UAC Staff

Brandy Grace

Brandy Grace

Chief Executive Officer

Brandy Grace was appointed CEO of the Association in July of 2019.  Brandy's 24-years in county government, service as a county elected official, experience as UAC's President and most recently as COO, and her understanding of UAC's members, make her uniquely qualified to fulfill this role.

Brandy's experience gives the association a new outlook on member relations and program development. Brandy has been a strong advocate for members and is committed to building value by meeting member needs through collaboration, education, and outreach.

Current Projects

UAC Affiliates Relations Coordination, Local Government Associations Collaboration, Corporate Partnership Development, Staff Coordination, and Program Oversight

Lincoln Shurtz

Lincoln Shurtz

Director of Government Affairs

Lincoln joined the Association of Counties staff in September of 2014 after spending 14 years as the Director of Government Affairs for the Utah League of Cities. Specializing in the appropriations process, economic development, local government issues, and transportation, Lincoln was recognized by the Salt Lake Tribune as “one of the top lobbyists in Utah”.

After four years of active duty service in the US Army as a tank commander, Lincoln attended the University of Utah where he earned a degree in Political Science and a second degree in Economics. He lives in Holladay, Utah.

 

Current Projects

Legislative Policy Development, Legislative Strategy Development, and Lobbying

Elizabeth Klc

Elizabeth F. Klc

Operations and Planning Coordinator

Elizabeth is a member of the UAC Legislative Team and has worked directly with the Utah Behavioral Healthcare Committee of the Utah Association of Counties (UAC) since 2013. Prior to that, she earned a Master’s in Public Administration at Brigham Young University, graduating in 2013.  Ever the Utahn, Klc loves to ski in the winter and the summer. She met her husband in SLC and with their son, they are always looking for another adventure and to eat good food.  She argues that her son likes ramen better than mac n’ cheese and when he learns to put sentences together, they will prove it.

Current Projects

Legislative Advocacy and Coordination, UBHC Director, UAC Legislative Committee Coordination, and Lobbying

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Bryan Rodgers

Governmental Relations Coordinator

Bryan was raised in South Jordan, UT. In 2009 Bryan graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science. After graduation, Bryan was hired as the Southern Utah District Manager for the Associated General Contractors of Utah in St. George. Bryan, his wife Jessica and their three children enjoyed their time in beautiful Southern Utah for seven and a half years. Bryan was also nominated Chairman of Leadership Dixie, a notable leadership group in Washington County. Bryan performs legislative support for UAC and helps with various association needs. He recently received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Utah University.

Current Projects

Association & Legislative Communications Support, Affiliate Support on Public Policy, Legislative Advocacy, Website Development, Training, Event Coordination, & Planning.

 

 

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Stuart Clason

Regional Economic Growth Director

The UAC Regional Growth Program will involve aligning county specific economic development strategies with existing implementation tools like tax incremental financing and opportunity zones and creating new tools if necessary. This program is designed to meet the unique needs of participating counties. Stuart brings experience to this program and previously served as the Associate Director of Regional Transportation, Housing and Economic Development at Salt Lake County; Clason worked on several major regional development issues, and he is prepared to assist other counties in the state in a similar fashion.Stuart was previously with Salt Lake County where he directly managed the county’s tax incremental financing portfolio, economic development revolving loan fund, parking structure revolving loan fund, environmental loan fund, and municipal economic development services. He has also worked for the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, and he was the Director of Economic Development for Salt Lake City. Stuart holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in Economic Development from the London School of Economics.

Current Projects

County Economic Development Consulting and CRA Consulting and Project Development

As Opportunity Zone and Financial Incentives Director, Patrick, works to manage the State of Utah’s Opportunity Zone program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Sorenson Impact at the University of Utah. Prior to this role, Patrick was the Executive Director of Impact Investing at Sorenson Impact where he worked on over $250mm of private investments, including with the Sorenson Impact Foundation where he worked to help build its portfolio across four continents and various philanthropic, debt, and equity structures. During his tenure at Sorenson, he was also a part of launching several new business units, including the firm’s pay-for-success practice with initial funding from President Obama’s White House Office of Social Innovation. Prior to Sorenson, Patrick was a Senior Associate with the University Venture Fund (UVF) and started his career as an Analyst with The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. working in their Global Securities Division. Patrick graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Finance and was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017
As Opportunity Zone and Financial Incentives Director, Patrick, works to manage the State of Utah’s Opportunity Zone program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Sorenson Impact at the University of Utah. Prior to this role, Patrick was the Executive Director of Impact Investing at Sorenson Impact where he worked on over $250mm of private investments, including with the Sorenson Impact Foundation where he worked to help build its portfolio across four continents and various philanthropic, debt, and equity structures. During his tenure at Sorenson, he was also a part of launching several new business units, including the firm’s pay-for-success practice with initial funding from President Obama’s White House Office of Social Innovation. Prior to Sorenson, Patrick was a Senior Associate with the University Venture Fund (UVF) and started his career as an Analyst with The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. working in their Global Securities Division. Patrick graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Finance and was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017

Patrick Mullen

Opportunity Zone and Financial Incentives Director

As Opportunity Zone and Financial Incentives Director, Patrick, works to manage the State of Utah’s Opportunity Zone program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Sorenson Impact at the University of Utah.

Prior to this role, Patrick was the Executive Director of Impact Investing at Sorenson Impact where he worked on over $250mm of private investments, including with the Sorenson Impact Foundation where he worked to help build its portfolio across four continents and various philanthropic, debt, and equity structures. During his tenure at Sorenson, he was also a part of launching several new business units, including the firm’s pay-for-success practice with initial funding from President Obama’s White House Office of Social Innovation.

Prior to Sorenson, Patrick was a Senior Associate with the University Venture Fund (UVF) and started his career as an Analyst with The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. working in their Global Securities Division. Patrick graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Finance and was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.

 

Current Projects

Opportunity Zones Consulting and Financial Opportunities Development

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Mindy Deeter

Administrative Assistant

 

Mindy joined us in February 2018 bringing more than 10 years’ experience in office administration, project management, travel and event planning, and analytics.  Born and raised in Box Elder County, she has three children– two daughters and one avid baseball playing son. On most weekends   she can be found at a baseball field anywhere from Utah to Nevada, California and wherever else her son is playing. Her other interests include cooking, walking and running.  She has completed one marathon and 15 half marathons.

 

Current Projects

Administrative Support, Board of Directors Support, and Member Outreach