Megan GrubbPlacemaking Fellow


Born and raised in Indianola, IA, Megan is an avid lover of all things Midwest (including sweet corn and Casey’s breakfast pizza). But that didn’t keep her from exploring the rest of the world at a young age. Today, she has visited over 20 countries and has aspirations to visit every country in the world during her lifetime.

Megan attended the University of Iowa where she studied International Studies with a focus on International Business and Spanish. Her interest in international and political affairs has led to her living, working, or studying in the countries of Uruguay, Spain, Colombia, and Brazil over the past six years. Because of her particular interest in the Latin American region, Megan speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Megan has held positions within the private, public, and government sectors, which include working for the State of Arkansas in Little Rock, AR, Harvesters food bank in Kansas City, MO, and the Greater Des Moines Partnership in Des Moines, IA. While completing her Masters in Public Service, Megan was brought on as Alchemy’s first student fellow and worked on a placemaking project in Cabot, AR. She conducted focus groups and interviews with local residents to gather the community’s input on project ideas and then analyzed that data to determine feasibility of the most popular projects. She continues to assist the team in grant research, data analysis, and program development.

In her free time, Megan enjoys reading non-fiction books and being active. Whether that includes playing tennis, going on long bike rides, or camping with friends, she loves to spend time outdoors and explore unique parts of the world.


Masters of Public Service University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

Bachelor of Arts International Studies, Spanish, Anthropology, University of Iowa


Boren Fellowship – 2019


International Affairs & Politics

Latin American Studies

International Business

Program Development & Evaluation