment for Bank of the West in 2012. She also served as a ward representative on the Des Moines City Council for 24 years, the longest-serving member in their history, when she stepped down in 2017.

Chris was one of the initial members of the Iowa Equity Fund Management Committee, now known as the Northeast Operations & Investment Committee, when it was established in November 2001. She played an enormous role in the founding and growth the Iowa Equity Fund. She was also instrumental in establishing Midwest Housing Development Fund, our CDFI lending subsidiary. Chris joined the MHEG Board of Directors in 2010 and served as the Chairman during her last year in 2019.