Chief Executive Officer
Brandy Grace was appointed CEO of the Association in July of 2019. Brandy's 24 years in county government, service as a county elected official, experience as UAC's President and most recently as COO, and her understanding of UAC's members all make her uniquely qualified to fulfill this role.
Brandy's experience gives the association a new outlook on member relations and program development. Brandy has been a strong advocate for members and is committed to building value by meeting member needs through collaboration, education, and outreach.
UAC Affiliates Relations Coordination, Local Government Associations Collaboration, Corporate Partnership Development, Staff Coordination, and Program Oversight
Director of Government Affairs
Hunter joined the Association of Counties staff in 2021.
Legislative Policy Development, Legislative Strategy Development, and Lobbying
Corporate Relations Program Director
Bryan joined the Association in November of 2017. He was raised in South Jordan, UT and graduated from the University of Utah in 2009 with a B.S. Degree in Political Science. After graduation, Bryan was hired as the Southern Utah District Manager for the Associated General Contractors of Utah in St. George. Bryan, his wife Jessica and their three children enjoyed their time in beautiful Southern Utah for seven and a half years. Bryan served as Chairman of Leadership Dixie, a notable leadership group in Washington County.
Bryan works with Corporate Partners of the Association. He recently received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Utah University.
Director of Operations
Linda joined UAC in November of 2018. With over 35 years of experience in Business Consulting and Project Management, Linda has worked with companies such as Freddie Mac, CVS Health, United Airlines, as well as Hill Air Force Base, the Department of the Navy and several Government Contracting companies. With four generations having served and represented each branch of the US Military, including her son and daughter, Linda’s sense of patriotism and admiration for those that serve our country is ever-present.
Having spent much of her life traveling from one duty station to the next, she has had the rare opportunity to visit and live in many places around the globe. Linda is a proud alum of both the University of Maryland and the University of Phoenix. She enjoys camping, hiking & exploring new places but can most often be found spending her spare time visiting any one of her four grandchildren who live in various places throughout the country.
Legislative Affairs Manager
Zeke joined the UAC staff in September 2019. Prior to joining UAC, Zeke worked as a public affairs consultant for Bank of America.
Additionally, he has worked on several successful local government campaigns and in 2016, he began working at the Olene S. Walker Institute at Weber State University where he coordinated congressional, state, and local government internships. He was also responsible for organizing institute events. Zeke is a proud Weber State Wildcat and enjoys golfing, sport shooting, and traveling. He speaks Spanish, German, and sometimes English.
Legislative Advocacy and Coordination, UAC Legislative Committee Coordination, and Lobbying
Regional Economic Growth Manager
The UAC Regional Growth Program will involve aligning county specific economic development strategies with existing implementation tools like tax incremental financing and opportunity zones and creating new tools if necessary. This program is designed to meet the unique needs of participating counties. Stuart brings experience to this program and previously served as the Associate Director of Regional Transportation, Housing and Economic Development at Salt Lake County; Stuart worked on several major regional development issues, and he is prepared to assist other counties in the state in a similar fashion.Stuart was previously with Salt Lake County where he directly managed the county’s tax incremental financing portfolio, economic development revolving loan fund, parking structure revolving loan fund, environmental loan fund, and municipal economic development services. He has also worked for the Utah Governor’s Office of Energy Development, and he was the Director of Economic Development for Salt Lake City. Stuart holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in Economic Development from the London School of Economics.
County Economic Development Consulting and CRA Consulting and Project Development
Opportunity Zone & Financial Incentives Director
As Opportunity Zone and Financial Incentives Director, Patrick, works to manage the State of Utah’s Opportunity Zone program in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Sorenson Impact at the University of Utah.
Prior to this role, Patrick was the Executive Director of Impact Investing at Sorenson Impact where he worked on over $250mm of private investments, including with the Sorenson Impact Foundation where he worked to help build its portfolio across four continents and various philanthropic, debt, and equity structures. During his tenure at Sorenson, he was also a part of launching several new business units, including the firm’s pay-for-success practice with initial funding from President Obama’s White House Office of Social Innovation.
Prior to Sorenson, Patrick was a Senior Associate with the University Venture Fund (UVF) and started his career as an Analyst with The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. working in their Global Securities Division. Patrick graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Finance and was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2017.
Opportunity Zones Consulting and Financial Opportunities Development
Katherine Rhodes joined the Utah Association of Counties in March of 2020 after six years of employment in the Utah Attorney General’s Office. While there, she focused on the Opioid Task Force, the Mental Health Crisis Line Commission, and the SafeUT App and Commission. She also ran the AGO internship program and youth program, developed the White Collar Crime Offender Registry, and managed special projects. Her work with the AGO has garnered over ten Best of State Awards. She is passionate about making behavioral health services available to all Utah residents.
Katherine was raised in Cottonwood Heights. She received her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Political Science. Katherine lives in West Jordan with her husband.
Alyssa joined UAC in September of 2020. She is Brandy's right-hand woman and assists her with anything she may need. While working for the Association, Alyssa also works towards her degree in Political Science at the University of Utah. Alyssa attended Jordan High School and played for the Girls Soccer Team. She is a natural leader and started on Varsity in her freshman year. She graduated from high school a year early as a 4.0 student and has enjoyed pursuing her education and learning.
Alyssa comes from a military family and is a proud patriot. In her free time, she loves to travel the world and explore new places. Alyssa also enjoys spending time with her family and her miniature dachshund puppy, reading, exercising, and baking.
Marcus joined UAC in January 2021. As the Regional Growth Program Financial Analyst he undertakes projects that assist rural Utah in diversifying its economy. He also supports statewide economic development initiatives including the Utah Inland Port Authority.
Prior to joining UAC, Marcus started his career working with Congressman Ben McAdams, where he focused on the business community, constituent relations, and managing the district office internship program. Through his outreach, he returned over $900,000 in withheld federal funds to individuals and businesses in the 4th Congressional District. During the COVID-19 pandemic he expertly guided small businesses through various financial relief options at the local, state, and federal level.
Marcus graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's in Political Science and a minor in Business Management. He enjoys wakeboarding, cooking, exercising, and discovering new places.
Laura joined UAC in April of 2021. She started her career in Utah in 2007 as a Majority Assistant for the Utah State Senate after graduating from Utah State University in Logan. Although she grew up in California, Laura has spent the last 14 years sharpening her skills her in Utah as a political fundraiser and elite event planner. Her years of experience include the following: coordinating the 2011 National Governors Association Annual Conference in Salt Lake City; working on a US Senate campaign in Las Vegas in 2010 and the Mia Love Congressional Campaign in 2012; lobbying with Hunter & Company for many years; acting as the Executive Director at the Canyons School District Education Foundation for three years; and working as the primary fundraiser for the Utah State Senate Republicans and the Utah House of Representatives. She most recently spent a few years as an event consultant for a national mobile bidding company, working with non-profit organizations from around the country to raise funds for their causes.