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The Next Generation of Leadership for Urbandale 

Matt Blake, 31, is a husband, attorney, Captain in the Iowa Army National Guard and a community volunteer.

A South Dakota native, Matt moved to Des Moines to attend law school at Drake University Law School.

Matt works in government relations for LeadingAge Iowa of Urbandale, where he advocates for older Iowans and aging services providers throughout the state. His wife Alaina is an optometrist with an office in Waukee. They share their Urbandale home with dogs Gus and Henry.

Matt joined the Iowa Army National Guard after graduating from law school. He serves his state as a Judge Advocate (JAG Officer) for Trial Defense Services based at Camp Dodge in Johnston. Matt advises and defends soldiers with legal issues.

Matt volunteers as President of the Urbandale Fourth of July Celebration. His committee works all year to make sure Urbandale’s largest celebration is an event enjoyed by the entire community.

Matt also serves on the Urbandale Civil Rights Commission and is on the board of directors for Young Variety – the Children’s Charity. The Des Moines Business Record recently named Matt one of its “2019 Forty Under 40.”

Matt and Alaina enjoy cycling and spending time with family and friends.  And chasing after Henry and Gus.

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