Judge Kimberly Ayotte was appointed to the bench in February 2019. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in 1993 and her J.D. from the University of Iowa in 1996 with Distinction. Prior to her appointment, she worked as a staff attorney for 23 at the Youth Law Center. She is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, National Association of Counsel for Children, and Child Welfare Law Specialist.