Natasha Shipp

Program Manager



Natasha joins the SPPG + Essman Research as a Program Manager. 


Natasha graduated Summa Cum Laude from Simpson College in May 2021 with a degree in Political Science and Applied Philosophy and a concentration in the honors program. She was honored as both the Outstanding Senior in Political Science and the Norman Thomas Outstanding Senior in Philosophy. A proud, lifelong Iowan, Natasha joins us from Oskaloosa, Iowa.


Policy has always been personal for Natasha. Growing up learning how to navigate the healthcare system for her mother and grandparents showed her just how many people need an advocate to uplift their voices and create real change. Natasha continued to cultivate her passion for public service while debating in high school, leading her to intern on her first political campaign as a junior high school in 2015 and 2016. While at Simpson, Natasha enjoyed several wonderful opportunities such as interning on two campaigns, attending a civic engagement conference at the Harvard Institute of Politics, and volunteering her time to several other organizations. Uplifting the voices of those less fortunate remains an important goal for Natasha.


Outside of work, Natasha enjoys continuing her education, now informally, through her work as the assistant editor for Janus Head, a journal of interdisciplinary studies in literature, continental philosophy, phenomenological psychology, and art. When not diving into the next philosophical text or problem that sparks her interest, Natasha enjoys reading and watching all things science fiction.


Natasha continuously appreciates SPPG + Essman Research’s ability to bring people to the table. Regardless of the issue, SPPG’s commitment to moving the needle is inspiring in a world seemingly full of stalemates and barriers.


More About Natasha

Moments I Cherish:
  • The quiet hum of a coffee shop

  • Mornings where my cat curls up on my chest to soak in a few more minutes of rest


Favorite Place in Iowa:
  • I am an avid fan of Smokey Row coffee. The Oskaloosa location is by far the best (no hometown bias here!)

A Few Things About Me:
  • I love live music; 80/35 is one of my favorite events in the DSM metro.

  • Whales are my favorite animal, but I am horribly afraid of deep water and the ocean in general.

  • As a child, I won several contests at our county fair for having the longest hair.


Best Gift I Ever Received
  • My paternal grandmother, Ruth, passed when I was 3, but one of the things I always remembered about her was that she was an incredible embroiderer. For my 22nd birthday, my maternal grandmother found a set of table cloths and napkins embroidered by my Grandma Ruth and gave them to me.

Movie Concession Choice
  • The largest bucket of popcorn available and a Diet Coke.