Diane Ottosson

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Year Elected to Office and Number of Terms Served

Ottosson is serving her first four-year 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.


Place of Employment

Ottosson retired as director of marketing and communication for William Penn University. She had previously served as the executive director of United Way of Mahaska County.

Current Involvement in Community Activities and Organizations

For over 20 years Ottosson has been a member of Kiwanis of Oskaloosa, having fulfilled two terms as president. She is on the board of directors for FACE of Mahaska County, an organization promoting the arts and art education. She is also a member of the Golden Goose Club, a grassroots initiative devoted to community improvement. Currently she is working with a coalition of local service organizations to build a new playground at Edmundson Park.

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 feeling but doesn’t limit itself in its vision of what our quality of life can be. She appreciates the many people here who are willing to share their time, talents and other resources to strengthen our community.

Additional Involvement and Special Areas of Interest

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

Decision or Action of Which Most Proud

Building a new early childhood education and family recreation center will fulfill long-standing needs in the community and exemplifies what can be accomplished through collaboration. New businesses are coming to Oskaloosa, and in 2021 the downtown district will receive a third phase of façade improvements.

Family Members

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