Founder & Executive Director
Bob Anderson is the founder of IRIS, Inc. and a former Iowa Lieutenant Governor, legislator, and high school journalism teacher. He was a founding board member and first executive director of the Iowa Peace Institute. He has managed numerous U.S. State Department and United States Information Agency programs in countries around the world. For more than 25 years, he directed nonprofit organizations devoted to international understanding. Bob is the President Emeritus of the IRIS Board of Directors.
Del Christensen is the Executive Director of IRIS, Inc. He has been involved with IRIS programs since 2002, serving as Executive Director since 2006. During that time, he has coordinated more than 90 programs involving groups from Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. He has led groups to Armenia, Georgia, Nigeria and Tanzania. He was involved in the establishment of the IRIS component of the Youth Exchange and Study program. He has traveled to countries on the African continent more than 60 times to develop and coordinate other Africa-based programs for IRIS and other organizations. He served as the lead IRIS staff person working with Iowa State University and the University of Juba to develop a peace education curriculum program in Southern Sudan.
Prior to his Executive Director role with IRIS, Del worked as an independent consultant for environmental and humanitarian nonprofit organizations. He was involved in the development, review, and/or pilot testing of more than 10 different educational curricula. In addition, he has helped to develop and implement Rotary International-sponsored programs in Nigeria and Tanzania. Del has also been involved with Iowa Sister State Committee activities with Yamanashi, Japan; Terengganu, Malaysia; and Kosovo.