Equality Utah Staff

Troy Williams

Executive Director

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Troy has over a decade experience as a community organizer for the LGBTQ community. He graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor degrees in both Film Studies and Anthropology. Troy was the community affairs director of 90.9 FM KRCL for ten years. He was the executive producer and host of RadioActive. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, SalonThe NationInterview MagazineThe Gay Times and OUT Magazine. In 2010 the Salt Lake Tribune dubbed him "the gay mayor of Salt Lake City." Troy has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, Democracy Now! CBC's Q, and the 2012 SHOWTIME special Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion and Sex. In 2009 he co-wrote the one-woman show, The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon. Troy won Utah Broadcaster Association awards in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014 Troy was also a producer on the TLC original series Breaking the Faith. He became the executive director of Equality Utah in September 2014. 

Nicole Christensen

Associate Director

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Nicole's work in the U.S. Congress for five years for Congressman Jim Matheson has her ready for just about anything. Her experience in government and non-profit sectors brings a skill set to Equality Utah that is critical at this juncture. From working in Washington, D.C. to on the ground here in Salt Lake City and in rural Utah, Nicole has broad experience in local outreach, building community networks and managing organizational and logistical needs. Nicole also worked on marriage equality statewide, managing the Utah Unites for Marriage campaign coalition and partnering with community allies to build support for the freedom to marry across the state. Nicole graduated from the University of Utah in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in International Studies and a minor in Portuguese.  

Preston Hilburn

Programs Manager

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Preston Hilburn is tasked with volunteer outreach, training and engagement in his role as Programs Manager for Equality Utah. After joining the staff for the intensive legislative campaign in 2013 - 2014 he joined our full time staff and currently engages and mobilizes the LGBT community of Utah and our allies around issues, and empowers the community to participate in the civic process.

Conor Bentley

Development & Major Gifts Manager

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Conor has worked in non-profit fundraising for over four years, previously as Development Manager for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera where he oversaw trade relationships, donor recognition and benefits, as well as other stewardship efforts. He attended Rowland Hall-St. Mark's School from preschool until 12th grade, and subsequently taught a variety of humanities classes there in the upper school after earning his B.A. in History from the University of Utah. He also has a Masters in Adult Education from Westminster College. Having lived in Salt Lake City his entire life, he has a deep understanding and appreciation for the local community. Conor is the creator and executive producer of the award-winning NPR parody podcast, Consider Our Knowledge.

Sarah Bell

Membership Coordinator

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Sarah graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in both Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She has worked with different non-profit organizations since graduating, including the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, where she worked with the International Visitor Leadership Program, and at the Humane Society of Utah, working in special events and fundraising.

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