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

  Gerrit Seymour      Administrative Program Coordinator   Gerrit first got involved with the Hinckley Institute as a student where he completed three internships. Gerrit serves the office in various capacities, including website maintenance, managing HIP Talks, and assisting with the internship programs.   gerrit.seymour@hinckley.utah.edu

Gerrit Seymour      Administrative Program Coordinator

Gerrit first got involved with the Hinckley Institute as a student where he completed three internships. Gerrit serves the office in various capacities, including website maintenance, managing HIP Talks, and assisting with the internship programs.

gerrit.seymour@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@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@utah.edu

  Miranda Best                  Outreach Coordinato  r   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 Hinckley 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 Hinckley outreach efforts on campus.

miranda.best@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@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@utah.edu

 
   Kyle Tucker                         Student Staff   Kyle is a senior at the University of Utah majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. He has completed one local Hinckley internship with the office of Congressman Chris Stewart and participated in the Capital Encounter Program.   kyle.tucker@utah.edu

 Kyle Tucker                       Student Staff

Kyle is a senior at the University of Utah majoring in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. He has completed one local Hinckley internship with the office of Congressman Chris Stewart and participated in the Capital Encounter Program.

kyle.tucker@utah.edu

 
 

Affiliated Faculty & Advisors

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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).