Senior Program Manager
Knowing a little bit about a lot of things can take you a long way in life. Being able to apply that knowledge at the right time and the right place is pretty helpful, too. With the resurgence of the popularity of trivia games, Britney Samuelson has hit her stride with her love of trivia – after all, she has won four cents in an online trivia game!
Parallel to the variety found in trivia, Britney has a longtime interest in public policy, having declared her intent as a first-grader in Newton to be the first female president of the United States. We will have to wait a few years to see how that comes out, but she has a good start at leadership. Britney’s mind never stops thinking, and she wears a permanent smile on her face. She also has a laser focus on issues that make a difference at the individual level.
Britney grew up as a typical small-town Iowa kid, doing what kids do: playing school and going on scavenger hunts with her grandparents. She has always been sensitive to the needs of others. She ended her nine-year dance career in 5thgrade when she accidentally kicked a girl in the face and broke her glasses. As she grew up a bit, she saw the impacts of economic struggles on her community with loss of major employers and many jobs – changes that had a lasting impact on her.
Later at Simpson College, she applied her varied life experiences not only in her education but in her role as a Fellow at the John C. Culver Public Policy Center and as President of her sorority. There she gelled her focus on ending inequality and social justice. Always seeking variety, her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Social Justice, Spanish, and Applied Philosophy. Hey, why stop with three majors when you can throw in a minor in Latin American Studies?
Britney is a bit put off by the polarization and meanness of politics, but she loves public policy nonetheless. Done well, good policy can offset the “necessary evil” of today’s politics. That makes her a perfect fit as a program manager with SPPG, where she can apply her passions for dignity and equity in her daily work and still has to know a little about a lot of things.