IAAO U40 Leadership Lab

For assessment, appraisal, and valuation professionals under forty, the U40 Leadership Lab exists to prompt younger involvement in the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).

Our Motto is Fun People, Fair Values, Fast Changes (Fun, Fair, Fast) and our Mission Statement is Young professionals cultivating innovation, embracing change and contributing to the conversation.

2021 Innovation Grants

The IAAO U40 Leadership Lab knows it’s tough to pay to attend IAAO meetings when you’re not part of the office management team. We also recognize that the office hierarchy doesn’t have a monopoly on creative and innovative problem solving. And we have created a solution to honor and reward young professionals for their problem-solving prowess.

The IAAO Board has generously funded the U40 Leadership Lab Innovation Grants to send to the Annual Conference under-40 members who have implemented a creative idea and have had a tangible and positive impact on the processes or procedures in their jurisdiction. 

The grant provides financial aid to those who would not typically be able to attend the conference and the winners will then present their improvement at the conference in Chicago. Applicants not selected, or who are selected but not asked to present, agree based on their application, that their improvement may still be shared.

Grant Application form is available to download. The submission deadline for applications to be received by IAAO by post or electronic mail (scholarships@iaao.org) is July 1.

Grant criteria

• Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
• Submit a two- or three-page paper explaining the contribution/innovation.

For more information on U40


Tracy DeJong
Deputy Assessor
Jasper County
(641) 792-6195
Ryan DeLeon
Assessor Compliance Analyst
Adams County Assessor's Office

Travis Horne
Director, Property Tax Complex
(306) 517-6511

Jake Parkinson
Chief Deputy Assessor
Tooele County Assessor’s Office
(435) 843-3104

Amy Vermillion
Poweshiek County
(641) 623-5445

U40 and IAAO Executive Board & Staff at 2016 Spring Leadership Days.