Alliance for a Better Utah Staff
Policy and Advocacy Counsel
Chase joined Better Utah in January 2016 as our Policy and Advocacy Associate. He first started working with Better Utah as a Mary Alice Woolley Public Service Fellow from the BYU Law Class of 2015, a generous year-long fellowship from the BYU Law School, from which Chase graduated in April 2015.
During his time at BYU, Chase interned with the ACLU of Utah, as well as in New York City with the LGBT Project of the National ACLU. Chase was very involved at BYU as an editor on the BYU Law Review, chair of the Annual International Law and Religion Symposium, and the leader of the first-year mentoring program. He was also president of BYU Law’s chapter of the American Constitution Society—a national network of progressive lawyers, judges, and policymakers—helping contribute to a more robust discussion at BYU surrounding legal and policy issues affecting Utah and the nation.
Before moving to Utah for law school, Chase graduated with a degree in political science from Arizona State University. Although he was born and raised in Arizona, he lived in the Fort Worth, Texas area for two years while he served a mission for the LDS Church during which he learned to speak Spanish and gained an appreciation for the hardships immigrants face while living in this country without documentation.
Katie joined Better Utah in December 2017 as the Communications Director. She has a background in music, and graduated from Westminster College in Princeton, NJ in 2010 with a degree in vocal performance. Katie spent the years following her graduation teaching music, performing around the New York Metro area, running a business, and working with community groups to get young people involved in music.
In 2014, Katie and her husband moved to Utah to be with her family, and shortly thereafter had their first child. She was then brought on as Social Media Manager and Education Outreach Specialist with the Utah Philharmonic, a community orchestra based out of Riverton, while also performing occasionally and teaching music in Park City. In early 2017, Katie co-founded Utah’s CD4 Coalition, a citizen group focused on political accountability, and currently serves as chair of the board.
Karen Shepherd Policy and Advocacy Fellow
Laura joined Better Utah as a Karen Shepherd Policy and Advocacy Fellow in August 2017.
Laura graduated from Brigham Young University in 2017 with a degree in Political Science, focusing on political aspects of global development and environmental protection. While at BYU, she spent extensive time researching and working with nonprofits in parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Specifically, Laura spent three months in northern Thailand researching factors that influence a community’s willingness to support nonprofits. She later presented her findings at a national conference, winning an award for her original research. Additionally, as president of the club, Students for International Development, Laura endeavored to increase awareness of complex social issues, such as women’s rights, environmental protection, and poverty alleviation.
Laura has also been involved with nonprofits on a local level. As a native Utahn, she grew up enjoying the beautiful Wasatch and was cognizant of Utah’s pressing political concerns. As such, she felt a need to volunteer with organizations striving to improve the community and Utah’s political climate. Laura interned with the International Rescue Committee and is a member of various nonprofits along the Wasatch. When Laura is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors rock climbing, skiing, and peak bagging.
Noah joined Better Utah in 2017 as our Volunteer Coordinator.
Noah believes in a dedication to public services without regard for party affiliation. He has worked on both sides of the aisle, as 2016 General Staff for Rep. Steve Eliason (R) and as Director of Field Operations for the 2016 reelection campaign of Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (D). More recently, he ran for Salt Lake City Council.
Noah graduated from the University of Utah in 2016 with a degree in History and considers himself a true political poindexter. His policy interests range from the impacts of beekeeping to the death penalty. He is most proud of assisting int he efforts to legalize needle exchange programs, expand access to the life-saving drug naloxone, and prevent firearm-related suicide. He also helped increase accountability in the mail-in ballot system, expand Utah’s homeless shelter system, and create a new state park.