Jason Perry, JD: Director

Jason Perry is the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics and the Vice President for Government Relations for the University of Utah.  Jason brings more than 25 years of experience working in the public sector, where he has worked extensively with policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels. Previously, Jason served as the Chief of Staff to Governor Gary Herbert, and was the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development under Jon Huntsman where Jason was honored as CEO of the Year by Utah Business Magazine. Jason also worked in the Attorney General’s office and was an intern and later, a staff member to Senator Orrin Hatch. Jason is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he now teaches law students the role of ethics and politics in creating legislation.

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Morgan Lyon Cotti, PhD: Associate Director   Morgan serves as the associate director of the Hinckley and manages the local and legislative internships. She also contributes to the Hinckley’s political analysis and research. Morgan is a former Hinckley intern and holds a PhD in Political Science from George Washington University.   morgan.lyoncotti@utah.edu

Morgan Lyon Cotti, PhD: Associate Director

Morgan serves as the associate director of the Hinckley and manages the local and legislative internships. She also contributes to the Hinckley’s political analysis and research. Morgan is a former Hinckley intern and holds a PhD in Political Science from George Washington University.

morgan.lyoncotti@utah.edu

Gina Shipley, MPA: Managing Director of National Internships & Development Officer   Gina Shipley has been with the Hinckley Institute as the National Program Director since 2014. She oversees the national and DC internship programs. Gina also manages development and alumni relations.   gina.shipley@hinckley.utah.edu

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

Gina Shipley has been with the Hinckley Institute as the National Program Director since 2014. She oversees the national and DC internship programs. Gina also manages development and alumni relations.

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

Natalie Tippets, MS: Special Assistant to the Vice President   Natalie has been with the Hinckley Institute since July of 2016. She now serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President at both the Hinckley Institute and in the Government Relations Office at the University of Utah.   natalie.tippets@utah.edu

Natalie Tippets, MS: Special Assistant to the Vice President

Natalie has been with the Hinckley Institute since July of 2016. She now serves as Special Assistant to the Vice President at both the Hinckley Institute and in the Government Relations Office at the University of Utah.

natalie.tippets@utah.edu

Molly Wheeler, MSc: Managing Director of Community Outreach   Molly returned to the Hinckley Institute in 2018 after earning a MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. Molly manages the Hinckley Forum Series, Huntsman Seminar, and institute office and finances.   molly.wheeler@hinckley.utah.edu

Molly Wheeler, MSc: Managing Director of Community Outreach

Molly returned to the Hinckley Institute in 2018 after earning a MSc in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. Molly manages the Hinckley Forum Series, Huntsman Seminar, and institute office and finances.

molly.wheeler@hinckley.utah.edu

Brooke Doner: Director of Marketing   Brooke joined the Hinckley Institute as the Director of Marketing in January 2018. A graduate of the University of Colorado, she previously worked as an art director in both San Francisco and New Zealand's advertising industries.   brooke.doner@hinckley.utah.edu

Brooke Doner: Director of Marketing

Brooke joined the Hinckley Institute as the Director of Marketing in January 2018. A graduate of the University of Colorado, she previously worked as an art director in both San Francisco and New Zealand's advertising industries.

brooke.doner@hinckley.utah.edu

Miranda Best: Outreach Coordinator   Miranda joined the Hinckley Institute of Politics team in November 2017. She holds degrees in International and Latin American Studies, and completed a Hinckley internship in Cuba. Miranda helps coordinate outreach efforts on campus.   miranda.best@hinckley.utah.edu

Miranda Best: Outreach Coordinator

Miranda joined the Hinckley Institute of Politics team in November 2017. She holds degrees in International and Latin American Studies, and completed a Hinckley internship in Cuba. Miranda helps coordinate outreach efforts on campus.

miranda.best@hinckley.utah.edu

Abigail Barney: Student Staff   Abigail is a senior at the University of Utah studying political science and sociology.  She has completed one local Hinckley internship and one national Hinckley internship with the National District Attorneys Association in Washington, D.C.   abigail.barney@hinckley.utah.edu

Abigail Barney: Student Staff

Abigail is a senior at the University of Utah studying political science and sociology.
She has completed one local Hinckley internship and one national Hinckley internship with the National District Attorneys Association in Washington, D.C.

abigail.barney@hinckley.utah.edu

Pedro Padilla-Martinez: Student Staff   Pedro is a senior at the University of Utah studying political science. He has completed two Hinckley Internships, one local and one in Washington, D.C. He is interested in getting involved in politics to advocate for criminal justice and drug policy reform.   pedro.martinez@ hinckley.utah.edu

Pedro Padilla-Martinez: Student Staff

Pedro is a senior at the University of Utah studying political science. He has completed two Hinckley Internships, one local and one in Washington, D.C. He is interested in getting involved in politics to advocate for criminal justice and drug policy reform.

pedro.martinez@
hinckley.utah.edu

Kyle Tucker: Administrative Program Coordinator   Kyle provides administrative support for the internship programs and other office functions. He also oversees the Andrew Goodman Foundation ambassadors and HIP Talks. Kyle graduated in 2019 with a degree in political science.   kyle.tucker@hinckley.utah.edu

Kyle Tucker: Administrative Program Coordinator

Kyle provides administrative support for the internship programs and other office functions. He also oversees the Andrew Goodman Foundation ambassadors and HIP Talks. Kyle graduated in 2019 with a degree in political science.

kyle.tucker@hinckley.utah.edu

Nick Cockrell: Student Staff   Nick is a senior studying history and political science at the University of Utah. He has completed two local Hinckley internships and one national Hinckley internship with the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C.   nick.cockrell@hinckley.utah.edu

Nick Cockrell: Student Staff

Nick is a senior studying history and political science at the University of Utah. He has completed two local Hinckley internships and one national Hinckley internship with the Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C.

nick.cockrell@hinckley.utah.edu

Gabriela Villalobos: Student Staff   Gabriela is a sophomore at the University of Utah studying communications and economics. She has completed one Hinckley internship with the Ibarra Strategy Group in Washington D.C. She is interested in getting involved with politics that improve public policy and leadership at a national level.   gabriela.villalobos@ hinckley.utah.edu

Gabriela Villalobos: Student Staff

Gabriela is a sophomore at the University of Utah studying communications and economics. She has completed one Hinckley internship with the Ibarra Strategy Group in Washington D.C. She is interested in getting involved with politics that improve public policy and leadership at a national level.

gabriela.villalobos@
hinckley.utah.edu

 
Christa Ishimwe: Student Staff   Christa is a Junior studying Health, Society and Policy, with a double major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She has completed one global Hinckley internship with Imbuto Foundation in Rwanda. She is interested in global politics that aim to improve health efforts around the globe.   christa.ishimwe@ hinckley.utah.edu

Christa Ishimwe: Student Staff

Christa is a Junior studying Health, Society and Policy, with a double major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She has completed one global Hinckley internship with Imbuto Foundation in Rwanda. She is interested in global politics that aim to improve health efforts around the globe.

christa.ishimwe@
hinckley.utah.edu

 
 

Affiliated Faculty & Advisors

James Curry, PhD, Associate Professor   James (Jim) Curry is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. His areas of research include U.S. politics and policy making, especially within the U.S. Congress. Professor Curry is the instructor for the national internship course and the Capital Encounter course.

James Curry, PhD, Associate Professor

James (Jim) Curry is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. His areas of research include U.S. politics and policy making, especially within the U.S. Congress. Professor Curry is the instructor for the national internship course and the Capital Encounter course.

Tobias Hofman, PhD, Assistant Professor   Tobias Hofmann is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. His work examines the political economy of international institutions, with a focus on multilateral and preferential trade agreements as well as European integration. Professor Hofmann is also the instructor for the global internship course.

Tobias Hofman, PhD, Assistant Professor

Tobias Hofmann is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. His work examines the political economy of international institutions, with a focus on multilateral and preferential trade agreements as well as European integration. Professor Hofmann is also the instructor for the global internship course.

 
Jennifer Robinson, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor   Jennifer Robinson is the associate director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute where she leads research projects that contribute to informed public policy. She is the co-author of two books and numerous book chapters and academic journal articles in the areas of voting rights, legal issues in higher education and public administration. Dr. Robinson is the instructor for the Hinckley Forum Series course.

Jennifer Robinson, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jennifer Robinson is the associate director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute where she leads research projects that contribute to informed public policy. She is the co-author of two books and numerous book chapters and academic journal articles in the areas of voting rights, legal issues in higher education and public administration. Dr. Robinson is the instructor for the Hinckley Forum Series course.

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 Foxley & Pignanelli and the featured Sunday Opinion Page political columnist for the  Deseret Morning News . Frank is a co-instructor of the Campaign Management course

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 Foxley & Pignanelli and the featured Sunday Opinion Page political columnist for the Deseret Morning News. Frank is a co-instructor of the Campaign Management course

 
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, 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).

Jerry Howe, MPA, Adjunct Instructor   Jerry Howe is a Policy Analyst in the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. Additionally, he is 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. Additionally, he is 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.

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.