Professional

Matt Moklestad is a Lead Advisor at Foster Group and is passionate about helping nonprofit organizations make wise investment decisions that align with its mission. He also serves on Foster Group’s Investment Committee and in the Investment Strategy Group. Before joining Foster Group, Matt spent six years at Principal Financial Group and started in investment operations. He finished his time there as an Internal Regional Consultant for Principal Global Investors where he worked with financial advisors to help them meet their clients’ investment goals.

Matt completed his MBA in 2014, at Drake University, became a Certified Financial Planner™ in 2017, and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® in 2018. He is currently enrolled in the coursework to become a Certified Investment Management Analyst®. Before attending Drake, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management at Grand View University.

Personal

Growing up in Des Moines, I have been fortunate to have built many lasting friendships over the years. I got to know my best friend and wife, Tracy, while in college. We got married in 2012, and now have three boys, Sawyer, Everett, and Levi. I love being a dad!

Here are some other facts about me:                            

  • Financial planning and investments are truly a passion of mine, so I like to keep up on both in my free time.
  • I’m passionate about music. Primarily, I play electric guitar and most often play at my local church.
  • I love a cup of coffee and a good book.
  • My teams are the Iowa State Cyclones and the Green Bay Packers.
  • I like being outdoors on my family’s small acreage just outside of town.

With family, kids, work, and other activities, life can often feel very full. I continue to see the benefit of revisiting what I truly value and making sure my time, thoughts, and resources are aligned with those things.

Education

B.A. Business Administration: Marketing & Management, Grand View University (Des Moines, Iowa)
M.B.A. Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa)

Community Involvement

Mid-Iowa Planned Giving Council, Treasurer