Emily Mendez of Proteus, Inc. named to Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40

Proteus Inc. is thrilled to announce that Emily Mendez, Director of Development, has been named to the Des Moines Business Record’s prestigious Forty Under 40 Class of 2024. This program honors exceptional young professionals who are making a difference in the Des Moines area through leadership, innovation, and community engagement.

A Driving Force for Positive Change

Mendez, 36, has demonstrably led the way at Proteus. As the inaugural Director of Development, she spearheaded a return to in-person fundraising events, achieving a record-breaking $87,000 at the I’m Thankful for Farmworkers Dinner. Moreover, she played a key role in launching fundraising campaigns for three new programs, including a commendable collaboration with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Capital City Fruit that provides fresh produce to farmworkers with limited access to healthy food.

Mendez’s dedication extends beyond Proteus. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Dental Connections, a Des Moines non-profit dedicated to equitable access to oral healthcare. She currently serves on the board of the Iowa Rural Health Association and is the Membership Chair of the Latino Trade Network Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the West Des Moines Chamber and the Rise Breakfast Club, a local women’s group fostering leadership and mentorship.

“We are incredibly proud of Emily’s dedication to farmworkers and our community,” said Dr. Daniel Zinnel, Proteus Inc. CEO. “This well-deserved recognition underscores her remarkable contributions, and we look forward to her continued success.”

The Celebration Continues

The Forty Under 40 Class of 2024 will be officially honored at a special event on March 28th at Prairie Meadows Casino in Altoona, IA. For more information about the honorees and to reserve tickets, visit businessrecord40.com.

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