UAC Staff


Brandy Grace

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, 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.

Current Projects

UAC Affiliates Relations Coordination, Local Government Associations Collaboration, Corporate Partnership Development, Staff Coordination, and Program Oversight

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Lincoln Shurtz

Director of Government Affairs

Lincoln joined the Association of Counties staff in September of 2014 after spending 14 years as the Director of Government Affairs for the Utah League of Cities. Specializing in the appropriations process, economic development, local government issues, and transportation, Lincoln was recognized by the Salt Lake Tribune as “one of the top lobbyists in Utah”.

After four years of active duty service in the US Army as a tank commander, Lincoln attended the University of Utah where he earned a degree in Political Science and a second degree in Economics. He lives in Holladay, Utah.


Current Projects

Legislative Policy Development, Legislative Strategy Development, and Lobbying

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Bryan Rodgers

Communications and Events Manager

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 performs legislative support, communications, and events coordination for the association. He recently received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Utah University.

Current Projects

Association & Legislative Communications Support, Affiliate Support on Public Policy, Legislative Advocacy, Website Development, Training, Event Coordination, & Planning.



Zeke Lee

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.

Current Projects

Legislative Advocacy and Coordination, UAC Legislative Committee Coordination, and Lobbying


Linda Hill

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.


Stuart Clason

Regional Economic Growth Director

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; Clason 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.

Current Projects

County Economic Development Consulting and CRA Consulting and Project Development

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Patrick Mullen

Opportunity Zone and 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.


Current Projects

Opportunity Zones Consulting and Financial Opportunities Development

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Jake Garfield

Public Lands Counsel

Jake joined the Utah Association of Counties in January 2020 after five years as legal counsel at "PLPCO," Utah's Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office.  At PLPCO Jake developed expertise in policy aspects of federal land use planning, NEPA, livestock grazing, OHV access, forest management, oil and gas, and other natural resource issues.  Jake is a strong advocate for the multiple use of public lands and for local government to play an active role in public lands decision making.

Jake holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Utah and a law degree from Brigham Young University.  He lives in Bountiful and enjoys exploring Utah with his wife and three crazy kids.

Tanika Lozano

Administrative Assistant

Tanika joined the Utah Association of Counties. She was raised in Murray, UT and attended the University of Utah where she received a BS in Biology. She is a very family orientated and grew up between Tooele and Murray. Tanika recently made the switch from a background in financial management to UAC with hopes of learning and growing within the organization. She is very driven and ambitious and intends to become a dentist once finished with her schooling.

Tanika loves traveling and has recently lived in Washington DC, Kentucky, and New York City which was her favorite because of all the hustle and bustle. Tanika looks forward to working with like minded professionals at the Utah Association of Counties.

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Katherine Rhodes
UBHC Director

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. In her free time, Katherine enjoys traveling, reading, playing the oboe, and cooking. Katherine lives in West Jordan with her husband.