About us

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance and its work to improve access to high quality out-of-school time programming is supported by passionate staff, a dedicated leadership team, and generous partners.


The Iowa Afterschool Alliance is staffed by SPPG, a private, mission-driven consulting company based out of West Des Moines, Iowa. Find out more about SPPG at www.sppg.com.

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Network Lead

Hannah is the Network Lead of the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and joined the team in 2022.  Hannah graduated from Augsburg University in Minneapolis with her bachelor’s in Social Work and The University of Iowa College of Law with her Master of the Study of Law.  Hannah is committed to expanding access to before school, after school, and summer programming for all Iowans by raising awareness, advocating for additional funding, and providing tools for high quality programs to OST sites. 

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Senior Program Manager

Heidi Brown is an Iowa native, graduating from Urbandale high school and the University of Iowa. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Morningside College. As a graduate, Heidi spent two years as a substitute teacher in the Des Moines metro before moving on to work in out-of-school time education for the YMCA, the Science Center of Iowa, and most recently Des Moines Public Schools. She joins the Iowa Afterschool Alliance after 16 years with Des Moines Public Schools, coordinating out-of-school time programs and community schools. Heidi enjoys reading, rock 'n' roll, and operates a small pottery business (Good Moon Pottery) in her free time.  


Communications Coordinator

Hannah is the Communications Coordinator of the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and joined the team in 2022. She has a B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies and Studio Art from Earlham College. Hannah is passionate about improving the accessibility of before school, after school, and summer programs across the state to empower youth to be successful future leaders in their community.  

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Come join our dynamic team!

Program Coordinator - Education Focus

We are looking for a Program Coordinator - Education Focus to work with the Iowa Afterschool Alliance and SPPG. A qualified candidate will have at least two years of experience in education and strong administration skills. See the link below for a full job description. Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to Heidi Brown at hbrown@sppg.com.