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Mike Jefferson | YPC Liaison

Young Professionals Connection Liaison Spotlight Mike J

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Name: Mike Jefferson

Hometown: Chicago, IL (in the city, not the suburbs)

Alma Mater: Grand View College

What do you do? Project Manager of Talent Development/Business Resources and Community Development


Q: What’s a day in your job like? 

A: Fun. Crazy. Ever-Changing.

Q: What are your passions outside of work?

A: When you’re not at work, what will we find you doing? Spending time with my 2 sons, Miles and Jax (and my wife Jill too), teaching myself how to produce music; working out at the gym.

Q: Where’s your favorite (something) in Greater Des Moines (DSM)? 

A: Having two small children doesn’t let me out much, but I do like the new Prairie Trail District for a quick night out on the town.

Q: What is something you would like to see added or changed about Des Moines? 

A: Being from Chicago, I would like to see a few more franchise restaurants (namely Giordano’s and Al’s Italian Beef) open locations here.

Q: What’s a piece of career advice that has served you well? 

A: Slow down to get there faster.

Q: What projects have you been involved with in YPC?

A: Video shoot with Lt. Gov Kim Reynolds in the short term, and definitely more to come!

Young Professionals Connection (YPC)

The Young Professionals Connection (YPC) promotes an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater Des Moines (DSM). YPC connects young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable and professional development endeavors. YPC members have unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally and forge lasting relationships. They engage, connect and form a foundation for their future in DSM. YPC is an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.