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The 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. 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. He serves on the board of directors of several public-sector, private-sector and non-profit organizations, including having served as chairperson of the Salt Lake City Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board. 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 the 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 the 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.
Alec Aguilar, Research Intern
Alec Aguilar is a senior at the University of Utah studying Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy and a minor in Campaign Management. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree, he plans to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree. He knows firsthand that public policy has the power to positively impact underserved communities. To support his academic goals, Alec works full-time in the travel and leisure industry. Outside of his work and studies, he enjoys reading genre fiction, writing short stories, and exploring Utah’s great outdoors.
Julia Ma, Research Intern
Julia Ma is a senior at the University of Utah completing a degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Computation and minors in Computer Science and Modern Dance. She is deeply involved with Salt Lake City’s local dance community, where she teaches community classes and manages local events. She is passionate about growing and diversifying local communities and giving platforms to marginalized groups to have a voice. She is also interested in using research to inform businesses how to be more environmentally conscious.
Claire Zollinger, Research Intern
Claire is a senior at Brigham Young University studying International Relations. She hopes to use her degree to help refugees and those who have been affected by conflict throughout the world, whether through public policy, humanitarian aid or by any other means. Claire enjoys traveling, yoga and all things Italian.
Board of Trustees
The 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.