Thursday, April 20, 2017
Teree Caldwell-Johnson has spent her entire career in public service. Born in Salina, Kansas, Teree has a B.A. in English from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a M.P.A. from the University of Kansas.
In 1988 Teree was appointed Executive Director of the Metro Waste Authority in Des Moines, Iowa. She served in that position until 1996 when she was appointed to the position of Polk County Manager, a position she held from 1996-2003. In April of 2004 Teree was appointed to the position of CEO for Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services.
Teree was elected to the Des Moines School Board in 2006 and re-elected to second and third four year terms in 2009 and 2013. She currently is Chair of the Des Moines School Board and serves on the board of directors of Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, Polk County Housing Trust Fund, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and The Director’s Council.
Married to Vernon C. Johnson, a retired non-profit executive, they have two adult children, Baley and Baxtyr.