Mayor Diana Willits

Experience

Diana Willits has been a resident of Windsor Heights for 36 years.  Diana served as a councilmember from 1997-2013. She was Mayor Pro Tem for 8 years. She was elected to be the Mayor in November 2013.

Education

Diana attended Iowa State University College of Business and was an active participant of Chi Omega Fraternity.

Business

Diana retired from Meredith Corporation after 30 years. She currently runs her own consulting business.

Civic Involvement

Diana is currently serves as member on these following committees:

  • Metro Advisory Legislative Committee(MAC) Executive Board
  • Metro Mayors Committee (Mialg)
  • City Council Policy and Finance Committee
  • Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Member
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board Member
  • Special Events Committee
  • Urban Land Institute Member
  • Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Smart Growth City Member

Diana has represented the City of Windsor Heights as a delegate to the Greater Des Moines Partnership in Washington DC for 15 years.  She represented the City of Windsor Heights in Tampa, Florida for the All American City awards in 2009.

Diana is an active member of these organizations:

  • Chi Omega Parents Group (Past President)
  • Urban Heights Covenant Church Worship Team

Accomplishments

During Diana’s tenure with the City of Windsor Heights, she was instrumental in the creation of the Special Events Committee, Windsor Heights Zip Code, Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce, Colby Park Redevelopment, Trail Connections, Rental housing standards, Metro Home Improvement Program, City News Hours, Windsor Heights Dog Park, Design Standards for the  City Corridors, Ember the Fire Dog, Little Free Libraries Program, City Sounds Piano Program and the Walking School Bus Program.   Diana was involved in the creating the Complete Streets Policy for the City.  Diana helped to create the vision for the Bike Hub,which connect the neighborhoods and help spur economic development in our City.

Passion

Diana’s passion is economic development and continuing efforts to ensure that the city continues sustainable practices. She actively assists with the recruitment of new businesses and creating opportunities for expansion for our existing businesses.   Working with the previous councils as a voting member from 1997 – 2008 was an exciting time as it was the development of the Town Center Phases on University which brought over 30 million dollars of economic assets into the city.  This needs to continue in order for Levy rates to decrease.  We are in the midst of great rejuvenation for our city. Councils moving forward need to focus on economic growth and all the programs that will make economic growth happen. This will take the burden off the residential home owners.  

Personal Life

Diana and her husband James lives in Windsor Heights. They have two children: Courtney and Ashley.