Meet the Kiwanis International executive director

Stan D. Soderstrom
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Soderstrom, Stan

Stan D. Soderstrom is the executive director for Kiwanis International, a worldwide service organization in more than 80 nations, and the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. His background includes global and community-based work in the public and private sectors. 

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Stan earned his undergraduate degree at Texas Tech University with graduate studies at the University of Texas. He started his career at Sun Oil Company, and moved into consulting on energy and corporate/association management projects.

In 1992, Stan joined the Dallas Cowboys marketing team. He helped develop and launch a major retail enterprise, which coincided with the team’s 1990s Super Bowl championship runs.

A shift to the not-for-profit world came in 1997, when Stan joined the staff of Kiwanis International. He has held several positions within the organization and is also an active club member, giving him a unique, guiding perspective. He operates with a belief: "True leaders don't create followers...they create more leaders...no matter the age." 

One of Stan’s priorities is to develop fresher, more personalized models to attract and shape the next generation of Kiwanians. Stan served as chief impact officer, which focused on the worldwide growth and development of the Kiwanis’ youth and adult leadership programs. He led development of new membership-based service clubs for people who live with disabilities, and has been responsible for strategic planning and board governance for Kiwanis International and its two youth organizations, Key Club International and Circle K International. 

Stan serves as board member for the Iodine Global Network, chairman of the board of the Heartland Film Festival, member for the U.S. Army’s SAY (Strengthening America’s Youth) advisory committee, and elder at Zionsville Presbyterian Church. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys gardening, home remodeling, cooking and dining. 

Stan and his wife, Misty, reside in Indianapolis and have two children; a daughter who is a theme park design artist/cosplay fashionista, and a son who is a U.S. Marine.