The Salt Lake County Democratic Executive Committee is comprised of elected and appointed volunteers who meet regularly to plan for Party success.

All Executive Committee meetings are open to the public. They typically meet every other Monday evening at 6:30 pm, at the Salt Lake County Democratic Party office at 825 North 300 West, Ste. C400, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. Some occasional exceptions to this schedule do occur.

Click HERE to see an always up-to-date calendar of their scheduled meetings.

The entire Executive Committee may be reached by sending an email to ec@slcountydems.com.


Voting Members

 
Diane lewis, vice chair

Emily Hase, Chair 

emily@slcountydems.com

I have worked on municipal, County-wide, and State-wide campaigns, and am committed to creating a County Party that can provide the tools necessary to elect Democrats to office from local school boards to the State House. I have been a campaign manager and communications director, and know how important it is to have resources available for candidates and campaigns to be successful, and for volunteers and newcomers to the party to feel empowered and welcomed. I have served as 1st Vice Chair of the SLCo Dems, Chair of the County Women's Caucus, and Public Relations Director for the Women’s Democratic Club. I have a B.A. in Political Science (and Music, I am also an opera singer!) and an MBA, and am committed to creating sustainable institutional knowledge and processes that bring our Party success not only in 2019 and 2020, but also in the decade to come. 


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Tyrell Aagard, First Vice Chair

tyrell@slcountydems.com

Tyrell is the First Vice Chair, and formerly served as the Parliamentarian. He has been completely enthralled by politics and government since his early teens—somehow he ended up as the liberal black sheep in a conservative family. Having grown up in very rural Utah, followed by living in Salt Lake County for many years, he has a solid understanding of the unique political quirks of the Beehive State, and is excited to be able to work to get more Democrats elected. He currently chairs the Rules Standing Committee and the Technology Committee, and simultaneously serves as the Vice President of the Young Democrats of Utah. His previous political work includes chairing the Salt Lake County Young Democrats and working as a Field Organizer for the Utah Democratic Party. Professionally, his career has been in development and fundraising for nonprofits focusing on the social issues of hunger, homelessness, and addiction. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah.


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Wendy Garvin, Second Vice Chair 

wendy@slcountydems.com

Wendy is the Second Vice Chair and leads the Issue and Identity Caucus Chairs, and chairs the Platform Standing Committee. She's previously served as Vice Chair of the Disability Caucus and Secretary of the Progressive Caucus. In 2018, she ran for State House in District 41. She also run a weekly roller skating group for LGBTQ youth, to help connect our Utah kids who are so often isolated socially, and give them opportunities for connection and friendship. She worked as both an engineer and program manager at Cisco Systems for 12 years, and has owned her own business as a Service Dog trainer for 10 years, training dogs for Veterans and others suffering from PTSD. 


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Tim Barber, Secretary

tim@slcountydems.com

Tim is proud to serve as your County Party Secretary. He previously served as vice chair of the Salt Lake County Young Democrats, managed successful legislative campaigns and volunteered and canvassed for many candidates all over the county. He works in homeless services and sees providing better resources and opportunities for the neediest in our community as our most urgent political goal.


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Will Shiflett, Treasurer

william@slcountydems.com

When I joined the Salt Lake County Democratic Party Finance Committee I  knew that I had joined the best committee. I want to continue Jennifer's efforts to build a strong, healthy, and sustainable balance sheet that will support our candidates, deliver the training envisioned by our Executive Team, and increase the number of Democrats who hold office in Salt Lake County!

My professional experience includes 18 years of responsibility for finance and budgeting. I am the Chief Operating Officer for a local non-profit with a $600,000 annual operating budget. Previously, I managed multi-million dollar state agency budgets, the largest being $27 million, and served as Actuary for the State of Utah Unemployment Insurance Fund of $797 million. I also have direct experience in the accounting system that our Executive Team uses.

My political experience includes over 15 years of working on municipal and state races. I have been a campaign manager for six races and recently ran for a municipal position in the Midvale/Ft Union area. I serve on the Salt Lake County Democratic Party Finance Committee and am House District Chair for HD44.. I also have been deeply involved in candidate recruitment and am Chair of the Utah Democratic Party Public Relations Committee. 

 


At-Large Representative

Vacant

The Executive Committee includes two appointed At-Large Representatives, which are full voting members of the Committee. Individuals are nominated to this position by a majority vote of the currently-serving voting members of the Executive Committee, then confirmed by a majority vote of the Central Committee.


At-Large Representative

Vacant

The Executive Committee includes two appointed At-Large Representatives, which are full voting members of the Committee. Individuals are nominated to this position by a majority vote of the currently-serving voting members of the Executive Committee, then confirmed by a majority vote of the Central Committee.


Nonvoting Members

 
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Nadia Mahallati, Chief Legal Counsel

nadia@slcountydems.com

Nadia came out of legal retirement to serve as Chief Legal Counsel. In addition to ensuring the Party follows the law and mitigates risks, she has implemented substantial changes to the Party’s Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedures as chair of the Judicial Standing Committee. Nadia also serves as the At-Large Representative on the Utah Stonewall Democrats caucus executive board and is a past president of the Women’s Democratic Club. She is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Utah where she studies public policy, American politics, and persuasion of state legislators. She teaches undergraduate courses in public administration and American government at the U and SLCC.


Antoinette Billings, House District Chair Representative

antoinette@slcountydems.com

The House District chairs select one from among themselves to serve as a nonvoting member of the Executive Committee.


Caucus Chair Representative

Vacant

The Chairs of the Issue & Identity Caucuses select one from among themselves to serve as a nonvoting member of the Executive Committee.


Parliamentarian

Vacant

The Parliamentarian is tasked with being the resident expert on the governing documents of the Salt Lake County Democratic Party and the Utah Democratic Party and the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order. They serve as a resource for the Executive Committee, Central Committee, all Standing Committees, and the Issue & Identity Caucuses to help explain and interpret correct procedures.

This person is nominated by the Party Chair and confirmed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.


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Bonnie Billings, Executive Director

bonnie@slcountydems.com

Bonnie absolutely loves Salt Lake County. She was raised among Dems and has deep ties to the area. She started as the Executive Director of the Salt Lake Democratic Party in 2017. In this job she thrives on fundraising at every level. She also worked as a Field Organizer for the county in 2016 and as a Campaign Manager for several races. Before working in politics, she spent 8 years in Healthcare Administration doing policy auditing, data management, project management, and restructuring as well as co-managing a staff of 15. Bonnie has a B.A. in History with an emphasis on American Political History. Bonnie also has experience in trauma counseling, which, frankly, comes in handy in politics. When she isn't doing political work or attending political events, she likes to cook and hang out with her cat. Seriously, though, it isn't very often that she isn't thinking and doing politics.