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    Millennials get a bad rap sometimes, right? Let's change that perception.

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    ELI Launch Day A Huge Success

    What happens when you get 200+ Millennials in a room to talk politics? Great Things!


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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.


    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.

  • Governing Board

    Millennials. Achievers. Dreamers. Doers.

    Andy Pierucci

    Utah Department of Ag

    A passionate young conservative fighting for smarter, more responsive government. A devoted husband and proud Aggie.

    Ashley Jolin

    The Exoro Group

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

    Aundrea Peterson

    Utah House of Reps

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

    Don Willie

    World Trade Center Utah

    Salt Lake native. Driven young professional. Husband and Father. U of U MPA. Sweet tooth. Community advocate.


    Erika Minjarez

    Utah Disability Law Center

    Loving life with my other half. Dog mama. Advocate. Rookie watercolor painter. Veteran food lover (especially treats).

    U of U 2013. U Law 2016.

    Hannah Lockhart

    Utah Jazz

    Conservative. Former US Senate staffer. MBA at UVU. Fantasy sports player. Avid quilter. Diet Coke fanatic. World traveler.

    Henrie Walton

    Dixie State University

    Dixie State University

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

    Jeffrey VanHulten


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

    Matthew Holton

    U.S. Senate

    All around conservative politico. U of U grad. Happily married to a teacher with a baby on the way. Food truck & fine dining fanatic.

    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.

    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.

    Patrick Reimherr

    Salt Lake County

    Passionate advocate for local government and committed to bipartisan, evidenced-based solutions. Data, data, data. Truman (’09), Ute, Hoya.

    Stephen Lefevre

    State of Utah

    U of U graduate. Lt. Governor aide-de-camp. Senate Finance Committee. Governor's office. Refugee volunteer. Danish speaker. Undersized athlete.

    Tianna Tu

    Leavitt Partners

    Health policy wonk. Maliheh Clinic volunteer. Eccles & Truman Scholar. U of U grad. Globetrotter. Sunset hiker. Amateur cook. Left of center.

  • Community Board

    Millennials. Achievers. Dreamers. Doers.

    Chase Christiansen


    Owen Fuller


    Elizabeth Converse

    Strategic Partnerships

    Matt Lusty


    Sarah Scott


    Alex Walton

    Strategic Partnerships

    Sara Adelman


    Tiffeny Yen


    Cristobal Villegas

    Strategic Partnerships

    Joshua Baron

    Boards and Commissions

    Jake Housel

    Boards and Commissions

    Jackie Rosen

    Boards and Commissions

    Emad Jabini

    Boards and Commissions

    Blake Lockar

    Boards and Commissions

  • 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


    Steve Kroes

    Utah Foundation

    David Litvack

    Salt Lake City

    Stan Lockhart


    Boyd Matheson

    Sutherland Institute

    Derek Miller

    World Trade Center Utah

    Jason Perry

    The Hinckley Institute of Politics