Justin Jones

Justin Jones

Sr Director - Gary R Herbert Inst Pub Policy

Office: FG-205

Mailstop: 194

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Justin Jones is the executive director for the Gary R. Herbert Institute for Public Policy. The Herbert Institute engages students and the community in thought-provoking public policy issues. The Herbert Institute supports UVU's mission by providing the community and students a unique opportunity to participate in public policy conversations, internships, and events that honor and highlight Governor Herbert's 31-year legacy of community service.

Before the Herbert Institute, he served as the Chief of Staff to President of Utah Valley University (UVU) starting in August 2016. In this position, he oversaw and directed the operations, projects, and events that promote presidential initiatives. In this role, he worked as the liaison between the President, the Board of Trustees, and divisions of the University. His most recent work included directing the successful leadership transition from outgoing President Matthew S. Holland and welcoming UVU's seventh President, Astrid S. Tuminez.

Prior to joining UVU, Jones was the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for the Salt Lake Chamber and the Executive Director of Prosperity 2020 and Education First. Prior work includes directing all communication and marketing at Rio Tinto Kennecott; senior advisor to the president, government relations director, and spokesperson at the Utah Transit Authority, and grants specialist in the administrations of Governor Michael O. Leavitt.

He has a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Utah Valley University and a Master of Science, Intermodal Transportation Management from the University of Denver. Justin lives in American Fork, UT with his wife and their four children.