News Release

Gardner Institute honors community leaders with “Informed Decision Maker of the Year” Award

April 19, 2023 (Salt Lake City) – Each year, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute recognizes individuals and entities that work, often behind the scenes and with little fanfare, to help our community prosper. We call them “Informed Decision Makers” and select them based on criteria consistent with the Institute’s committable core values: Responsibility to the community; Research integrity and relevance; accountability; collaboration; and positivity and passion.

“The Gardner Institute is pleased to honor five outstanding individuals and organizations who exemplify a genuine commitment to their community through their work,” said Gardner Institute director Natalie Gochnour. “These honorees embody the values that define who we are, how we conduct ourselves, and what comprises our work culture at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. We applaud their work ethic, values, and dedication.”

The following individuals and organizations have been awarded the 2023 “Informed Decision Maker of the Year” Award:

Erin Litvack – Erin Litvack has served the people of Salt Lake County for more than 15 years, first as the Director of Community Services before being promoted to Deputy Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer in 2017. In addition, she serves her community through numerous organizations and initiatives, including the boards of the Unified Police Department, Visit Salt Lake, Downtown Alliance, Shelter the Homeless, and the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County. Ms. Litvack has a sterling reputation as a hard-working, empathetic, and a dedicated public servant.

Heidi Walker – Heidi Wa