Naomi Hamlett, AICP, has over 25 years of experience in serving communities in both the public and private sector. Since 2016, she has been working for the City of Des Moines as an Economic Development Coordinator. Before that she worked as a planning consultant in the Detroit metro, and more recently at the City of West Des Moines as a city planner where she transitioned into economic development work. Hamlett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in History from the University of Iowa and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning degree from Michigan State University. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
Hamlett is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. She was active in the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association, and served as their first employee as a graduate student. She was a Board member of the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association for about 10 years as Awards Chair and Vice-President. She currently serves as the Vice President on the Board of the 6th Avenue Corridor Urban Neighborhood Main Street program in Des Moines, and spent 10 years on the Board of the Historic Valley Junction Foundation, West Des Moines’ Main Street program. She was on the Warren County Economic Development Corporation Board for 15 years, and served on the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s Regional Economic Development Board for two years.