Press Release

March 27, 2023

Contact: Brett Toresdahl, 515-725-1781

Erika Eckley Appointed Executive Director of the Iowa Public Information Board

           The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) announces the appointment of Erika Eckley of Carlisle as its next Executive Director.  She will fill the vacancy left by Margaret Johnson upon her retirement.  Eckley began her service to the Board on March 20, 2023.  She becomes the fourth person to hold this position in the ten-year history of the IPIB.

           “We are excited to have Erika join the staff of the Board,” stated Julie Pottorff, Board Chair.  “Erika brings a number of skills that will make her a tremendous asset,” added Pottorff. “We look forward to working with her.”

             In her role, Eckley will advise and provide counsel to the nine-member Board and oversee the administration of the agency.  Erika received her law degree from Drake University, her master’s of public administration from Iowa State University, and her undergraduate degree from Grand View University. During her career, Erika has been an advocate for issues relating to health care and safety.  She has worked in private practice, as a staff attorney at the Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation at ISU, and as assistant general counsel for the Iowa Hospital Association.  In her spare time, Erika enjoys participating in and supporting the arts in Iowa. She is a member of the Board for Carousel Theatre of Indianola.

The Iowa Public Information Board was created in 2012 to provide a free, efficient way for Iowans to receive information and resolve complaints related to Iowa’s open meetings and public records laws.  It promotes and educates Iowans about transparency within government.  The IPIB works with Iowa’s governmental bodies, the media, and the citizenry at large. The vast majority of complaints are settled informally with a negotiated compromise that satisfies both parties, reduces community conflict, and results in increased government transparency.  For more information about the IPIB, please visit: