A fifth-generation Iowan and lifelong progressive, Fred Hubbell has spent his life investing in Iowa and working to better his community by putting his time and resources behind expanding access to health care, improving mental health services, and increasing access to higher education opportunities — all while raising a family and running successful businesses.
A proven leader who knows how to balance a budget, Fred holds vast experience in both the public and private sector. He successfully ran several large companies including Younkers in the 1980s during the farm crisis, and Equitable of Iowa. Fred was twice called to public service. First, in 2007 to lead the Iowa Power Fund, helping Iowa invest and become a leader in renewable energy. Then, in 2009, to help lead the Iowa Department of Economic Development and clean up the disastrous film tax credit scandal.
Throughout his career, Fred has been a tireless progressive. Alongside his wife, Charlotte, the Hubbell’s stepped up to help address the mental health crisis by supporting Broadlawns Medical Center in increasing mental health beds by 50 percent and adding two new psychiatrists after the state slashed mental health funding. For over thirty years, Fred has worked to increase access to quality, affordable health care for every Iowan through his work with Planned Parenthood, and serving as chair of the Mid-Iowa organization in 1984, as well as on the board of Mercy Medical Center. Fred has served on the Iowa College Foundation Board, the Simpson College Board, and personally sponsors numerous scholarships to expand higher education opportunities to more Iowans.
Additionally, following the 2008 flood in Eastern Iowa, Hubbell helped lead a disaster relief campaign, The Embrace Iowa – 2008 Iowa Disaster Fund, donating $2 million for local organizations aiding flood victims.
He currently resides in Des Moines, with his wife Charlotte, and has three children and three grandchildren.