JAson Perry, JD: Director

Jason P. Perry is the Vice President for Government Relations at the University of Utah and has served in this capacity since January of 2011. In addition to this role, he began serving as Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics on July 1, 2015.

Prior to his tenure at the U, Jason served as the Chief of Staff to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. Jason helped the Governor successfully navigate two challenging budget cycles and his first legislative session as well as achieving a landslide victory in the November 2010 election. 

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Jayne Nelson, Associate Director Jayne manages the Hinckley Institute office, the Hinckley Forum Series, the Huntsman Seminar, and the finances of the institute. She has worked at the Hinckley Institute since 1988. jnelson@hinckley.utah.edu

Jayne Nelson, Associate Director

Jayne manages the Hinckley Institute office, the Hinckley Forum Series, the Huntsman Seminar, and the finances of the institute. She has worked at the Hinckley Institute since 1988.

jnelson@hinckley.utah.edu

Morgan Lyon Cotti, PhD, Associate Director Morgan joined the Hinckley Institute in May 2012 as Local Program Manager, after serving as Research Director for the Utah Foundation. She oversees local and legislative internships. morgan.lyoncotti@hinckley.utah.edu

Morgan Lyon Cotti, PhD, Associate Director

Morgan joined the Hinckley Institute in May 2012 as Local Program Manager, after serving as Research Director for the Utah Foundation. She oversees local and legislative internships.

morgan.lyoncotti@hinckley.utah.edu

Gina Shipley, MPA, Managing Director of National Internships & Development Officer Gina Shipley joined the Hinckley Institute as  the National Program Director in 2014. She oversees the national internship program and the academics of the DC program. gina.shipley@hinckley.utah.edu

Gina Shipley, MPA, Managing Director of National Internships & Development Officer

Gina Shipley joined the Hinckley Institute as  the National Program Director in 2014. She oversees the national internship program and the academics of the DC program.

gina.shipley@hinckley.utah.edu

Jean Oh, M. Ed., Managing Director of Global Internships Jean Oh joined the University of Utah in 2013 and served as the first Director of UAC Student Services and Main Campus Operations until 2017 when she joined the Hinckley Institute of Politics as the Managing Director of the Global Internship Program. jean.oh@hinckley.utah.edu

Jean Oh, M. Ed., Managing Director of Global Internships

Jean Oh joined the University of Utah in 2013 and served as the first Director of UAC Student Services and Main Campus Operations until 2017 when she joined the Hinckley Institute of Politics as the Managing Director of the Global Internship Program.

jean.oh@hinckley.utah.edu

Steve Urquhart, JD, Global Ambassador Stephen H. Urquhart works as the Global Ambassador for the University of Utah. Steve was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2001 to 2008 (Majority Whip and Rules Chair) and the Utah Senate from 2009 to 2016 (Higher Education Sub-appropriations Chair).  steve.urquhart@utah.edu

Steve Urquhart, JD, Global Ambassador

Stephen H. Urquhart works as the Global Ambassador for the University of Utah. Steve was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2001 to 2008 (Majority Whip and Rules Chair) and the Utah Senate from 2009 to 2016 (Higher Education Sub-appropriations Chair). 

steve.urquhart@utah.edu

Natalie Tippets, MS, Executive Assistant Natalie joined the Hinckley Institute of Politics in July of 2016 as Jason Perry’s Executive Assistant. She serves in this capacity at both the Hinckley Institute of Politics and in the Government Relations Office at the University of Utah. natalie.tippets@utah.edu

Natalie Tippets, MS, Executive Assistant

Natalie joined the Hinckley Institute of Politics in July of 2016 as Jason Perry’s Executive Assistant. She serves in this capacity at both the Hinckley Institute of Politics and in the Government Relations Office at the University of Utah.

natalie.tippets@utah.edu

Anna Solomon Edelman, MPA, Outreach Coordinator  Anna joined the Hinckley Institute in 2015 to assist with the global internship program. She also oversees Hinckley social media. anna.solomon@hinckley.utah.edu

Anna Solomon Edelman, MPA, Outreach Coordinator 

Anna joined the Hinckley Institute in 2015 to assist with the global internship program. She also oversees Hinckley social media.

anna.solomon@hinckley.utah.edu

Matt Lusty, Director of Marketing & Communications Matt joined the Hinckley Institute as director of marketing and communications in February 2017. His previous experience includes leading the department of communications and marketing for the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest business association.  matt.lusty@hinckley.utah.edu

Matt Lusty, Director of Marketing & Communications

Matt joined the Hinckley Institute as director of marketing and communications in February 2017. His previous experience includes leading the department of communications and marketing for the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest business association. 

matt.lusty@hinckley.utah.edu

Gerrit Seymour, Administrative Program Coordinator Gerrit first got involved with the Hinckley Institute as a student. In total he has served three hinckley internships. He serves the office in various capacities, including website maintenance, managing HIP Talks, and running technology for Hinckley Forums. gerrit.seymour@hinckley.utah.edu

Gerrit Seymour, Administrative Program Coordinator

Gerrit first got involved with the Hinckley Institute as a student. In total he has served three hinckley internships. He serves the office in various capacities, including website maintenance, managing HIP Talks, and running technology for Hinckley Forums.

gerrit.seymour@hinckley.utah.edu

Nick Coleman, Student Staffer Nick Coleman is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Economics. He first got involved with the Hinckley Institute during his freshman year, interning with the Senate Finance Committee.  nicholas.coleman@hinckley.utah.edu

Nick Coleman, Student Staffer

Nick Coleman is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and Economics. He first got involved with the Hinckley Institute during his freshman year, interning with the Senate Finance Committee. 

nicholas.coleman@hinckley.utah.edu

 
 

Affiliated Faculty & Advisors

Patricia Jones, Adjunct Instructor Patricia Jones is the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute and an adjunct professor with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Pat Jones is also a former member of the Utah State Legislature, serving from 2002-2016.

Patricia Jones, Adjunct Instructor

Patricia Jones is the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute and an adjunct professor with the Hinckley Institute of Politics. Pat Jones is also a former member of the Utah State Legislature, serving from 2002-2016.

Dan Jones, PhD, Adjunct Instructor Dan Jones is a prominent Utah pollster and founder of Dan Jones and associates. He serves as an adjunct instructor for several courses at the University of Utah.

Dan Jones, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Dan Jones is a prominent Utah pollster and founder of Dan Jones and associates. He serves as an adjunct instructor for several courses at the University of Utah.

Tim Chambless, PhD, Academic Outreach, Associate Lecturer Tim Chambless is an Associate Professor/Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah. He has organized or assisted with Capital Encounter for the Hinckley Institute since 1994.

Tim Chambless, PhD, Academic Outreach, Associate Lecturer

Tim Chambless is an Associate Professor/Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah. He has organized or assisted with Capital Encounter for the Hinckley Institute since 1994.

Doug Foxley, Associate Instructor Doug Foxley, the senior principal of the firm Foxley Pignanelli Attorneys at Law, is continually recognized by local media as the leading government relations expert in Utah. He has more than 20 years of hands-on experience representing clients in lobbying and public affairs.

Doug Foxley, Associate Instructor

Doug Foxley, the senior principal of the firm Foxley Pignanelli Attorneys at Law, is continually recognized by local media as the leading government relations expert in Utah. He has more than 20 years of hands-on experience representing clients in lobbying and public affairs.

Frank Pignanelli, Associate Instructor Mr. Pignanelli served in the Utah State Legislature from 1986 to 1996 and six of those years as Minority Leader. He is also a partner at a prominent local lobbying firm and the featured Sunday Opinion Page political columnist for the Deseret Morning News.

Frank Pignanelli, Associate Instructor

Mr. Pignanelli served in the Utah State Legislature from 1986 to 1996 and six of those years as Minority Leader. He is also a partner at a prominent local lobbying firm and the featured Sunday Opinion Page political columnist for the Deseret Morning News.

Bryson Morgan, Washington, D.C. Liaison A former Hinckley Intern, Morgan is now an Associate at Caplin & Drysdale Law Firm in Washington, DC. He has also served as Investigative Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics. Morgan graduated with honors from the University of Utah and Harvard Law School.

Bryson Morgan, Washington, D.C. Liaison

A former Hinckley Intern, Morgan is now an Associate at Caplin & Drysdale Law Firm in Washington, DC. He has also served as Investigative Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics. Morgan graduated with honors from the University of Utah and Harvard Law School.

Former Ambassador John Price, Hinckley Resident Scholar John Price served as Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and Union of Comoros from 2002-2005. Ambassador Price is a proven business leader and committed member of his community. Among other things, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JP Realty, Inc., a publicly traded New York Stock Exchange Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Former Ambassador John Price, Hinckley Resident Scholar

John Price served as Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, Republic of Seychelles, and Union of Comoros from 2002-2005. Ambassador Price is a proven business leader and committed member of his community. Among other things, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JP Realty, Inc., a publicly traded New York Stock Exchange Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jerry Howe, MPA, Adjunct Instructor Jerry Howe is a Policy Analyst in the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. Mr. Howe also coordinates the Legislative Intern Program which provides opportunities for 65 undergraduate students from six of Utah’s institutions of higher education. Additionally, he serves an adjunct professor at Weber State University and he teaches Public Policy Analysis in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Utah.

Jerry Howe, MPA, Adjunct Instructor

Jerry Howe is a Policy Analyst in the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. Mr. Howe also coordinates the Legislative Intern Program which provides opportunities for 65 undergraduate students from six of Utah’s institutions of higher education. Additionally, he serves an adjunct professor at Weber State University and he teaches Public Policy Analysis in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Utah.

Sharon Mastracci, Hinckley Fellow, Associate Professor Sharon Mastracci is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Fellow in the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. As a Hinckley Institute fellow, she will replicate a 30-year-old survey of political and administrative leadership in Utah to test the theory of representative bureaucracy.

Sharon Mastracci, Hinckley Fellow, Associate Professor

Sharon Mastracci is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Fellow in the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. As a Hinckley Institute fellow, she will replicate a 30-year-old survey of political and administrative leadership in Utah to test the theory of representative bureaucracy.