Let's DU Lunch Fall 2019

Drake University and the Greater Des Moines Partnership invite you to the 21st season of Let’s DU Lunch—A professional speaker series offering you food for thought with Des Moines' dreamers and doers.

Full Speaker Bios

Tanner Krause

Tanner KrauseTanner Krause is the President of Kum & Go, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the fourth generation to lead in the family-owned business. As President, Tanner oversees the marketing, operations and human resources functions. Together, these teams provide support to more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores across 11 states.

Tanner’s work experience with Kum & Go dates back more than twenty years, when he began working part-time in stores. With nearly ten years of store experience, plus four different internships with Kum & Go, he became a District Supervisor in the Des Moines, Iowa area in 2013. Following completion of his MBA, he became Kum & Go’s Director of Operations in 2016. In January 2017, Tanner became the Senior Vice President of Grow People, leading all of the human resources functions of the business and in June 2018, Tanner was named President of Kum & Go.

Tanner received two Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration—Finance and Economics—from Loyola University in Chicago in 2010. Additionally, Tanner is a member of the most successful graduating class in Loyola Ramblers Men’s Soccer history. In 2016, he graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration from DePaul University, concentrating in Business Strategy.

Living in Des Moines, IA with his wife, Hannah, the two share a passion for community betterment. Tanner is a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa. Hannah is a board member of the Food Bank of Iowa. They recently welcomed their first child, a daughter, to the family.


Rachel Paine Caufield

Rachel Paine CaufieldProfessor Rachel Paine Caufield earned her Ph.D. at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., specializing in American politics and political science methodology, and a bachelor’s of arts at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, majoring in Political Science and Mathematics. She joined the Department of Political Science at Drake in 2001, and teaches courses on American politics, with special attention to political institutions. She is also the director of the Iowa Caucus Project, which tells the stories of the people and places that define Iowa politics and the first in the nation Iowa caucuses.

Prior to joining the Drake faculty, she was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., studying the relationship between the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court. During her tenure at Drake, she spent 10 years as a Research Fellow with The American Judicature Society from 2003-2013, where she conducted research on state judicial selection methods, trends in judicial elections, and the rules and procedures governing state merit selection systems.

In 2016, Rachel published The Iowa Caucus with Arcadia Press. For the past two presidential campaign cycles, she has organized efforts to get students involved in the caucuses, has coordinated candidate visits to campus, and led the campus effort to host national presidential debates and forums with ABC, CBS, CNN, and Fusion TV.

Rachel served as the Associate Director for Citizen Engagement at The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement for three years, working to bring students and the community together to create a more vigorous and meaningful public dialogue.

Frequently spotted at campaign events across Iowa, Rachel (or “RPC”) leads a January-term travel seminar to Washington, D.C. to attend the presidential inauguration or the opening of a new session of Congress (she also led a travel seminar to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver).

In addition to her research and teaching in American Politics and political institutions, Rachel also teaches Methods in Politics, and the Senior Seminar in Politics. She has developed an FYS titled American Politics on Screen and teaches an Honors seminar on Modern Political Satire.


Scott Raecker

Scott RaeckerScott Raecker serves as Executive Director of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University – a position he has held since the work of the center was founded by former Governor Robert D. Ray in 1997.

The Ray Center has a mission to improve civility through character development and ethical leadership. From the preschool environment to the corporate boardroom, The Ray Center works to transform lives and strengthen communities by equipping individuals and communities to embrace and practice good character resulting in a positive environment of civility and principled decision-making.

Scott’s commitment to positively impact the lives of others was also reflected in his 14 years of public service as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 1999 through 2012. In the legislature, Scott served in numerous leadership roles including chair of the House Appropriations Committee, chair of the Ethics Committee, and chair of the Midwest Council of Government’s Legislative Leadership Institute.

Scot is also involved in numerous civic volunteer efforts. Scott serves as a board member of the Native Fund, Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, Drake University School of Education National Advisory Board, Board Member Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folk Life and Cultural Studies, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Advisory Board, Drake Bulldog Club Board and the Shining City Foundation. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines AM, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and Urbandale Chambers of Commerce.

Scott is a graduate of Grinnell College where he received his B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies. He and his wife, Martha, live in Urbandale and have two adult children, Emily and Max.

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