Swanson of Galt, IA is the immediate past president of Women Graduates-USA, an affiliate of the International Federation of University Women. She currently serves on the national AAUW Legacy Circle Committee and the national AAUW Regulatory Governance Task Force and branch president in Clarion, IA. She is also a current board member of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund in New York City and convener of the Development and Communication Committee. She is also on the national board of Thank A Farmer in Las Vegas. Swanson worked at Iowa State University as the Executive Director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation for 19 years. She is the president of Swanson & Associates, focused on consulting work in fund raising, board development and program evaluations.