• Federal Candidate Roundtable

    Hosted in Conjunction with the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on June 6, 2018 at the Marriott Downtown City Creek

    500+ At The 2018 Legislative Bootcamp

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    Elevate Policy 2018

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  • ELI

    Although Utah's population is the youngest in the Nation, Utah lacks Millennial representation in Government. The Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) is working to change this.


    Why are Millennials Important?

    Millennials are the largest-ever generation. We are also the largest voting block in the State of Utah. Unfortunately, only 11% of our generation votes in Utah—far below the 30% of our peers that voted nationwide in 2012. Additionally, less than 2% of federal-level elected officials are Millennials. Extremely low voter participation and underwhelming public service is crippling our ability to contribute to the greater community both civically and politically.


    The Mission of ELI

    The ELI is built on the principle that effectively mentoring current and future generations of “emerging leaders” can improve Utah's communities and quality of life. By creating a space for collaborative mentorship and communication between current and emerging leaders, ELI seeks to empower the Millennial generation (and future generations) to join in policy discussions and help shape Utah's political, cultural, and economic future. mn


    Our goal is to increase participation of our generation and future generations in the policy debates of our time. We need younger voices to speak up, to vote, to run for office, and to engage their government. With the involvement of bright and innovative minds in our generation, government decisions will be more deliberative and meaningful.

  • Board of Directors

    Millennials. Achievers. Dreamers. Doers.

    Don Willie

    Emerging Leaders Initaitve

    Salt Lake native. Husband and Father. U of U MPA. International. Entrepreneur. Community advocate. UB 20 in their 20's.

    Ashley Jolin


    Liberal champion for global civic engagement. U of U grad. In a domestic relationship w/ cookies. Enjoys strolling the Capitol promenade.

    Henrie Walton

    Dixie State University

    Dixie State University

    Southern Utah native. Gov. relations & Institute of Politics @ Dixie State. LSE grad. CNN, not ESPN.

    Aundrea Peterson

    Utah House of Reps

    Determined to make a substantive change in my lifetime. Diligent young conservative politico. Comms. Summa Cum Laude @ WSU.

    Megan Church

    Dixie State University

    Event Planner at DSU & advocate for BBBS. DSU Bio and Comm Grad. St. George Native. Service leadership. Always good for Mexican food.

    Jeffrey VanHulten


    Politically purple policy junkie. U Law 2013. Sundance Film Festival fanatic. Pro eater. Amateur chef. Sports student. Aspiring dog owner.

    Kelsey Price


    Avid international affairs junkie. Wannabe skier. Literary aficionado. Infographic and gif enthusiast.

    Michael Parker

    Salt Lake Chamber

    Policy wonk with a mean streak for solving problems. True believer in business leadership. Loves family and Utah with nearly equal weight.

    Nic Dunn

    Salt Lake County

    Former journalist, speechwriter, and spokesperson. MPP graduate from the University of Utah, and current Policy Advisor in local government.

    Oakley Nelson

    Ellwood Town Council

    Dedicated Conservative, Utah Jazz fan, UofU MPA student, public servant, bodybuilding novice, and proud LDS WKM RM.

  • Community Board

    Millennials. Achievers. Dreamers. Doers.

    Tiffeny Yen


    Matt Lusty


    Owen Fuller


    Elizabeth Converse

    Strategic Partnerships

    Cristobal Villegas

    Strategic Partnerships

    Joshua Baron

    Lead by Serving

    Jake Housel

    Lead by Serving

    Jackie Rosen

    Lead by Serving

    Emad Jabini

    Lead by Serving

    Blake Lockar

    Lead by Serving

    Shannon Ellsworth

    Strategic Partnerships

    Mario Organista

    Lead by Voting

    Hylton Early

    Lead by Running

    Mallory Bateman

    Strategic Partnerships

  • Advisory Board

    Advocates. Mentors. Awesome.

    Lt. Governor Spencer Cox

    The State of Utah

    Senator Luz Escamilla

    Utah Senate

    Natalie Gochnour

    Gardner Policy Institute

    Allyson Isom

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    Pat Jones

    Women's Leadership Institute

    Kirk Jowers


    Stan Lockhart


    Boyd Matheson

    Sutherland Institute

    Derek Miller

    World Trade Center Utah

    Jason Perry

    The Hinckley Institute of Politics