Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. She also serves as the chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber. In these roles she helps connect the Eccles School with the broader business community and shares applied economic and business research.
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 a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, serving as an associate administrator at the EPA and deputy to the secretary at Health and Human Services. For seven years she led the public policy endeavors of the Salt Lake Chamber. Gochnour writes regular columns for Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News.
In 2012, Gochnour was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for business from the YWCA Salt Lake City. She has also been honored by Wasatch Women magazine as the “Wasatch Women of the Year,” an honor bestowed to women in the community who elevate the stature of women and serve the community good. Gochnour serves on the Salt Lake City International Airport Board, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation Board and Primary Children’s Medical Center Board. She is a gubernatorial appointee to the Governor’s Economic Development Council and vice-chair of Envision Utah, one of the nation’s most successful quality growth partnerships.
Gochnour has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. She also teaches Public Finance for the Economics Department.