Selection Process for Board of Directors

Application Period: June 16 – July 22, 2021

About the FHLB Des Moines Board of Directors

The FHLB Des Moines Board of Directors is comprised of 22 directors: 13 member directors and nine independent directors (two of which are designated as public interest independent directors) representing our 13-state district.

FHLB Des Moines is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in all activities across our district, including membership on our Board of Directors. Broadening Board composition through diversity allows us to gain new insights about markets and business practices. As a result, we strongly encourage members to consider minorities, women and individuals with disabilities when nominating or soliciting nominees for positions on our Board.

The Bank is currently seeking 1 independent director in the regular election.

Independent Director Requirements and Qualifications 

Independent Director Candidate Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen and maintain a principal residence within the Bank’s district (as noted above), or own or lease a residence in the district and be employed in the district.
  • Candidate may not be an officer of any Federal Home Loan Bank or a director, officer or employee of any Bank member institution or of any recipient of Bank advances.
  • Candidate must have knowledge of, or experience in, financial management, auditing or accounting, risk management practices, derivatives, project development, organizational management or the law.

Desired Director Attributes

The Board of Directors has identified certain skills and experience that one or more of its members ideally possess to help ensure the Board as a whole is able to effectively carry out its oversight responsibilities. These skills are set forth in the Bank’s Board-approved Corporate Governance Principles.

In 2021, the Board assessed the skills and experience possessed by its members to determine whether the capabilities of the Board as a whole could be enhanced through the addition of individuals with particular areas of expertise. The Executive and Governance Committee of the Board (Committee) conducted the assessment and generally concluded that the skills and expertise of Board members aligned with the desired skills. However, the Committee also determined that director candidates with expertise in the following areas could further strengthen the Board’s capabilities:

  • Information technology, including technology-based software and hardware and project development and management of large information technology initiatives;
  • Information security architecture, protocols and standards, including cyber security and data loss prevention;
  • Enterprise and operational risk management, including risk governance, legal and compliance; and
  • Capital markets, capital markets transactions, debt instruments, mortgages and other related investments and derivatives transactions.

Nomination and Election Process

The FHLB Des Moines General Information Statement provides a timeline of events related to the 2020 election and general information about FHLB Des Moines and our Board of Directors.

To apply, complete and return the Independent Director Application Form using any of the options below by July 22, 2020. Interested individuals who miss the deadline may provide their contact information to to be added to our candidate pool for future election cycles.

  • Email a completed application form to:
  • Mail a completed application form to:
    • Ms. Dara Queck, SVP/Chief Bank Operations Officer
      Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
      909 Locust St.
      Des Moines, IA 50309

Once an application is received, FHLB Des Moines will verify the applicant meets the eligibility requirements for the directorship based on regulatory guidelines. 

The Board will consult with its Affordable Housing Advisory Council before nominating an individual for any independent directorship. The Board will only nominate one individual for each independent director seat to be filled in the election. All independent director candidates will be notified of whether or not they were nominated.

The Bank will proceed with placing the name of the nominated individual on the ballot for election to the independent director position. All newly elected directors will take office on January 1, 2022.