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.

28 members


Jade Vuong

Joined 4 Feb 2020


Ting Tommee

Joined 18 Nov 2021

Derek Danielson

Joined 21 Dec 2017

Alice Dembinski

Joined 5 Aug 2019

Alex Freeman

Joined 26 Jun 2019

Jahzel Fristo

Joined 4 Feb 2020

Courtney Gordon

Joined 23 Nov 2017

Josh Hellyer

Joined 18 Mar 2016

Matt Kilworth

Joined 4 Feb 2020

Nick Laning

Joined 13 Jun 2019

Karter Smith

Joined 25 Nov 2019

Madeline VanderLinden

Joined 23 Oct 2019

Haley Wireman Sobba

Joined 22 Feb 2018

Carter Yerkes

Joined 20 Mar 2019

Kasra Zarei

Joined 8 Jun 2020

Anthony Zlaket

Joined 24 Feb 2020

Ash Bruxvoort

Joined 18 Mar 2016


Joined 6 Aug 2019

Jessica Campbell

Joined 18 Feb 2020

Lauren Goetze

Joined 1 Dec 2021

Chelsea Krist

Joined 23 Jun 2016

Joely Lomas

Joined 25 Feb 2020

Katie Maki

Joined 10 Apr 2017

Efrain Rodriguez Ocasio

Joined 29 Nov 2021

Amir Suljic

Joined 18 Aug 2017

Dhrooti Vyas

Joined 25 Jan 2017

Megan Winge

Joined 27 Jul 2022

Founding Curator

Bethany Wilcoxon

Joined 28 May 2015

Interested in joining? Apply today to join our hub.