Zachary Mannheimer

After a road-trip from NYC to 22 cities around the country, Zachary chose and settled in Des Moines in fall 2007 to found the Des Moines Social Club, an arts and educational non-profit. Focused on the retention and recruitment of young people, DMSC uses the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement. Since opening its doors in 2009, DMSC has hosted over 1000 arts related events and seen over 1,000,000 patrons. Founding the non-profit from scratch, Zachary has raised over $14,000,000 in his short time in Des Moines towards the downtown project, where he serves as Executive Director. Zachary has taught and/or lectured at Central College and Wagner College and has articles and essays published in: The New York Theater Review and American Theater Magazine, and his theatrical work and DMSC has been featured in Time Magazine, USA Today, The Village Voice, The New York Times, The National Journal and The Des Moines Register.

Zachary has directed and/or produced over 25 pieces of professional theater and outdoor festivals. He was recently awarded the 2011 Des Moines Citizen of the Year Award, 40 under 40 in Des Moines’ Business Record, 40 under 40 for the national New Leaders Council, The Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award, and the DSM Young Professional of the Year Award in 2009. Zachary serves on the board of Above & Beyond Cancer and Impact Missions. In addition to his non-profit work, Zachary co-owns and operates Proof Restaurant, a Mediterranean lunch and dinner spot in downtown's Gateway District and Powered by Fries Belgian Fry food truck, which runs entirely on the oil it cooks in. He holds a dual BA in Theater Arts and Philosophy from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and shares his home with his loving wife Sarah, daughters Mira and Fiona and son Benjamin.