Scott Raecker serves as Executive Director of Character Counts In Iowa (CCII) – a position he has held since the organization was founded in 1997.
CCII is housed as a grant funded institute at Drake University and is a statewide partner of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and Regional Center for the Institute for Excellence & Ethics. CCII is focused on a mission to recognize, enhance and sustain the positive qualities of Iowans in order to promote civility through character development. From the pre-school environment to the corporate boardroom, CCII is coordinating a statewide effort to create a positive environment of civility and principled decision making in our daily lives.
Scott’s commitment to positively impact Iowa was also reflected in his 14 years of public service as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1999 through 2012. In the legislature, Scott served in numerous leadership roles including chair of the House Appropriations Committee, chair of the Ethics Committee, and chair of the Midwest Council of Government’s Legislative Leadership Institute.
Scott is involved in numerous civic volunteer efforts serving as a board member of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Drake University School of Education National Advisory Board, Board Member Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folk Life and Cultural Studies Advisory Board, Josephson Institute of Ethics Board of Governors, Shining City Foundation, and board member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines AM. Scott is member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the Des Moines A.M. Rotary Club and Urbandale Chambers of Commerce.
Scott is a graduate of Grinnell College where he received his B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies. Scott is also certified as a character development specialist and corporate ethics trainer through the Josephson Institute of Ethics
Scott and his wife, Martha, live in Urbandale with their children, Emily, 19, and Max, 17.