UEA Policy Ambassadors

2024 Policy Ambassadors

Every year dozens of policy changes affect Utah’s public schools but these changes don’t always result in the best outcomes for students and educators. Learn how YOU can influence policymaking to achieve better outcomes for students and the education profession by joining the UEA Policy Ambassador program.

The Policy Ambassador program is designed to:

  1.  Build a cohort of trained educators to speak on policy issues.
  2.  Develop and apply leadership skills to positively impact public education.
  3.  Magnify educators voice in the policymaking process.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend:
    • Leadership and skills training at a Fall Retreat (Saturday, Oct 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Salt Lake City area)
    • Legislative preview meeting (Thursday, Feb 1 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Salt Lake City area).
    • Educator Day on the Hill (Friday, Feb 2 from 7 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Capitol)
    • Legislative committee meetings (online)
    • Legislative wrap up meeting (Thursday, March 7 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. virtual)
  • Write one legislative update for UEA’s Under the Dome website describing the Policy Ambassador experience (Jan – March 2024)
  • Contact State Senator and State Representative on a policy or funding issue
  • Track education policy issues during the 2024 legislative session via UEA’s Under the Dome website and the Utah Legislature website


Additional Details:

  • Program runs from Oct 28, 2023 – March 30, 2024
  • A $100 stipend will be paid upon completion of all program activities.
  • Hotel, mileage and substitute costs will be paid for mandatory in-person meetings (Fall Retreat and Educator Day on the Hill)
  • Up to 20 participants will be selected


  • UEA member in good standing
  • Interest in developing a greater awareness of education policy as well as leadership and advocacy skills.
  • Must be able to attend in-person meetings on October 28, February 1 and February 2
  • NO prior policy experience is required!


Applications for the 2024 Policy Ambassador program are now closed. Please consider applying next year.


Questions? Contact:

Dr. Sara Jones

Director, Government Relations and Professional Programs

(801) 417-0241


2023 Policy Ambassadors

This fall, 20 educators were selected as UEA Policy Ambassadors and six educators were selected as Advanced Policy Ambassadors. The program launched with a Fall Retreat led by members of the UEA Legislative Team. The training focused on logistics of the legislative process and lobbying, developing leadership and advocacy skills to positively impact public education, and learning to magnify educator voice in the policymaking process.

UEA Policy Ambassadors engage in a series of activities related to the 2023 legislative session. In addition to training at the Fall Retreat, Ambassadors will participate in a Legislative Preview meeting, attend UEA Educator Day on the Hill, speak with their elected representative and senator, attend legislative committee meetings, and write about their experience for UEA’s Under the Dome webpage.

Congratulations to our 2023 UEA Advanced Policy Ambassadors!

Annette Croucher                Washington
Brian Barnum                       Granite
Lauren Rich                           USDB
Christianna Hoyt                  Granite
Ashlyn Drew                          Tooele
Kristofer Work                      Jordan

Congratulations to our 2023 UEA
Policy Ambassadors!

Rebecca Allen                         Canyons
Amy Antonini                         Davis
Brady Arnold-Diaz                 Granite
Julie Beane                              Canyons
Issachar Beh                            Murray
Aironn Bishop                         Millard
Jodie Burch                             Davis
Kirsten Federico                     Granite
Diane Flood                            Alpine
Jason Jones                             Davis
Stephanie Jones                       Alpine
Haley Kelly                             Granite
Mary Morgan                          Park City
Kathleen O’Donnell                Granite
Nancy Peterson                       Salt Lake City
Jeff Saunders                          Tooele
Darci Shepherd                       Davis
Tami Supino                           Davis
Kristen Thomas                       Park City
Shelley Timothy                      Tooele

Recent Policy Ambassador Posts

We Must Be Diligent to Protect Our Society from Prejudice – Legislative post by UEA Policy Ambassador Kristine Martin
Legislative report submitted by UEA Policy Ambassador Kristine Martin, math teacher at Grand Middle School in Grand County School District It’s ...
Now Is the Time to Seize the Day – Legislative post by UEA Policy Ambassador Hillary Emmer
Legislative report submitted by UEA Policy Ambassador Hillary Emmer, school counselor at Copper Mountain Middle School in Jordan School District and ...
Should School Boards Decide If Masks are Necessary? – Legislative post by UEA Policy Ambassador Tony Zani
Legislative report submitted by UEA Policy Ambassador Tony Zani, literacy coach at Rose Park Elementary School in Salt Lake City School ...

Questions? Contact:
Dr. Sara Jones
UEA Government Relations and Professional Programs Director
801-417-0241 | sara.jones@myUEA.org