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.
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.
Manager of Political & Civic Engagement
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 broad experience in local outreach, building community networks and managing public policy issues. Nicole also works on marriage equality statewide, managing the Utah Unites for Marriage campaign coalition and partners with community allies to build support for the freedom to marry across the state.
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
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.