Teri Goodmann  
City Manager's Office
Title: Assistant City Manager
Phone: 563.589.4110


Teri Hawks Goodmann was appointed Assistant City Manager in February 2007. In this position she focuses on intergovernmental relations, strategic partnerships, and private and public grant funding. She is the City’s legislative liaison working with city, county, state and federal elected and appointed government officials maintaining effective working relationships and alliances.

Prior to joining the City of Dubuque, Teri led the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium’s national development efforts, including the management of government relations and strategic partnerships, fund development, national outreach and education as the Director of National Advancement for the NMRMA and National Rivers Hall of Fame. In this capacity, she was the lead campaign coordinator for the nationally recognized and highly successful America's River project, the $188 million phase one riverfront redevelopment initiative in Dubuque, Iowa which opened in 2003. In addition, she was responsible for launching and managing the museum’s national education and outreach program RiverWorks Discovery featuring the conservation, commerce and culture of the rivers of America.

Prior to her employment with the Dubuque County Historical Society/National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, she worked for sixteen years as a political campaign manager and consultant, managing campaigns for city, county, state legislative, congressional and presidential campaigns. In addition, she taught French and Spanish to elementary students at area schools.

Teri serves as a trustee of Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa and for the National Waterways Foundation. Teri is a founding member of America’s Watershed Initiative and serves on the AWI Steering Committee. She is a member of the Dubuque County Magistrate Appointing Committee.

Teri was appointed by the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator to serve on the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) advising the Commission for Environmental Cooperation as defined in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Teri is also a board member of the John C. Culver Public Policy Center at Simpson College.

Past gubernatorial appointments:
Vertical Infrastructure Advisory Committee – Governor Vilsack
State Historical Society of Iowa – Governor Vilsack
State of Iowa Smart Growth Planning Task Force - Governor Chet Culver.
Commercial Property Tax Reform Task Force - Governor Chet Culver.

Current gubernatorial appointments: Mississippi River Partnership Council – Governor Branstad
Norman Borlaug Congressional Statue Committee by Governor Branstad

Teri is past chair of the Dubuque Regional Airport Commission and has served on the boards of Hillcrest Family Service, the Friends of the Mines of Spain and the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Teri was a Girl Scout leader for many years.

Teri and her husband John have four children - Emily, Ellen (Tom) Miller, Edward, and Elise and granddaughters Violet and Freya. 

Return to Staff Directory