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 leads the state’s premier public policy institute, 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 counselor to the secretary at Health and Human Services. For seven years she led the public policy priorities of the Salt Lake Chamber.
Gochnour has authored over 250 published columns in Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News and co-hosts the weekly radio program Both Sides of the Aisle on KCPW public radio. She has been recognized by the Downtown Alliance for leading the Downtown Rising movement, YWCA of Salt Lake City for an Outstanding Achievement Award for business, and Wasatch Women magazine as the “Wasatch Woman of the Year.” She serves on the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, World Trade Center Utah, and Primary Children’s Hospital boards. She is also a Utah Transportation Commissioner and vice-chair of Envision Utah.
Gochnour has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and teaches public finance.