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Julie Yankey

Director of Research and Strategy

Julie Yankey joined SPPG as a Director of Research and Strategy in 2022.

Julie is an Iowa native, growing up in Dubuque, IA. She attended the University of Northern Iowa studying Public Relations and Marketing. While at UNI, her love for international travel ignited, leading her to study and work abroad in 15 different countries. Following graduation, she spent two years working in southern California, eventually moving back to central Iowa to pursue her graduate studies. She earned her Master’s in Education Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University.

For 20 years, Julie’s professional experience has spanned diverse sectors including corporate, education, healthcare, and independent consulting. Julie’s ease in building positive working relationships has been evident throughout her career. She spent ten years at Iowa State University, specializing in international project management and research. Her love for research and building strategic partnerships then led her to Drake University. She spent five years as a Research Specialist and Director of Partnerships. Most recently, she served as an Executive Director at Vitality Healthcare, leading the organization’s business development and research strategy. 


In addition to research, Julie is passionate about advancing inclusion through her diversity and intercultural work. She served as adjunct faculty at Drake University for five years teaching Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is actively involved in Capital Crossroad’s DSM USA 4 Equity Collective.

Julie appreciates SPPG’s innovative approach to solving problems. She loves being part of a team who brings diverse perspectives to the table to unite on causes important to the community. 

More About Julie 

Moments I Cherish: 
  • All things outdoors with my family - biking, hiking, skiing, boating 

  • Inspiring conversations about life with my 11 year old son

Dream Vacation
  • New Zealand & Bora Bora

Favorite Place in Iowa: 
  • Summers in Clear Lake

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