Manager of Public Affairs
Originally from small town Wisconsin, I am a proud Drake University alumna, where I graduated with honors, receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree in Law, Politics, & Society and English, and a politics minor. Amongst my capstone projects, I completed an Honors Thesis, where I conducted original research on youth restorative justice programs and the principle of dialogue in the Des Moines area. During my collegiate experience I had the opportunity to develop valuable professional and leadership skills while creating a strong network of mentors and connections in Iowa.
Prior to this position, I served as Government Relations Intern for Advocacy Strategies during the 2018 legislative session. During that time I gained insight into the political process and began forging relationships with legislators and clients. I also had the great opportunity during my college career to work for The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, a nonpartisan policy think tank, in a variety of roles including Undergraduate Public Policy Research Manager and Labor & Employment Special Projects Lead. During these roles I was able to focus on the policy areas that defined (Ret.) Senator Harkin’s career: labor and employment, people with disabilities, retirement security, and wellness and nutrition. The major project that I conducted original research on was the institute’s first major published educational material, an Americans with Disabilities Act booklet. I also oversaw student staff policy efforts, partnered with the Iowa Department of Human Services, and attended the 2017 Harkin International Disability Employment Summit.
Outside of my professional work experience, I have invested my time and energy into leadership roles and opportunities. While in college, I served two roles within my social sorority, Chief Executive Officer (President) and Chief Administrative Officer. This gave me experience with bylaws, finances, and administrative manners while working within my chapter, as well as partnering with Drake University administration. I had the opportunity to travel across the U.S. to attend international leadership conferences for this organization. In June of 2018, I attended the Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Conference, a politics focused, intensive leadership conference for women across the state obtaining higher education. During this conference participants further developed their leadership skills and networked with Iowa women involved in political campaigns, party politics, higher education, and nonprofits.
Outside of work I am involved in the Iowa State Historical Society, Kappa Alpha Theta Housing Corporation, and Young Professional Connection. When I’m not busy at work I enjoy trying local restaurants, reading, and spending time with my husband, family, and friends.