More than 25-years ago Jackie visited Utah on a ski trip and never left. Like so many people, Jackie fell in love with Salt Lake City’s natural beauty, proximity to the outdoors, the warmth of the people, and the overall quality of life. After that first trip, Jackie knew that Salt Lake City was where she wanted to build her life, raise a family and contribute to her community. Jackie and her wife Betty Iverson currently live with their two sons, Archie and Jack, in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City. Read more...


Patrick Leary - Chief of Staff

Patrick Leary has spent his professional career working in local government administering large organizations such as the Office of the District Attorney, the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office, as well as serving as Associate Director for the Administrative Services Department and Director of the Public Works Department of Salt Lake County. In January 2013, Mayor Ben McAdams appointed Patrick as the first Township Executive, responsible for providing municipal services to the 160,000 residents living in the unincorporated areas of the County. In his role as Township Executive, Patrick has spearheaded economic revitalization efforts, parks and green-space improvements, enhanced transportation planning, as well as tackling tough problems like health, safety and community development.

Patrick is originally from Salt Lake City and continues to live in the city with his wife Amy and their two children.



David Litvack - Deputy Chief of Staff

David Litvack served as the Coordinator of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) in the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office, Office of Regional Development beginning in 2008. In his role as CJAC Coordinator, David worked closely with local officials within the county and state criminal and social justice system to develop strategies to reduce recidivism, improve information-sharing between agencies, and enhance the use of data driven decision making. David represented Central City and West Salt Lake as a legislator from 2000 – 2012. During his twelve years in the Utah House of Representatives, David served two terms as the Minority Leader, as well as serving on the Health and Human Services Committee, Executive Appropriation, Law Enforcement and Justice Committee, and the Legislative Management Committee. In his role, David as Deputy Chief of Staff, David will oversee policy development and analysis for the administration.

David moved to Salt Lake City in 1987, attended Westminster College, and currently lives in Salt Lake City’s Central City neighborhood with his wife Erin, their two children, and dog.




Tina Benj came to the United States as a refugee from Sudan more than a decade ago. She graduated from Highland High School and earned an Associate’s Degree from Salt Lake Community College.
Tina has been a mentor and job coach for clients at the Work Activities Center, where she worked with adults with disabilities. She has conducted market research for a feature film company and provided customer service to members of a time-share vacation club. She has also served as an interpreter for Arabic and Dinka speaking clients at the Asian Association of Utah.



Jodi buckalew - Executive ASSISTANT

Originally from Illinois, Jodi Buckalew arrived in Utah in 1983, the year of “the flood.” She is a proud army wife, mom, and nana. She loves working with people and helping them find a solution that fits them best. It’s part of the reason she joined Mayor Biskupski’s Office. Because there is no better feeling then lending a hand to those in need. 

Jodi is also an avid Utes fan, and never shies away from expressing it. 



Simone Butler - Executive Assistant to the Mayor

Simone Butler grew up in Portland Oregon and attended Scripps College in Claremont, CA where she earned a degree in Hispanic Studies and Politics and International Relations. Simone was the deputy field director on Mayor Biskupski's campaign and lives on the east side of Salt Lake City.

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David Bier most recently worked at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a non-profit dedicated to finding cures and supporting treatments for blood cancers. He is passionate about LGBT rights, human rights, women's rights advocacy work and international humanitarian efforts.  

David is currently pursing a Bachelors of Science in Public Service and Policy from Arizona State University. He is a Midwest native - born and raised the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.




Fatima Dirie was born in Barawa, Somalia. In 1994, her family was forced to move to Mombasa, Kenya due to civil war in Somalia. At the age of nine she came to the United States as a refugee, where she began to pursue her dreams of higher education. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in global social work in 2014. 

Fatima has over a decade of experience with refugees and immigrants, in advocacy, case management, community development and Youth leadership development while working at USU-Extension, Asian Association of Utah, and University Neighborhood Partners. During her spare time Fatima enjoys traveling and taking on various adventures.



Yolanda FrANCisco-Nez - Director for Office of Diversity & Human Rights

Yolanda Francisco-Nez has worked in various roles in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s office since 2000. In 2008, she was appointed as Coordinator of the Office of Diversity and Human Rights (ODHR) by Mayor Ralph Becker. In an expanded role with Mayor Biskupski’s administration, she will continue to oversee ODHR, and will also serve as a policy advisor on issues of diversity and minority affairs to ensure greater equity and inclusion in city government, education, and economic development.

Yolanda was born on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and moved to Salt Lake City as a child.



Tina Heidorn - Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Christina (Tina) Heidorn is a born and raised “Jersey” girl. Tina spent fifteen years in the banking industry and changed careers in April 2012 when she moved to Utah. She quickly became involved in the LGBTQ community and found a passion for equality concerns. She was the Director of Administration at the Utah Pride Center and a board member of the YWCA’s Young Women’s Council from 2013 – 2015.  Tina was also the Finance Director of the Utah Pride Festival for three years.
Tina resides in Sugar House. In her free time, you can find her snuggling on her couch with her husband David and their two cats. You’ll always find Tina on Facebook, Instagram and especially Pinterest. 




Hildegard Koenig emigrated to Utah 25 years ago from Venezuela, and has resided in Salt Lake City for over thirteen years. She has over a decade of experience working with underserved communities in the area of women’s rights, advocacy and education. Hildegard has worked for YWCA of Salt Lake City,  Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.

She is the proud mother of two LGBTQ children, and committed to serving Salt Lake City in this richly diverse community.

Represents districts: 2, 4, and 7



Kaletta Lynch - Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff

Kaletta Lynch is a native of Lithonia, GA. She majored in Political Science at Dillard University until Hurricane Katrina hit during her senior year.  After Hurricane Katrina she returned to the University of Maryland, where she had participated in a summer research initiative with the Center for American Politics and Research, and earned her B.A. in Government and Politics.  While at UMD, Kaletta helped edit the manuscript, "Guide to Political Campaigns in America," and completed extensive research on the effects of voting machines on election results.    

Kaletta is a former intern for the U.S. House of Representatives, administrative assistant for Emory University's Office of Governmental and Community Affairs, federal background investigator, and administrative assistant to the Chief of Staff & Director of Governance and Policy at Georgia Perimeter College.  

Kaletta lives with her husband, Marlin, and daughter.



Holly Mullen - Deputy Director of Communications

Holly Mullen is a Salt Lake City native and graduate of the University of Utah. She worked as a journalist for 30 years at newspapers around the country, including 10 years at The Salt Lake Tribune as the paper’s first female sports editor and later, a popular op-ed columnist. From 2011 through 2015 she served as Executive Director of the Rape Recovery Center in Salt Lake City.

Holly is married to former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson, is the mother of two and stepmother of five and lives in Sugar House.



Lynn Pace - Senior Advisor, IntergoverNmental Affairs

Lynn Pace has worked for Salt Lake City since 1996.  He graduated from the University of Utah and the University of Chicago Law School.  He worked for many years as the Deputy City Attorney in the City Attorney’s office and currently works as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor for governmental relations. For the past 12 years he has supervised the City’s legislative advocacy efforts with the Utah State Legislature, and has handled inter-governmental issues with Salt Lake County and other local government entities.  He also currently serves as the President of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, a City Council member in Holladay, the past president of the Utah Municipal Attorneys’ Association and as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah.

Lynn and his wife Lisa are the parents of 7 children. When he is not working on City stuff, he enjoys hiking, gardening and raising backyard chickens.



Christine Passey - Coordinator for disability rights/special projects

In 2011, Christine Passey began advocating and fighting for effective public policy to help her daughter and children with autism all over the State of Utah. Her advocacy on the issue resulted in the passage of meaningful legislation in 2012 and 2014. In 2014, Christine ran for the Utah House of Representatives, narrowly losing by 53 votes, but bringing a mother’s awareness and passion to issues affecting the lives of so many. Christine has served as the Director of Friday’s Kids, an organization focused on strengthening the families of those with special needs, as well as the Vice President of the Utah Autism Coalition.

Christine received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah.



Robin Pratt - Office Manager

Two questions influence almost everything Robin Pratt does: "How does it currently work?" and "How do I make it better?" She loves streamlining processes involved in managing any project, and creating user-friendly "how-to" manuals to document the details. Robin has served in an administrative capacity at multiple local nonprofits over the last ten years, including the YWCA-Utah, Utah Nonprofits Association, Utah Cultural Alliance, and Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy. Robin holds Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Business Administration. 

Originally from California, Robin came to Salt Lake City over 25 years ago. She and her husband have raised two sons, and enjoy the mix of urban and rural experiences Utah has to offer. 



Matthew Rojas - Director of Communications

Matthew Rojas has spent most of his career dedicated to the issue of LGBTQ equality, specifically working to develop and coordinate messaging to motivate various audiences to take action for change. For nine years, Matthew served as the Director of Membership for Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting for LGBTQ equality in courts around the country. In this role, Matthew served a key function in the organization’s communication strategy, with a focus on data driven, person-to-person, multi-channel marketing. Matthew has also assisted other national nonprofits and groups in developing messaging and strategy to reach key audiences.

Matthew was born and raised in the Salt Lake area and is a proud graduate of Judge Memorial—Go Bulldogs! After a thirteen year hiatus in New York City, he returned home to the beautiful Wasatch Mountains where he currently resides in Sugar House.



Nate Salazar - Community Liaison

Nate Salazar was raised in the East Central neighborhood, he attended Bryant Middle School and East High School. Nate was actively involved in the Douglas Neighborhood Association and served as the vice-chair of East Central Community Council. Since 2013, he has served as chair of the Salt Lake County Democratic Hispanic Caucus. Nate is the president and co-founder of the Frank Cordova Foundation. In 2014, Nate was appointed by Mayor Ralph Becker to serve on the Salt Lake City Public Library Board of Directors and served as vice chair of the board.

Nate holds a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Based Practice. He currently teaches in the school of Social Work at the University of Utah.

Represents districts: 1, 3, and 5



Jennifer Seelig - Community Relations Director

Jennifer Maurine Seelig has been involved in politics and public service for more than decade.  She served as policy and research analyst for the Salt Lake City Council, as well as for Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson; served as the communication and legislative policy analyst for the Utah League of Cities and Towns; and worked for 1-800 CONTACTS as their Associate Director of Governmental Relations. Jennifer was elected by District 23 residents in November of 2006 to serve in the Utah House of Representatives. In 2012, her peers in the Utah House Democrat Caucus elected her into the leadership position of Democratic Leader. She is the first woman to serve in this role.

Jennifer is currently finishing a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Utah. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Utah and a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville. She has been a proud Rose Park resident for nearly 15-years.




Lia Summers has a background in marketing strategy, market research, and customer messaging. Most recently she worked with Discover Financial where she served at the company’s Chicago headquarters on the new initiatives team, and in Salt Lake on the marketing and customer experience research team. Lia is excited to put her marketing background to work promoting Salt Lake City’s arts and culture opportunities.

Lia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah. She is also a proud graduate of the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, where she studied theatre, with an emphasis on Shakespeare. 




Moana Uluave-Hafoka was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was raised on the Westside of Salt Lake and attended Edison Elementary, Glendale Intermediate, and East High. Moana is a Gates Millennium Scholar and graduated with University Honors from Brigham Young University in English and a minor in Sociology. In May 2014, she graduated with a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since Moana was a teen, she has been actively engaged in her Glendale/Poplar Grove community as an elementary school paraprofessional, volunteer writing tutor, mentor, Pacific Islander artist activist and most recently as a Community Programs Assistant at the Sorenson Unity Center. Today, you can find Moana still living in Glendale with her husband, Maika and their new baby, Linita.

Represents district: 6