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Utah Foundation is fortunate to have a highly qualified, excellent research team. Each of the staff members below may be reached at the phone numbers and email addresses shown.
Peter Reichard, President
Peter Reichard has nearly two decades of experience in the public policy field. He is a previous president of the Governmental Research Association (GRA), the national organization of governmental research professionals. Earlier in his career Reichard was a journalist, working as an editor at a major daily in the 1990s and as managing editor of a business weekly. He holds degrees from Loyola University (B.A.) and Fordham University (M.A.).
Phone: (801) 355-1400 ext. 1
Shawn Teigen, Vice-President and Research Director
Shawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Utah. Shawn worked as a housing policy analyst with Community Action Partnership of Utah and has worked for Utah’s chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. He serves on the board of directors of several public-sector, private-sector and non-profit organizations, including as chairperson of the Salt Lake City Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board. During much of his career, Shawn provided consulting services to early-stage businesses in addition to executing an extensive research effort to found an organization focused on foreign investment-related economic development. Shawn has always been active in volunteering, including having spent two years in Kazakhstan with the U.S. Peace Corps.
Phone: (801) 355-1400, ext. 3
Christopher Collard, Research Analyst
Christopher has been with Utah Foundation for the past five years. After completing a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Utah he elected to dedicate his time to the exploration of Utah economic data. Christopher enjoys helping others understand the significance of data via static and interactive graphics. He is fluent in Arabic and Portuguese, loves to study the night sky, read obscenely large books, and anything to do with mountains.
Phone: (801) 355-1400, ext. 6
Meg Luther, Outreach Coordinator
Megan Keating Luther has spend the past decade in event management and fund-raising, having worked in both the nonprofit sector and the hotel industry. Her recent experience includes event management positions at Boston University and Partners HealthCare in Somerville, Mass. She also has worked as a realtor. She holds a BA in Art History and Communications from Merrimack College. She holds a professional fundraising certificate from Boston University and is a certified meeting professional (Convention Industry Council).
Phone: (801) 355-1400, ext. 4
Steve Kroes, Research Associate
Steve Kroes brings 27 years of experience in public policy analysis, nonprofit leadership, and public-sector consulting, including as the president of Utah Foundation for 16 years. He has worked extensively with elected officials grappling with complicated policy issues, serving as a subject-matter expert on advisory boards and commissions, working as a trusted, nonpartisan advisor to governors, legislators, and regional and local officials. He has focused much of his work on public and higher education policy, public finance, economic issues, infrastructure, and voter engagement.
Chelsie Henderson, Research Intern
Chelsie is working on a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology. Afterward, she plans on pursuing a Master’s of Social Work. She has a passion for public service and is interested in the development of public policy in the local community. She also loves to read books and to spend time outdoors.
Sam Oliver, Research Intern
Sam is a senior at the University of Utah. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and a minor in Cognitive Science. Sam is passionate about reading, discussing, and thinking about many different topics in theoretical or practical domains. He is also an avid backcountry skier, mountain biker, and backpacker.
Board of Trustees
Utah Foundation’s staff is supervised by a volunteer Board of Trustees from Utah’s business, academic, and government community. Click here to see the Board of Trustees list.