MEET CARL VOSS
A fifth-generation Iowan, father of two, and grandfather of six, Carl Voss has lived in Des Moines since 1971. While beginning his journalism career in the city as a photographer and editor for the Des Moines Register, he got to know the issues that Des Moines residents face and became increasingly involved in civic activities. In addition to serving as an interim City Council member and on fund-raising cabinets for community-betterment projects, Carl currently chairs the city's Transportation Safety Committee that works to make streets accessible to all, including pedestrians, mobility-challenged, bike riders, and transit users.
Faith and family are cornerstones in Carl's life, but his passions and work extend in meaningful ways to the city of Des Moines. Carl is the co-founder of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective and led the initiative to install bike racks on all MTA/DART buses. A board member of Friends of Des Moines Parks, he actively works to improve neighborhoods through park and trail projects. With grandchildren in the Des Moines Public School system and two sons who graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Carl is a proud Des Moines resident working hard for all. He has volunteered his time and created service projects throughout the city--from diaper drives and Mitten Runs to youth soccer fields and the East Village Holiday Promenade.
Carl and his wife, Susan, are two of the first East Village residents, where they have promoted Shop Local and community-building initiatives. As a founding board member of the Historic East Village, Carl has worked since 2000 to create a safe, walkable neighborhood for residents, small businesses, and visitors.
Carl brings his diverse experience to each opportunity and works collaboratively to reach the best solutions for Des Moines.