Interim Executive Director
Marina Gomberg is the Interim Executive Director of Equality Utah (having taken a temporary leave
from her role on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors). She is a communications
professional with nearly 10 years experience managing public relations and marketing strategies
for clients in the nonprofit, private and public sectors. She is currently heading the communications
team at the University of Utah College of Fine Arts, and previously worked as a Public Relations
Account Manager and Branded Content Specialist for local PR/advertising firm, The Summit Group
Communications. She also served as the Director of Development and Communications for the Utah
Pride Center, the state’s LGBT community center. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Gender
Studies from the University of Utah, and has been engaged in LGBT activism ever since, including
serving on the Advisory Board for OUTreach Resource Centers and the Human Rights Campaign
(HRC) Utah Steering Committee. Marina’s passions lie in activism, the arts, writing, travel and food.
She lives in Salt Lake City with her wife and cats and is a contributor to The Huffington Post.
Alejandro Mora contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies,
policies and practices, including data management reporting and information flow. In his position
as Associate Director, Alejandro designs and implements strategies that are grounded in research,
include measurable objectives, tactics, and directly supports Equality Utah's mission by ensuring
consistent external and internal messaging and operational processes. In addition to his role at
Equality Utah, Alejandro works to increase community connectedness through a broad array of
intersectional community collaboration and board service. He currently serves on the Salt Lake
County Council on Diversity Affairs, the Utah Coalition of La Raza, and Transgender Education
Advocates. He also serves on the Enriching Utah Coalition and Racially Just Utah: A newly formed
group with a mission to address racial inequalities in our state.
Community Programs Manager
Owen Smith, Manager of Community Programs, applies his time, talent and savvy to our
programmatic work. Owen is an expert in trans* organizing and messaging, leadership development,
capacity and coalition building, field organizing and directing, community education and
empowerment and has brought significant expertise to our nondiscrimination efforts. Owen joined
us in 2013 after years of service at Equality Maryland, where he worked to pass marriage, the md
dream act and transgender specific nondiscrimination laws and elect fair-minded lawmakers.
Utah Unites for Mariage/ Equality Utah Field Organizer
Nicole Christensen serves as Field Coordinator for Utah Unites For Marriage. Nicole brings many
skills to Equality Utah from her years as a congressional staffer having worked in the U.S. House
for five years. Her extensive experience with local and national politics makes her the perfect fit to
lead the candidate endorsement process for Equality Utah. Nicole has experience in local outreach,
building community networks and managing public policy issues. Nicole now works on marriage
equality statewide and partners with community allies to build support for the freedom to marry.
Preston Hilburn is tasked with volunteer outreach, training and engagement in his role as Field
Coordinator 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.
Preston is also tasked with continuing our states progress towards equality by gaining traction in
key legislative districts through the passage of municipal non-discrimination ordinances. Through
his continued work in these key legislative districts, Preston also develops local leaders, further
progressing our efforts towards equality.
Member Relations Coordinator
Sara Jade Woodhouse brings with her years of experience working with Pioneer Theatre Company
in their Development Division. Coordinating Opening Night Galas, building close relationships
with donors, volunteers, staff and artists, maintaining a vast database of donors, subscribers and
individual ticket purchasers helped prepare her for the job of Membership Relations Coordinator
at Equality Utah. She has fostered deep connections with the LGBT community and has used
her educational roots to build understanding between the LGBT and Straight communities. These
skills, along with her attention to detail, ensure timely communication with supporters and accurate
reporting on all member records.