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About Liz

Advocate for youth

Liz Cox is a longtime West Des Moines resident, community volunteer, and youth advocate passionate about community betterment and a thriving city and school system.

Active in community 

Cox is currently the CEO of Polk County Health Services, a non-profit agency supporting mental health and disability services for adults and children. Prior to leading Polk County Health Services, Liz was the director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa.

Liz was elected to the West Des Moines Board of Education in 2015 and currently serves as Vice-President of the Board.

Liz is a member of the Des Moines AM Rotary and has held board positions on The Great Outdoors Foundation and Mid Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  

An advocate of restorative justice, Cox was involved in the start-up of the Youth Justice Initiative in West Des Moines.  


She has a long history of productive collaboration with WDMCS administration, teachers and students through her involvement in West Des Moines Community Schools. Her work includes sustainable program development, fundraising and large-scale event management.

“I’m running for school board to position West Des Moines Community Schools as a leader in Iowa – raising student achievement and developing a globally competitive education for every student.” 

Liz and Tom are the proud parents of three children (WDMCS classes of 2014, 2016 and 2017).



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