Grand View University Announces Michelle Book as 2024 Commencement Speaker

April 24, 2024

Michelle L. Book, President & CEO, Food Bank of Iowa, will give the 2024 address at Grand View University’s commencement ceremony. The event will be held on Monday, May 6 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. 

Michelle Book has served as president and CEO of Food Bank of Iowa since 2016. With a focus on culture, collaboration, and community she has transformed Food Bank of Iowa from underperforming to being recognized as a Feeding America food bank of excellence with the Network Celebration Award in 2022 and the Living Our Values award in 2023.
Prior to joining Food Bank of Iowa, Michelle served in global business roles with DuPont Pioneer and John Deere Finance.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting from Iowa State University. She has been recognized by the Des Moines Business Record as a Woman of Influence, a “leader to know,” and among the metro’s top 25 Most Influential Business Leaders. In 2019, Michelle was an Iowa State University Alumni Lifetime Achievement Awardee.

Michelle has served on numerous community, state, and national boards. Today she serves on Nationwide Insurance Board Council, the Kennedy Center National Performing Arts Council, and the U.S. Bank Midwest Region Advisory Council.