Staff

Chase Thomas

Executive Director

phone: 480.532.1880
email: chase@betterutah.org

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.

Chase stepped into the role of executive director in August of 2018.

Pat Thompson

Technology Manager

Pat was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and continues to love living here. He attended Catholic school all the way through high school, then went on to the University of Utah to study Film and Media Arts and Urban Planning. After graduating from college, Pat spent five years filmmaking, working on various projects for groups including Nike, New Balance, Jewish Family Services, Race Swami, and the Salt Lake City Marathon. Additionally, he helped complete a feature-length documentary on cow horse training in the western US titled Down the Fence that is currently available on Netflix. After finishing that film, Pat returned to the University of Utah to get a Masters of Science in Information Systems, graduating in December 2018. He’s excited to use all his skills and knowledge to play his part in helping to make Utah a better place for us all!

Hannah Koford Adams

Intern

Hannah is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University from small-town Farr West, Utah. In April 2022, she completed a degree in communication studies and has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, Mormon Women for Ethical Government, and International Bridges to Justice. During her time at BYU, she served as Vice President of the Communication Studies Association and was named BYU’s 2022 Student Employee of the Year for her roles at the Ballard Social Impact Center. Hannah is passionate about innovative community building and has worked on a management consulting project for The Other Side Village; a project which envisions a rehabilitative environment where Utah’s unhoused population can thrive.

In the fall, Hannah will return to Brigham Young University to pursue a Master of Public Administration. She plans to earn an emphasis in state and federal government. Alliance for a Better Utah’s mission aligns with her determination to promote institutional transparency and accountability.

Ainsley Moench

Intern

Ainsley Moench is an incoming junior at Willamette University, studying Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics with minors in Psychology and History. During her time at Willamette, she has served on the leadership team of several clubs, been a part of student government, and worked with organizations aimed at changing the culture and policy around incarceration. Her passion for politics started in high school, where she was the chair of the state March for Our Lives chapter. Her policy interests center around education and criminal justice reform.

Rachel Kessler-Weinstein

Intern

Rachel has joined Better Utah as a summer intern after graduating from the Rowland Hall High School Class of 2022. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland and has lived in Utah most of her life. At Rowland Hall she served as co-president of the Queer Straight Alliance and avidly participated in theatre. She is starting her first semester at Oberlin College in Ohio in the fall, where she plans to major in Gender Studies. She’s excited to work with Better Utah and to make a difference in Utah politics.

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