ABOUT THE SUMMIT

The Salt Lake Chamber and Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute’s Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit on January 13, 2022 at the Grand America Hotel is the state’s premier economic forecasting and public policy event that is attended by policy and academic thought leaders from across the state.

The Summit presents an unrivaled opportunity for attendees, virtually and in-person, to gain insights on the future of Utah’s economy and the business community’s policy priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

While Utah is experiencing many of the same challenges as the rest of the country and the world, Utah’s leaders are focused on both our short-term recovery and our long-term growth and strength. This year’s Summit will focus on Utah’s current economic state and the ways in which the political landscape will help shape the economic future of the state and country.

2022 Utah Economic Outlook & Public Policy Summit
Thursday, January 13, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Grand America Hotel
555 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

General Pricing: Members $80 | Non-Members $100

REGISTER HERE

AGENDA

8:30 – 9:00 AM
REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

9:00 – 9:05 AM
WELCOME
Amanda Covington, Public Policy Co-Chair, Salt Lake Chamber and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

9:05 – 9:30 AM
ECONOMIC REPORT & PRESENTATION
Phil Dean, Public Finance Senior Research Fellow, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah

9:30 – 9:45 AM
GOVERNOR ECONOMIC COMMENTARY
Governor Spencer J. Cox
9:45 – 10:00 AM
SALT LAKE CHAMBER LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES
Derek Miller, President & CEO, Salt Lake Chamber

10:00 – 11:00 AM
LEGISLATIVE PANEL: HOT TOPICS MOVING INTO THE SESSION

Moderator:

  • Maura Carabello, Owner, The Exoro Group

Panelists:

  • President Stuart Adams
  • Speaker Brad Wilson
  • House Majority Leader Mike Schultz
  • Senator Ann Milner
  • Senator Jerry Stevenson
  • Gary Hoogeveen, President & CEO, Rocky Mountain Power
  • Dr. Donna Milavetz, Regional Vice President, Steward Health Care
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
KEYNOTE FIRESIDE CHAT

Keynote:

  • Mary C. Daly, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Moderator:

  • Natalie Gochnour, Director, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute and Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah
12:00 – 12:15 PM
BREAK

12:15 – 1:30 PM
SOLUTIONS TO UTAH’S TOP CHALLENGES LUNCHEON PROGRAM

  • Homelessness & Safety: Wayne Niederhauser, Homeless Services Coordinator, State of Utah
  • Supply Chain: Senator Mike Lee
  • Housing: Clark Ivory, CEO, Ivory Homes
  • Workforce: Beth Pitts-Madonna, Vice President of Human Resources, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman
  • Growth: Mayor Erin Mendenhall
  • Air Quality: Representative John Curtis
  • Returnship: Lt. Governor Diedre Henderson

1:30 – 1:35 PM
CLOSING

Jonathan Hafen, Public Policy Co-Chair, Salt Lake Chamber and Shareholder, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless

SPEAKERS

Governor Spencer J. Cox
State of Utah

Gov. Spencer J. Cox was born and raised in Fairview, a town of 1,247 residents located about two hours south of Salt Lake City. 

He first met Abby Palmer at age 16, and the couple married after his service as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico. He graduated from Snow College, Utah State University, and Washington and Lee University School of Law. 

Gov. Cox launched his legal career clerking for U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart and began building a successful law practice at the Salt Lake City firm of Fabian & Clendenin. He then returned to Fairview to join the family business, CentraCom, as vice president and general counsel. 

A sixth generation Utahn, Gov. Cox served as a city councilman, mayor, county commissioner, and member of the Utah House before being appointed to serve as Utah’s lieutenant governor in 2013. 

Since his election as governor in November 2020, Gov. Cox has led out on some of the state’s most daunting challenges including the current coronavirus crisis, homelessness, suicide prevention, and bullying. Under his leadership, Utah has re-emerged as the best economy in the nation, with unprecedented funding for education and increased support for Utah’s rural communities. Among the first governors to welcome refugees from Afghanistan, 

Gov. Cox is a staunch advocate for civility in politics and is committed to improving opportunities for all Utahns. Gov. Cox and First Lady Abby Cox are proud parents of four children: Gavin, Kaleb, Adam, and Emma Kate.

Lt. Gov. Diedre Henderson
State of Utah

Deidre M. Henderson became Utah’s ninth Lieutenant Governor in January of 2021. Prior to her election as the second highest official of the State, she served for eight years in the Utah State Senate representing South Utah County. During her years in the Utah Senate, Lt. Governor Henderson gained a reputation as a strong conservative, a champion for government transparency, and a vocal advocate for women and families. 

She served as chair of the Senate Rules Committee, the Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the Education Committee. Her efforts gained recognition by numerous civic groups including Legislator of the Year by the Fraternal Order of Police and Taxpayer Advocate of the Year by the Utah Taxpayers Association. In 2020 she was named a Libertas Institute Defender of Liberty.  

Lt. Governor Henderson and her husband Gabe are longtime residents of Spanish Fork. They have five children, three sons-in-law, and are expecting their first two grandbabies.

Senator Mike Lee
U.S. Senate

Elected in 2010 as Utah’s 16th Senator, Mike Lee has spent his career defending the fundamental liberties of all Americans and advocating for America’s founding constitutional principles.

Senator Lee acquired a deep respect for the Constitution early in life while watching his father, Rex E. Lee, serve as the Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan. He attended most of his father’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving him a unique and up-close understanding of government.

Lee graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science, and served as BYU’s Student Body President in his senior year. He graduated from BYU’s Law School in 1997 and went on to serve as law clerk to Judge Dee Benson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and then with future Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Lee spent several years as an attorney with the law firm Sidley & Austin specializing in appellate and Supreme Court litigation, and then served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Salt Lake City arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Lee served the state of Utah as Governor Jon Huntsman’s General Counsel and was later honored to reunite with Justice Alito, now on the Supreme Court, for a one-year clerkship. He returned to private practice in 2007.

Throughout his career, Lee earned a reputation as an outstanding practitioner of the law based on his sound judgment, abilities in the courtroom, and thorough understanding of the Constitution.

Senator Lee serves as the Ranking Republican on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, and on the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining.

In addition, Senator Lee continues to lead Republicans on the Joint Economic Committee as the Ranking Member, after spending the last two Congresses as Vice Chairman and Chairman, respectively. He also serves on the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging.

Lee and his wife Sharon live in Utah County, and have three children, John, James, and Eliza. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year mission for the Church in the Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Congressman John Curtis
U.S. House of Representatives

John R. Curtis proudly represents Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. Since being elected to Congress on November 13, 2017, John has worked on 11 pieces of legislation that were signed into law, ranging in diverse topics such as better managing public lands, combatting human trafficking, supporting small businesses, and more. Additionally, he serves as the inaugural Chairman of the Conservative Climate Caucus and a member of the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He previously served on the House Natural Resources Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee.

The Congressman cares deeply about hearing the diverse perspectives and feedback from his constituents: he held over 100 town halls during his first full year in office. Utah’s third district is the youngest in the country, with an average age of 26 years old. John is also sensitive to the many constituents that live in rural Utah and has focused on legislation that can fit needs of both demographics.

John has been committed to helping Utah’s growing tech scene flourish and was recognized by Silicon Slopes as their first Community Hero Award recipient. Other personal awards comprise of Civic Innovator of the Year by Utah Valley University, Thayne Robson Award for Leadership in Economic Development, and Outstanding Citizen Award from the Office of Civic Engagement Leadership by Brigham Young University.

Prior to coming to Washington, John was the 45th mayor of Provo City, serving two terms. He was named the #1 Top Elected Official on Social Media 2015 by the Government Social Media group and has been recognized by Forbes for his commitment to citizen engagement. As mayor, he averaged an approval rating of 93%.

Before becoming mayor, John was a small business owner in Provo, working with his partners to build their business “Action Target,” where he led sales and operations strategy.

Congressman Curtis and his wife Sue have six children and twelve grandchildren. He loves to hike and waterski, practice his Mandarin Chinese and maintains a closet full of stately socks.

Mayor Erin Mendenhall
Salt Lake City

Erin J. Mendenhall is the 36th mayor of Salt Lake City.

Erin came to Salt Lake with her family when she was 7 years old, and after losing her father to cancer at age 13, Erin graduated from Alta High School and enrolled at the University of Utah. It was there that her interest in the intersection of science and public policy took shape, leading to a career focused on improving Utah’s air quality and protecting our environment.

Just weeks after the birth of her first son, Erin learned the air quality in Salt Lake City had become so bad that it could take two years off his life. She decided to stay and fight rather than walk away, becoming an activist and joining Utah Moms for Clean Air in 2008. Determined to bring scientific understanding to air-quality discussions in the state legislature, our schools, and our community, Erin co-founded a new non-profit organization, Breathe Utah, in 2010, and was appointed to Utah’s Air Quality Board in 2014. She has since twice been elected as its chair.

Wanting to advance air-quality policy inside the city government and serve Salt Lake City on a wider range of issues, Erin was elected to represent District 5 on the City Council in 2013. During her six years on the Council, including one year as its chair, Erin worked for equitable progress across the city, driving road repairs and infrastructure maintenance, expanding access to transit and affordable housing, and making the city more equitable for women and girls. She is the first mayor in Salt Lake City history to have been publicly elected from the city council.

As mayor, Erin is working hard to make Salt Lake City more environmentally and economically resilient, and to take advantage of the region’s historic period of economic opportunity. She is determined to ensure every Salt Laker — no matter their neighborhood, economic or housing status, faith, race, or sexual or gender identity — can access all the city has to offer. Erin’s love for the extraordinary people of Salt Lake City drives an unrelenting commitment to bringing people from different walks of life together in pursuit of results for the entire city.

Erin was elected the 36th mayor of Salt Lake City on November 5, 2019 and took the oath of office on the steps of City Hall on January 6, 2020. She earned a bachelor’s degree in gender studies and a master’s degree in science and technology, both from the University of Utah. Erin and her husband, Kyle LaMalfa, are the proud parents of three children, Cash, Everett, and Milå.

Mary C. Daly
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Mary C. Daly is the President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. As a participant on the Federal Open Market Committee, she helps set American monetary policy that promotes a healthy and stable economy.

Since taking office in October 2018, Dr. Daly has committed to making the San Francisco Fed a more community-engaged bank that is transparent and responsive to the people it serves. She works to connect economic principles to real-world concerns and is a sought-after speaker on monetary policy, labor economics, and increasing diversity within the economics field.

Dr. Daly began her career with the San Francisco Fed in 1996 as an economist specializing in labor market dynamics and economic inequality. She went on to become the Bank’s executive vice president and director of research. She currently serves on advisory boards for the Center for First-generation Student Success and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She has also served on the advisory boards of the Congressional Budget Office, the Social Security Administration, the Office of Rehabilitation Research and Training, the Institute of Medicine, and the Library of Congress.

Dr. Daly earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University. She also completed a National Institute of Aging post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.

A native of Ballwin, Missouri, Dr. Daly now lives in Oakland, California, with her wife Shelly.

Natalie Gochnour
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. She also serves as the chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber. In these roles, she provides policy leadership that helps Utah prosper. 

Gochnour’s experience includes a diverse mix of public service and business experience. During her public service, she advised Utah governors Norm Bangerter, Mike Leavitt, and Olene Walker. She also served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, serving as an associate administrator at the EPA and counselor to the secretary at Health and Human Services. For seven years she led the public policy business priorities of the Salt Lake Chamber. 

Gochnour has authored over 250 published columns in Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News and co-hosts the weekly public radio program Both Sides of the Aisle on KCPW. 

She has been recognized by the Downtown Alliance, YWCA of Salt Lake City, South Valley Chamber, Friends for Sight, Girl Scouts of Utah, and other community-focused organizations for her service and example in the community.  Gochnour also serves the community by serving on the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, Utah Transportation Commission, O.C. Tanner, Altabank, and Primary Children’s Hospital boards. She is also vice-chair of Envision Utah and World Trade Center Utah. 

Gochnour has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and specializes in and teaches public finance.

Derek Miller
Salt Lake Chamber

Derek Miller is the president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance.  The Chamber is the state’s oldest business association that “stands as the voice of business.” In this role, Derek leads the business community in advocating and leading Utah’s continued economic prosperity. 

Previously, Derek served as the president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, helping to “Promote prosperity across the state by attracting investment and increasing exports.” He also served as Chief of Staff to Gov. Herbert and as Managing Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for Gov. Huntsman. 

Recognizing his leadership, Gov. Herbert lauded Derek as, “an architect of economic opportunity and innovation,” and “instrumental in transforming Utah into one of the most competitive and fastest growing economies in the country.” 

Derek began his career in Washington, D.C. as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and as legal counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

He is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University.

President Stuart Adams
Utah Senate

President Adams graduated from Layton High and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Utah in business finance. He currently resides in Layton where he and his wife, Susan, raised their four children. Today they are the proud grandparents to 16 grandchildren. 

President Adams is a partner in the Adams Company, a Real Estate, Construction and Development Firm in Kaysville. During his time in real estate, he has been named Builder of the Year by the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association. 

Before being elected to the Senate, President Adams served four and a half years in the Utah House of Representatives and nine years on the Layton City Council. He is the former Chairman of the Utah Transportation Commission and Chairs the Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA). 

During his time representing the 22nd District, President Adams passed legislation to address religious freedoms, affordable energy, clean air and transportation. 

In his words, he is “honored to represent the community where he grew up and raised a family” and now looks forward to working in his capacity as Senate President to benefit all of the great State of Utah.

Speaker Brad Wilson
Utah House of Representatives

Brad Wilson has represented Utah’s 15th district for nearly a decade and currently serves as Speaker of the House, a position he has held since 2019. During his service in the legislature, he has championed policies to make Utah one of the strongest, most diverse and most business friendly in the nation. 

Off Capitol Hill, Speaker Wilson is the president and CEO of Destination Homes, a residential homebuilder honored as the Northern Wasatch Home Builder of the Year. Under his leadership, the company earned Utah Best of State honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

Speaker Wilson earned a business degree from Weber State University and is a graduate of the College of Financial Planning. In 2015, he was nominated as the Weber State Alumnus of the Year. 

Speaker Wilson, his wife Jeni and their three children live in Kaysville.

Senator Ann Millner
Utah Senate

Dr. F. Ann Millner serves as the State Senator for District 18. She is Senate Majority Whip and Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee.

Ann also sits on the Executive Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee, Public Education Appropriations Committee, Higher Education Appropriations Committee, Government Operations Committee, Legislative Management Committee, and the Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, & Technology Committee. She has sponsored legislation focused on economic development specifically related to commercialization of new technologies and workforce preparation, public and higher education and victim’s rights. Last year she sponsored a Utah Constitutional amendment, approved by the citizens of the state, to ensure prudent investment of the funds in the Permanent School Fund and increase the annual distribution of funds to our schools.

Ann is a Regents Professor of Health Administration and former President at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Under her leadership as University President from 2002 to 2012, Weber State became a multi-campus institution, experienced a nearly 40 percent enrollment increase, initiated a major facilities revitalization effort, expanded its network of community partnerships, launched WSU-Davis, emerged as a regional center for economic development, and earned national recognition for its undergraduate research and community-based learning initiatives.

Ann serves on the Education and Mental Health Coordinating Council, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute Advisory Board, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Executive Committee – National Conference of State Legislatures, and as Co-Chair for Education – Council of State Governments West. Additionally, she is on the Board of Trustees for Intermountain Healthcare, Board of Directors for Merit Medical, Advisory Board for Zions Bank, and the United Partnership Council – United Way of Northern Utah, where she is Co-Chair.

Senator Jerry Stevenson
Utah Senate

Senator Stevenson is currently serving as the senator from District 21 as the Executive Appropriations Chair. He has been in office since January 25, 2010. 

Senator Stevenson previously served as the Mayor of Layton City for 12 years and a member of Layton City Council for 8 years. Stevenson attended Utah State University. He has worked as a Weber State University Trustee, the Wasatch Integrated Energy Chair, doing military installation, and as the UTA Rail Committee Chair.

Rep. Mike Schultz
Utah House of Representatives

Representative Schultz is currently serving as the representative from District 12. He serves as the House Majority Leader and has been in office since January 1, 2015. 

He previously served as the treasurer of the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association in 2010 and as president in 2014.

Peter Brooks
Northrop Grumman

Accomplished professional with experience managing and leading in highly competitive business and IT markets. Demonstrated track record initiating and coordinating professional services to “C” level executives in the Fortune 500 and government agencies. Particularly effective at building, developing, and focusing teams to dramatically increase revenues and profits and ensuring cost-effective deliverables. Skilled at restructuring and migrating organizations toward solutions with particular expertise in recruiting management, consulting and professional services, operations and general management–including P/L responsibility.

Maura Carabello
The Exoro Group

Maura Carabello is one of the most influential people you’ve never heard of. An advisor and strategist to Utah’s top elected officials and business leaders, she’s driven by her desire to advocate and achieve success for others. Maura has built a thriving career from her passions. Her experiences span development work in Uganda, Time Magazine and as a leader of several organizations. She founded Exoro in 2002.

Amanda Covington
Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

Amanda Covington is Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. She recently served as Senior Vice President, Communications and Government Relations for Vista Outdoor Inc. Covington has more than 20 years of experience leading corporate communications and government relations strategies impacting financial communications, crisis communications, domestic and international media/public relations, corporate branding and advertising, digital media, employee relations, public policy and legislation, industry associations, and community relations. 

Prior to Vista Outdoor, Covington served as Vice President, Corporate Communications, for ATK, an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company. Before joining ATK, she was the Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Utah System of Higher Education. While there, she led communications and legislative relations strategies for the State Board of Regents. She also served as the Deputy for Communications and spokesperson for Utah Governor Olene S. Walker and the Director of Communications for the Utah Department of Transportation. She has a background in broadcast journalism, working for Utah’s NBC and ABC affiliates. 

Covington serves as both a trustee and a board member for the Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service for Weber State University, is an advisory board member for the Utah Women’s Leadership Institute, is a member of the University of Utah College of Social and Behavioral Science Advancement Board, and is a board member of the Utah chapter of National Association of Corporate Directors. 

She earned an Honors bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Covington enjoys spending her free time wake surfing, snow skiing and traveling with her husband and two teenage boys.

 

Phil Dean
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute

Phil Dean is the public finance senior research fellow at the Gardner Institute. 

Dean most recently served as former Governor Herbert’s Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) after having previously served in the Herbert administration as the State Budget Director and Chief Economist. In this capacity, he directed the work of GOMB in preparing the Governor’s budget recommendations and oversaw GOMB’s state revenue estimates and economic analysis. He served the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) on the Executive Committee and as Western Regional Director. He also teaches economics, public policy, and public finance as an adjunct instructor and serves as Co-Chair of the Utah Economic Council. 

Prior to joining GOMB in 2013, Dean worked for the Utah Legislature for nearly a decade, specializing in the areas of tax and education. He began his professional career in Sacramento, working on the state budget at the California Department of Finance, where he specialized in education. 

Dean holds master’s degrees in public administration from BYU and economics from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from BYU.

Jonathan Hafen
Parr, Brown Gee & Loveless

Jonathan Hafen is a trial lawyer with extensive experience representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial cases, with an emphasis in Employment Law, Securities Law, and Legal Malpractice Defense. Mr. Hafen’s clients have enjoyed successful outcomes in cases involving a wide variety of industries and legal issues, including cases in the areas of multi-level marketing, securities and investment fraud, government enforcement actions, shareholder disputes, breach of contract cases, property disputes, road and access cases, intellectual property litigation, fraud claims, class actions, and construction litigation. Mr. Hafen also serves as legal counsel to a number of small, midsize and multinational companies, utilizing the significant resources available at Parr Brown to address the broad spectrum of legal challenges routinely confronting business leaders. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Hafen provides community service throughout the state, including currently serving as the President of BYU’s Alumni Association, as Chair of the Board of Directors of Tuacahn Center for the Arts, and as a member of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Board of Governors.

Gary Hoogeveen
Rocky Mountain Power

Gary Hoogeveen is president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Power. He is responsible for the company’s transmission and distribution operations, customer service, regulatory and legislative affairs in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. Hoogeveen is additionally responsible for PacifiCorp’s coal fueling and mining operations as well as thermal generation operations. 

Prior to his current position Hoogeveen served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Rocky Mountain Power and President and Chief Executive Officer of Kern River Gas Transmission company for four years. He joined Kern River after serving as Vice President of Customer Service and Business Development for Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary Northern Natural Gas Company. Prior to joining Northern Natural Gas, he held various management positions at Berkshire Hathaway Energy. 

Hoogeveen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. in space physics from Rice University.

Hoogeveen currently serves on the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors, the EDCUtah Board of Advisors the Envision Utah Board of Directors and the Utah Sports Commission Board of Trustees. While in Omaha, he served as a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Omaha Metropolitan YMCA, and was a Charter Board member of the non-profit CREATE Foundation based in Omaha. He dedicates his time to others within the company through both formal and informal mentoring.

Pres. Deneece Huftalin
Salt Lake Community College

Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin was named the eighth president of Salt Lake Community College in September 2014 and feels privileged to have served SLCC students, faculty, and staff for nearly three decades. 

In her tenure as president, Dr. Huftalin has launched a Collegewide strategic planning cycle which has produced a new vision, mission, values, and strategic goals for the College. Dr. Huftalin is leading efforts to strengthen completion rates, transfer pathways, workforce responsiveness, and equity in student access and completion. She encourages an environment of innovation and positive restlessness, challenging staff and faculty to embrace emerging pedagogies such as Open Educational Resources and Competency Based Education, and to situate SLCC as a model for inclusive and transformative education. 

Under Dr. Huftalin’s leadership, the College strengthened its footprint across the Salt Lake Valley with four new buildings and one replacement building. The state-of-the art Westpointe Workforce Training and Education Center opened in 2018 and was designed to spark industry partnerships and strengthen access to relevant workforce training across the county. The Tim and Brenda Huval Student Center at the Jordan Campus opened in 2021 providing more consolidated student services resources and better student engagement spaces. In 2021 the College also broke ground on the Juniper Building in Herriman in partnership with the University of Utah, and the College is also developing its first-ever on campus student housing through a public-private partnership. 

An advocate for the role of community colleges, Dr. Huftalin is determined to keep the cost of higher education low, to provide access to under-represented students, and to ensure that all who have a desire to improve their life through education can find success at SLCC. 

Dr. Huftalin has taught in the Education, Leadership, and Policy program at the University of Utah and serves on several community boards and committees including the Salt Lake Chamber, EDCUtah, the Women’s Leadership Institute, the Intermountain Community Care Foundation, the International Women’s Forum Utah Chapter, and the World Trade Center Utah. Nationally, Dr. Huftalin serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Salt Lake City Branch Board of Directors, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Steering Committee, the LeaderShape Board of Trustees, and has served as a commissioner and Executive Committee member for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 

Prior to her current role, Dr. Huftalin served as the interim president, vice president of student services, dean of students, and director of academic and career advising. Before joining SLCC in 1992, Dr. Huftalin held positions at William Rainey Harper College, Northwestern University, the University of Utah, Stanford University, and the Institute for Shipboard Education.

Dr. Huftalin and her husband Tim are the parents of two sons, Max and Eli. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, a master’s degree from UCLA, and a doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Policy from the University of Utah.

 

Clark Ivory
Ivory Homes

Clark has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ivory Homes, Salt Lake City, Utah since 2000. Ivory Homes has been Utah’s Number One Homebuilder for 29 consecutive years, having sold over 18,000 single-family homes.

In 2006 Clark formed ICO which has become one of Utah’s largest apartment builders and property management companies.

Clark was a director of the Salt Lake City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2006 to 2011 and served as chairman of the Salt Lake branch for three years. He served on the University of Utah Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2014, serving as chairman for five years. Clark is currently co-chairman of the Real Estate Advisory Board to the David Eccles School of Business and serves on the Advisory Board for the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

Clark is the past chairman of the Board of Governors for the Salt Lake area Chamber of Commerce, a past member of the Intermountain Healthcare Board of Trustees and a founding member of the Prosperity 2020 movement that focuses on improving education in Utah for students of all ages.

From 2014 to 2017, Clark served as the president of the Romania-Moldova Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This experience led Clark to establish the Utah-Moldova Business Partnership to help educate and assist young entrepreneurs in navigating the hurdles of starting a business in Eastern Europe.

Clark D. Ivory graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Political Science in 1988. In 1992 he received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Clark and his wife Christine reside in Holladay, Utah and are the parents of four daughters and one son. Clark enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and tennis with friends, and traveling with his wife.

Dr. Donna Milavetz
Steward Health Care

Dr. Milavetz is a Board Certified Internist with a Masters in Public Health Administration. She has extensive experience in starting medical practices and in controlling healthcare costs for both employers and employees. She works with Companies as a consultant using her clinical expertise to help define healthcare “hot spots” where corporations can then target health risk reduction.

Dr. Milavetz is deeply concerned about the escalation of healthcare costs in this country and the increasinly poorer health of its citizens. Her goal is to help Corporations improve health outcomes to lower heathcare costs.

Specialties: Internal Medicine

Wayne Niederhauser
State of Utah

Wayne Niederhauser was first elected to the Utah State Senate in 2006. He is now working as the State Homeless Services Coordinator where he was appointed in April 2021. 

Niederhauser and his wife Melissa met at Utah State University where he graduated with a Master of Accountancy degree and she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Clothing and Textiles with an emphasis in Fashion Merchandising. They have been married for nearly thirty years and are proud parents to five children, Christian (Lisa), Sarah, Molly, Ethan, and Emma. 

The Niederhausers have made Sandy their residence for over twenty-five years. They have enjoyed their involvement in the community and are committed to doing what they can to see that the quality of life they have enjoyed is preserved for future generations. Additionally, the Niederhausers are avid outdoor enthusiasts. Wayne has a particular passions for cycling and skiing. He looks forward to the Tour de France each summer and visiting Moab as often as he can. 

Wayne is also an owner of CW Management Corporation, a real estate development company located in West Jordan. CW focuses on residential and commercial projects that enhance a quality lifestyle and the surrounding community. They are a leader in designing open space, parks and trails as a integral part of development. Their Spring View Farms project located along the Jordan River in Bluffdale was awarded the 2004 Merit of Planning Design by Envision Utah. 

Niederhauser is a Certified Public Accountant. He is committed to an accountable, transparent, and participatory government. To this end, he successfully sponsored legislation creating the State Financial Transparency website, transparent.utah.gov. The website provides public access to state financial information, such as Utah Tax Commission reports, state audits, and public searches. 

In addition to his service in the Utah Senate, Niederhauser is a board member for Envision Utah, the Sports Commission, the Visit Salt Lake Board (local CVB), and the Shakespearean Festival Board. In November of 2012 he was elected Senate President.