Laura Sweet

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Des Moines Performing Arts

Laura Sweet serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Des Moines Performing Arts, one of Iowa’s premier non-profit arts organizations. In this capacity Laura oversees: production, building services, ticketing, guest services and human resources. Additionally, she leads the organizations safety and security initiatives and capital improvements including the extensive renovation to the organization’s outdoor venue, Cowles Commons.

Prior to joining DMPA, she was VP for the Ordway in Saint Paul, Minn., and was the Associate Executive Director of the University of Nebraska’s Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, NE. Laura is on the Red Cross Board of Directors and she is also in senior leadership of the Nexus Executive Women’s Leadership alliance. She serves as co-chair of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Performing Arts Managers Committee as well as their conference planning committee, and recently completed the Senior Executive Symposium. Laura has a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Kansas, respectively.