Paula Dierenfeld has been the Mayor of Johnston since 2008. Before becoming Mayor, she served eight years on the Johnston City Council. Paula serves on a wide variety of community boards and councils, including the Johnston Chamber of Commerce, Johnston Economic Development Corporation, Iowa Gold Star Military Museum Board, Metro Advisory Council, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Commission and the Bravo of Greater Des Moines Board of Directors.
Paula is an attorney and partner at the Nyemaster Goode law firm in downtown Des Moines. Practice areas include utility law, administrative law and legislative representation. Past employment includes Iowa Utilities Board Commissioner, legal counsel to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, research staff director in the Iowa General Assembly, and staff to U.S. Senator Charles Grassley.
Paula received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and her Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School. She lives in Johnston with her husband, Dave Roederer. She has three children and 13 grandchildren.