David Kieft is the university business manager and director of University Real Estate, Planning & Development. He has served in the university business manager role since 2013 with responsibility across the university enterprise, including the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and the UI Research Park Direct. Kieft manages multiple senior-level business functions and responsibilities related to complex contractual and real estate issues. In 2018, the additional title of director of University Real Estate, Planning & Development was added to his portfolio when the campus planning group moved from Facilities Management to the business manager's office. The campus planning team is responsible for developing the university's all-encompassing and multi-layered long-term physical master plan.
In 2008, Kieft was asked by President Mason to come to the University of Iowa, and he arrived just as the Iowa River was overflowing its banks onto the UI campus. He played a crucial role in assisting in the dynamic flood recovery plan and used his experience in economic redevelopment and town and gown relations to help create a healthier and safer downtown environment for students with less excessive and dangerous drinking and conduct.
Kieft is also a founding member of the Iowa City Downtown District. This organization of property and businesses owners, the university, and the city works to keep downtown Iowa City an incredibly vibrant, diverse, welcoming, safe, and healthy destination for all.
Kieft studied international relations from a social justice perspective at Xavier University followed by graduate school in law at the University of Cincinnati.
When not working, Kieft and his partner Ricardo enjoy spending lots of time with their dogs Lola and Brie, working on their home and garden, traveling the world - including many trips to Ricardo's beloved Colombia, drinking amazing wine, and being with friends and family.