Amy Bentley

The Harkin Institute

Amy Bentley
Policy Director

Amy Bentley serves as the Policy Director for The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement. In this role she oversees and engages on all public policy in which the Institute engages. This includes direct management of all research areas, the policy team, policy-related events, and research fellows. Amy leads The Harkin Institute in engaging in four primary policy areas: people with disabilities, labor and employment, retirement security, and wellness and nutrition. Immediately prior to joining the Institute she worked as an executive officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources focusing on water quality issues. She has also worked in various roles in the non-profit sector and on political campaigns.  Amy holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in law, politics, and society from Drake University.