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Britney Appelgate

Senior Program Manager

Britney Appelgate joined the SPPG in 2018 and is a Senior Program Manager. 


Britney is proud to call Central Iowa home, growing up in Newton then attending Simpson College in Indianola. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in social justice, Spanish, and applied philosophy with a minor in Latin American studies. Britney has previously worked as a freelance policy researcher for United Way of Central Iowa, served as the executive assistant to Senator Tom Harkin (retired) at The Harkin Institute at Drake University, and held an internship at the Greater Des Moines Partnership to support the public policy team and the Capital Crossroads vision plan.


Her experiences came full circle when granted the opportunity to lead the work she began her career with, now serving as the Director of Capital Crossroads while remaining supported by the SPPG team. Britney’s inter-disciplinary approach is an asset as she works closely with community and business leaders and volunteers to guide the region forward.


Britney is a member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s 2021-22 Community Leadership Program. Britney is also the secretary of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Radio Reading Information Service, a nonprofit that reads print information aloud to over 11,000 print-disabled listeners throughout Iowa.


Britney appreciates SPPG’s ability to identify perspectives that are missing from decision-making tables, seek out those important voices, and amplify their stories whenever possible. It is meaningful to be a trusted conduit for civic engagement and empowerment. 

More About Britney

Dream vacation:
  • I’d love to visit Cuba and experience the history and culture.

Favorite place in Iowa:
  • The courthouse in Newton when it is decorated with lights for the holidays. 

When I was 6, I wanted to be:
  • The first female president of the United States