Theresa Greenfield grew up on a family farm, where she and her four siblings learned the value of hard
work and self-reliance. She believes that now, more than ever, Iowans need more leaders with a get-it-
done attitude that will help get things done for working families — from investing in education, to making
it easier for small businesses to thrive, to cutting healthcare costs.
Financial aid and multiple part-time jobs enabled Theresa to attend college, studying at Iowa Lakes
Community College and Iowa State University before ultimately graduating from Minnesota State
Theresa worked as an urban planner and then joined Rottlund Homes, where she rose quickly through
the ranks and soon moved to Des Moines to lead the company’s Iowa Division. Today, she serves as
President of Colby Interests, one of Des Moines’ oldest family-held real estate and development
One of Theresa’s top priorities is protecting access to affordable health care, Social Security, and other
benefits that help Americans make ends meet. Theresa is also a strong supporter of public education
and community colleges, including job training programs.
Theresa’s first husband, a union electrician, was killed on the job when she was only 24 years old;
leaving her with a toddler and another child on the way. Theresa lives with her second husband Steve in
Des Moines and together they have four grown children.