Manager of Public Affairs
I am so pleased to be working at Advocacy Strategies as the organization’s Manager of Public Affairs! Coming from a varied professional background in economic development, local government and healthcare policy, I bring a unique perspective to this position and look forward to being an effective advocate for our clients.
Before joining Advocacy Strategies I was the Economic Development Coordinator for multiple counties in west-central Iowa, providing support for retaining and growing existing business, maintaining a competitive position for new development, improving workforce readiness, and aiding small business and entrepreneurship. Prior to that, I performed similar tasks at the Community and Economic Development Department for the City of West Des Moines. Both roles required a collaborative approach to identify business’s needs and develop solutions. While my tasks were analytical, they also required me to develop relationships with stakeholders, interview business leaders and provide in-person follow up. I’m excited to bring these experiences and knowledge to bear for our clients at Advocacy Strategies.
I found my passion for policy while working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at the University of Northern Iowa. After my time at UNI, I went on to study in the Political Science Master’s program at Iowa State University with a concentration in Public Policy. While at Iowa State, I accepted an assistantship with Liberal Arts & Sciences Career Services leading and planning student events. I then took my passion and education for policy to an internship with Iowa Department of Public Health working on legislative issues at the state level. In that position, I helped craft the department’s legislative agenda and implemented legislation through the administrative rules process. I also learned about the department’s budget as I developed budget presentations for legislators. Most importantly, though, I developed a penchant for the legislative process and knew I’d like to be a part of it.
Born and raised in Des Moines, I am excited to be able to support our clients while making their policy priorities a reality. I live in Clive and I enjoy spending any of my free time with family, friends, and my dog, Lucy!