Diane Ottosson

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Ottosson is serving her first term on Council after being elected in the fall of 2017.

Education and Background

Ottosson grew up in Indiana in a small farming community near Indianapolis. After moving to Oskaloosa, she attended William Penn University while raising a family and working. She graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications with minors in Journalism, English, and Marketing.

Place of Employment

Ottosson was director of marketing and communication for William Penn University before retiring to focus on greater community service. Prior to her work at Penn she served as executive director of United Way of Mahaska County where she enjoyed collaboration with agencies serving local needs.

Current Involvement in Community Activities and Organizations

Ottosson has been a member of Kiwanis of Oskaloosa for over 20 years and served as advisor to its youth group called Key Club for five years. She is a member of the board of directors for FACE of Mahaska County, an organization dedicated to promoting the arts and art education. She is also a member of the Golden Goose Club, an organization devoted to community improvements from a grassroots initiative.

Reason for Running for Public Office

The decision to run for City Council came in response to the need for representation from the neighborhood that has been Ottosson’s home for more than 30 years. She considers Oskaloosa to be a unique community that has a friendly, small town history but doesn’t limit itself in its vision of what our quality of life can and should be. She appreciates the many people here who are willing to "step up" and help our community be its best.

Additional Involvement and Special Areas of Interest

Ottosson has also served on the ISU Extension-Mahaska County Council and the board of directors for Imagine the Possibilities and United Way of Mahaska County.

Family Members

Ottosson and her husband, John, married in 1981 and have one daughter, Katy, who graduated from Oskaloosa High School.