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Senior Counsel

Kay K. Runge

Kay K. Runge, MLS

Senior Counsel

Kay K. Runge is a Senior Counsel member of The Hodge Group team. She is a library building and funding consultant and an experienced professional public library administrator. She served as director of the Des Moines (IA) Public Library, Davenport (IA) Public Library and the Scott County Library System (IA). Her extensive experience in planning library facilities include the $33 million new Central library building in Des Moines, $6 million renovation/additions for 4 branch libraries in Des Moines and $1 million renovation of a Special Collections/Genealogy Department at the Main Library and the design of a Branch Library in Davenport.


Kay served as President of the Public Library Association. Kay has been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at the University of Iowa Library School and has chaired the University's Library School Advisory Board. Her community work has included: Wells Fargo Bank Board, Rotary Clubs of Des Moines and Davenport, Des Moines and Davenport Public Library Foundation Boards, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and Leadership Iowa, Downtown Development Corporation Boards of Des Moines and Davenport.

Other involvement includes: Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors and Alumni Board. She has also served on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Kay has also served as an elected councilor to the American Library Association and was awarded the Iowa Library Association Member of the Year Award and was named to the ALA National Advocacy Honor Roll. Her expertise is in library buildings, management and funding for libraries.

Kay has a B.S. from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, in History Education and a Masters of Library Science form the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.