Salt Lake Chamber: 8 Questions With 2021 ATHENA Natalie Gochnour

November 9, 2021

Natalie Gochnour is Associate Dean of the David Eccles School of Business and Director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. She is also the chief economist of the Salt Lake Chamber. In these roles, she provides the political leadership that helps Utah thrive.

Gochnour’s experience includes a diverse mix of public service and business experience. During her public service, she advised Utah Governors Norm Bangerter, Mike Leavitt, and Olene Walker. She also served as Political Officer in the George W. Bush administration, as an assistant director to the EPA, and as advisor to the secretary of Health and Human Services. For seven years she directed the Salt Lake Chamber’s public business priorities.

Gochnour has authored over 250 published columns in Utah Business Magazine and Deseret News, and co-hosts the weekly public radio show Both Sides of the Aisle on KCPW.

She has been recognized for her service and example in the community by the Downtown Alliance, YWCA of Salt Lake City, South Valley Chamber, Friends for Sight, Girl Scouts of Utah, and other community-based organizations. Gochnour also serves the community by serving on the boards of the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, Utah Transportation Commission, OC Tanner, Altabank, and Primary Children’s Hospital. She is also vice chairman of Envision Utah and World Trade Center Utah.

Gochnour holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and specializes and teaches in public finance.

On November 19, the Salt Lake Chamber will honor Natalie Gochnour as the winner of the ATHENA Leadership Award 2021 at the Women & Business Conference and the ATHENA Awards Luncheon. This award is given to an active member who shows creativity and initiative in business, provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improving the quality of life of others in the community, and helps women achieve their full leadership potential.

We asked her a few questions to get to know her a little better:

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