SALT LAKE CITY - Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Amanda Smith to serve as his Energy Policy Advisor. Ms. Smith will continue her service as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
"Amanda brings a wealth of experience in the areas of energy development, natural resources, economic development, and water and land issues," said Governor Herbert. "She has helped to find common ground between the Executive Branch, the Legislature, private industries, land owners, and environmental groups on many complicated issues, and I'm confident that she will continue to do so in her new role as my Energy Policy Advisor."
Ms. Smith was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Department of Environmental Quality in May 2009. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Legislative Director for former Governor Jon Huntsman. Before joining the Huntsman Administration, she served as the Government Relations Director for The Nature Conservancy.
"Governor Herbert was very clear in his State of the State address that energy is one of the four cornerstones of Utah's economic recovery," said Smith. "Utah's low-cost and reliable energy has long been one of our state's competitive advantages. I am thrilled at the opportunity to assist the Governor in preparing our strategic plan to ensure that we maintain our energy independence."
Ms. Smith received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Utah and her Juris doctorate degree from Gonzaga University School of Law. She is licensed by the Utah State Bar. Ms. Smith has worked professionally on conservation issues regarding public lands, preservation of private lands, water resources and community planning. She has been a member of the Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Council and has also served as a member of the State Institutional Trust Lands Board of Trustees.
Ms. Smith currently resides in Salt Lake City and is married and has two children.