Julian Tippets graduated from the University of Utah in 2011 with a B.S. in political science and international studies. He then went on to attend the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law and received his JD in 2015.
As an undergraduate, he served as a Hinckley Intern in 2008 at the Salt Lake City Office of the Mayor under Ralph Becker. Looking back at this period, he remembers the invaluable experience of helping to support then-Mayor Becker and his staff create nondiscrimination ordinances. This legislation made it against the law for landlords and employers to deny someone housing or a job because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Tippets felt that,“Its passage fostered a profound moment of healing for many families in Salt Lake City – including my own – as it brought seemingly opposed constituencies together in the spirit of consensus.”
When asked how the Hinckley Institute and his intern experience impacted his life, Tippets answered, “I can tie virtually every professional success I have experienced to my time as an intern. The Salt Lake City Office of the Mayor employed me at the conclusion of my internship and the momentum from that has propelled me from one great group of people to another. Most importantly, I learned new ways to apply myself towards causes I care about to improve the communities to which we belong.”
Today, Tippets works as the Associate General Counsel for WebBank, an FDIC-insured, state-chartered industrial bank which provides customized consumer and commercial financial solutions nationwide.