There’s a new Director in Town!
Living and working in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains has imbued Laura Briefer with a deep respect for the complex environmental needs of Salt Lake City. With 20 years of work and education around culinary water, wastewater, and stormwater, and environmental management, as well as a broad understanding of public values toward the water and environment, Laura is well-suited to the job of Director of the Department of Public Utilities.Laura has served as a special projects manager, water resource manager, and the Deputy Director of the Department of Public Utilities for the last eight years. Salt Lake City’s key position in the water world of the Wasatch Front cannot be underestimated. Public Utilities is the municipal water supplier for 350,000 in the Salt Lake Valley and manager of wastewater and stormwater for more than 190,000 city residents. The department director must constantly balance increasing demands for water as the valley grows, while guarding precious watershed and championing conversation and targeted water use.
Experience in water quality, watershed management, water rights administration, climate change, and public policy have all been pivotal to Laura’s professional growth. Prior to joining the city, she served as Assistant Town Administrator for the town of Alta, and also as Executive Director of the non-profit conservation organization Friends of Alta. She managed intergovernmental relations, emergency management, land management, and provided expertise on watershed and environmental matters for governments throughout Salt Lake County.
Laura has been a key member of many recent environmental policy projects, each of them stakeholder-intensive and long-ranging. She has collaborated on Envision Utah’s Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow project; the Mountain Accord; the Mountain Transportation Study; the federal Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act and many others. In 2013, she was named one of the Community Foundation of Utah’s “Enlightened 50” for her professional and personal commitment to resource conservation and environmental protection.
Laura has been a key player with the Carpe Diem West Healthy Headwaters Leadership Team. We are proud to toot her horn and call her one of our own.
Read about the appointment announcement in the Salt Lake City Tribune here.
March 10, 2016
Photo Credit: Salt Lake City Tribune