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Natalie Gochnour

Natalie Gochnour
Chief Economist & Senior Advisor
Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business, Univ. of Utah
Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and chief economist and senior advisor to the Salt Lake Chamber. In these roles she enhances the relevance, reputation and relationships of the business school and University of Utah with business and community leaders throughout the state. She has the specific task of planning and implementing a new public policy initiative focused on serving Utah business and community leaders. The initiative will enhance the products and services shared by the David Eccles School of Business and the University of Utah with entities throughout the state. The Salt Lake Chamber is a founding sponsor of this new initiative.
Gochnour’s experience includes a diverse mix of public service and business acumen. For the past seven years she has guided the public policy work of the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest business association, representing 7,700 member businesses. As the executive vice president for policy and communication, Gochnour helped create and lead the Downtown Rising movement, helped pass a ballot initiative to secure funds for the expansion of Utah’s TRAX light rail and FrontRunner commuter rail service, co-led an effort to launch the Utah Health Exchange and assisted with the drafting and promotion of The Utah Compact. 
During Gochnour’s state service she advised Utah governors Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker, and served as the media spokesperson for the governor’s office during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. She also served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, serving as an associate administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a deputy to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2012, Gochnour was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for business from the YWCA Salt Lake City. She has also been honored by Wasatch Women magazine as the “Wasatch Women of the Year,” an honor bestowed to women in the community who elevate the stature of women and serve the community good. Gochnour serves on the Salt Lake City International Airport, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and Primary Children’s Medical Center boards and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Governor’s Economic Development Council. She is also the vice-chair of Envision Utah, one of the nation’s most successful quality growth partnerships.
Gochnour is a sought after public speaker with the unique ability to translate policy-speak into everyday language. A native Utahn, her professional focus and passion are public policies that promote civil society and a prosperous future for all Utahns. She shares her views in monthly columns in both Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News.
Gochnour has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in economics from the University of Utah. When she is not working, you can find her walking her yellow lab along the Jordan River Parkway, spending time with her two children, or up on the slopes skiing with her husband of 28 years.