Rep. Axne Announces SOTU Guest, Executive Director of NAMI IOWA

February 4, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (IA-03) has invited Peggy Huppert, the Executive Director of The National Alliance on Mental Illness – Iowa, Inc (NAMI IOWA) to the 2019 State of the Union Address. Huppert has served as the Executive Director of NAMI IOWA since March, 2016.

“Among my top priorities in Congress include improving access to quality, affordable health care. That includes lowering the cost of prescription drugs and ensuring coverage for mental health services,” said Rep Axne. “That’s why I’m honored to bring Peggy Huppert, the Executive Director of NAMI IOWA, as my guest to the State of the Union Address. Peggy is dedicated to helping individuals with mental illness receive the care and treatment they need. I hope to hear President Trump discuss the importance of working in a bipartisan manner to improve access to health care for all Iowans.”

Peggy Huppert Bio:

Peggy Huppert has served as the Executive Director of NAMI Iowa since March 2016.

Peggy has a long history of service to nonprofits in central Iowa. She’s a Drake journalism graduate who started her professional life as a reporter and editor, then moved to the nonprofit world as a communications director. In addition to communications, she’s served as a development, government relations and executive director for such varied groups as the Chrysalis Foundation, the Iowa Hospice Organization, the Des Moines Playhouse and the American Cancer Society. She counts as her proudest professional achievements helping to raise $2.3 million to build the Kate Goldman Children’s Theater in Des Moines and passing the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.

Peggy has lived experience with mental illness over nearly 20 years through several close family members who have experienced addiction, hospitalization and incarceration as a result of their illness.  Thankfully they are all currently living in wellness and recovery.