Alliance for a Better Utah Staff

Chase Thomas

Chase joined Better Utah in January 2016 as our Policy and Advocacy Counsel. 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.

Madison Hayes

Madison Hayes joined the Better Utah team as their Content Manager in March 2016.

Maddie received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Vassar College and graduated in 2015. While at Vassar, she spent a semester abroad in Australia with a Sustainability and Environmental Action program through the School for International Training. During this semester, she had her first experience interning for a nonprofit, the Rainforest Information Centre. Her senior year, she volunteered for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance’s “Wilderness Week” lobbying event in Washington, D.C. Following graduation, she interned in SUWA’s D.C. office providing legislative and grassroots organizing support.

Working for SUWA and reading works by Terry Tempest Williams inspired Maddie to return to Utah, her home state. Aside from having a deep appreciation for the landscape, she could not help but feel committed to the multitude of issues Utah faces.