Julie Fisher, Executive Director, Department of Heritage and Arts
Julie Fisher was appointed executive director of the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts (DHA) in 2012. She manages a department with six distinct divisions that share the common role of ensuring the protection of Utah's cultural heritage and cultivating the high quality of life for which Utah is known. The divisions include the Utah State Library, Utah State History, Utah Arts & Museums, Indian Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Commission on Service & Volunteerism. Through its divisions, DHA provides books and other reading material to all corners of Utah. It also offers an impressive collection of digitized historic photos and documents online free to the public, manages the multi-million-dollar Utah Fine Art Collection, offers a wide variety of grants and professional services and provides tax credits to preserve historic buildings. DHA hosts several major events that connect government and residents. Among them are the Mountain West Arts Conference, the Governor's Native American Summit and the annual Utah State History Conference.
Prior to her current assignment, Fisher was a four-term State Representative, representing Fruit Heights, Kaysville and Farmington. During her time as a policymaker, Fisher was selected to the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, where she served as vice chair of the Labor and Economic Development Committee for three years. She was presented with the Utah Museums Association "Public Service" award in 2011; the Utah Medical Association "Distinguished Legislative Service" award in 2010; the Davis County Chamber of Commerce "Leadership Award" in 2008; and the Davis County Republican Women "Representative of the Year" award in 2006.
Fisher graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She is an avid reader of books on history and politics. They spend time doing genealogy research on their family, and helping others research their family history. They are also collectors of historical documents. She and her husband have four children and two grandchildren.