North America ● USA

Des Moines Hub

Des Moines is a rapidly growing city in the heart of the Midwest, out pacing Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and other nearby cities in population growth. Des Moines has consistently lead the nation in rankings as one of the best cities to live in, best cities for business, most popular city for millennial home buyers, and more.

Des Moines not only captures the country’s attention with its first-in-the-nation caucus, it also boasts a thriving international community, hosting a foreign consulate; the World Food Prize; and renowned art, food, and music festivals. The vibrant community of Des Moines makes it a perfect home for our active hub of Global Shapers.

The Des Moines Hub brings together young leaders from across the metro to work through some of the region’s most pressing issues, including the urban-rural divide, social justice, and climate change. We partner with community partners to make a local impact on these global issues and connect our little piece of flyover country to cities across the world.

26 members


Carter Yerkes

Joined 15 Jun 2020


Alice Dembinski

Joined 5 Aug 2019

Impact Officer

Karter Smith

Joined 25 Nov 2019

Tate Clemen

Joined 13 Aug 2020

Derek Danielson

Joined 20 Dec 2017

Alex Freeman

Joined 26 Jun 2019

Jahzel Fristo

Joined 4 Feb 2020

Courtney Gordon

Joined 2 Jul 2020

Josh Hellyer

Joined 18 Mar 2016

Matt Kilworth

Joined 4 Feb 2020

Nick Laning

Joined 14 Jun 2019

Lindsey Grace Mabe

Joined 23 Feb 2017

Madeline VanderLinden

Joined 23 Oct 2019

Jade Vuong

Joined 4 Feb 2020

Haley Wireman Sobba

Joined 21 Feb 2018

Kasra Zarei

Joined 8 Jun 2020

Jessica Boertje

Joined 23 Oct 2019

Ash Bruxvoort

Joined 18 Mar 2016


Joined 6 Aug 2019

Jessica Campbell

Joined 18 Feb 2020

Chelsea Krist

Joined 23 Jun 2016

Joely Lomas

Joined 25 Feb 2020

Katie Maki

Joined 9 Apr 2017

Amir Suljic

Joined 17 Aug 2017

Dhrooti Vyas

Joined 25 Jan 2017

Founding Curator

Bethany Wilcoxon

Joined 28 May 2015

Interested in joining? Apply today to join our hub.