Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
~ Nick AbouAssaly ~
Nick AbouAssaly was born in Beirut and immigrated to the US in 1975. He graduated from Linn-Mar High School and earned degrees in finance and in law from the University of Iowa. He worked as an attorney for Exxon Corporation, but was drawn back to eastern Iowa by the desire to be near family and the opportunity to live in a community where he could make a greater impact.
He served on the Marion City Council for 2 ½ years before his election to the office of Mayor in November 2015. He began his second term in January 2020, having received 70% of the vote.
Mayor Nick is a partner with Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, where he heads the real estate law department. He is included on the Best Lawyers in America® and Great Plains Super Lawyers lists and was the Best Lawyers – Lawyer of the Year for real estate law in Cedar Rapids in 2020 and 2021.
He is a champion for progress in Marion and the region. When the Marion library embarked on a significant capital campaign, Mayor Nick stepped forward to help, setting a personal fundraising goal of $100,000. He surpassed his goal, raising an impressive $460,000 in gifts and pledges. He has also successfully fundraised for the Marion YMCA, Marion Central Plaza, Uptown Marion District, the Intercultural Festival of Linn County, and St. George Orthodox Church.
Mayor Nick has served on numerous boards, commissions, steering committees and volunteer roles. Including Rotary, Linn Mar School Foundation, Junior Achievement, The History Center, St. George Orthodox Church, LGBTQ+ youth program, Intercultural Festival of Linn County, and Mayor’s Youth Council. For the city of Marion, he has served on the Public Art Master Plan Steering Committee, Lowe Park Amphitheater project, Marion Cultural & Entertainment District Steering Committee and was a founding member of Uptown Marion.
He was an inaugural recipient of the CBJ’s Forty under 40 award and has been on the CJB’s list of most influential people in the Corridor for seven consecutive years, topping the list in 2018 and again in 2020. In 2019 he received the National Council on Youth Leadership’s Visionary Youth Leadership Award. Most recently, he was named the inaugural Mayor of the Year for cities of more than 2,000 in population by the Iowa Mayors Association.