Although Utah's population is the youngest in the nation, Utah lacks Gen-Z and Millenial representation in government. The Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) is working to change this.
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.
Foreign policy junkie passionate about creating impact through public-private collaborations. Gif enthusiast. Literary aficionado.
Utah Realtors Association
ELI Vice Chair
Senator Mitt Romney
Dixie State University
Southern Utah native. Gov. relations & Institute of Politics @ Dixie State. LSE grad. CNN, not ESPN.
Dixie State Innovation Cntr.
ELI Past Chair/Treasurer
Salt Lake native. Husband and Father. U of U MPA. International. Entrepreneur. Community advocate. UB 20 in their 20's.
Millcreek City Council
ELI MARCOM Director
Local government enthusiast. Utah native and adventurer.
UofU and WGU grad.
Community is everything.
Surviving mostly on coffee.
State Board of Education
ELI Legal Director
Politically purple policy junkie. U Law 2013. Sundance Film Festival fanatic. Pro eater. Amateur chef. Sports student. Aspiring dog owner.
ELI Engagement Director
Local gov consultant and MBA. Provo Planning Commissioner. Rural expert. Faithful Aggie. Happy Feminist. Loves policy not politics.
SL Community College
ELI Diversity Director
Proud Mexican-American. UofU grad. Moderate politico. PACE Advisor @ SLCC. Youth advocate, community activist.
Jazz, Utes, anything soccer.
Advocates. Mentors. Awesome.
Lt. Governor Spencer Cox
The State of Utah
Senator Luz Escamilla
Gardner Policy Institute
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Women's Leadership Institute
The Hinckley Institute of Politics
The University of Utah