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  • Overview

    Although Utah's population is the youngest in the nation, Utah lacks Gen-Z and Millennial representation and participation in government.

    The Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) of Utah aims to elevate the voice and impact of young voters in their local, state and national governments.


    Why are Young Leaders Important?

    Millennials are the largest-ever generation. Combined with Gen-Z, Millennials the group makes up the largest voting block in the State of Utah. Unfortunately, only 11 percent of Utahns ages 18-35 voted in 2012, far below the 30 percent of our peers that voted nationwide in 2012. Additionally, less than 2 percent 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 Emerging Leaders Initiative 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 young leaders, shakers and doers ages 18-35ish 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.

  • Board of Directors

    Achievers. Dreamers. Doers.

    Kelsey Price


    Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs

    Cate Klundt

    Vice Chair

    Utah Association of REALTORS

    Neela Pack


    Dorsey & Whitney

    Jeffrey Van Hulten


    Utah Board of Education

    Silvia Catten

    Operations Director

    Millcreek City Council

    Alissa Dailey

    Lead by Running Director

    Utah Association of REALTORS

    Derek Deitsch

    Programming Director

    Downtown Alliance

    Andres Gonzalez

    Lead by Voting Director

    Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office

    Shannon Ellsworth

    Lead by Serving Director

    Slate Canyon Consulting
    Provo City Council

    Gavin Mathis

    Marketing & Communications Director

    Method Communications

    Erik Mikkelsen

    Outreach & Partnerships Director

    Western Governors University

    Mario Organista

    Diversity Director

    Salt Lake Community College

    Jim Porter

    Rural Director

    World Trade Center Utah

    Rachel Stone

    Strategic Initiatives Director

    Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget

    Ingrid Warner

    Development Director

    Waterford School

    Erin Wynn

    Policy Director

    Martha Hughes Cannon Statue Legislative Oversight Committee

  • Advisory Board

    Advocates. Mentors. Awesome.

    Lt. Governor Spencer Cox

    The State of Utah

    Senator Luz Escamilla

    Utah Senate

    Rob Brough

    Zions Bank

    Natalie Gochnour

    Gardner Policy Institute

    Allyson Isom

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    Stan Lockhart


    Pat Jones

    Women's Leadership Institute

    Kirk Jowers


    Boyd Matheson

    Deseret News

    Jason Perry

    The Hinckley Institute of Politics

    Courtney McBeth

    The University of Utah

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