Meet Fred

The Leadership to Get Iowa Growing

“I’ve spent my life creating jobs, supporting our community, and fixing troubled state agencies when asked to serve our state. Politicians in Iowa – beholden to special interests and their re-election campaigns – have had the wrong priorities for the last seven years. They have squandered a billion-dollar surplus with tax loopholes and corporate giveaways, resulting in a budget crisis. They have consistently underfunded education, jeopardized Iowans’ health, and allowed incomes to stagnate, all while failing to protect Iowa’s precious natural resources and ensure clean water.”


Fred has Iowa in his bones. The Hubbell family settled in Iowa in the mid-1800s and founded some of early Iowa’s most successful businesses.

Fred met his wife, Charlotte, in law school at the University of Iowa. Fred went on to lead some of Iowa’s biggest businesses, employing thousands of Iowans – first, as Chairman of Younkers, an Iowa retail business with thousands of employees, and later as President of Equitable of Iowa, a life insurance company.

Fred Hubbell has a history of public service in Iowa. As Chairman of the Iowa Power Fund, he was tasked with investing state funds in the renewable energy sector, investments that helped spur Iowa’s growth into a leading producer of clean energy. Fred was also called upon to serve as interim director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, where he was brought in to clean up the film tax credit scandal which had been costing taxpayers millions. While interim director, he promoted economic growth in every corner of the state.

Fred was part of a small group of business leaders who raised $8 million to help eastern Iowa recover from the devastating floods of 2008. Both Fred and Charlotte have been long time supporters and volunteers with organizations such as United Way of Central Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Urban Dreams, Simpson College, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines Social Club, Iowa Environmental Council, and Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy.

Fred and Charlotte have three children and three grandchildren.

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