Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Dr. Laura Nelson as his energy advisor in May 2016. She also continues to serve as the executive director for the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, a position she has held since 2014. Prior, Dr. Nelson served as the vice president of government and regulatory affairs for Potash Ridge, Corp., the vice president of energy and environmental development for Red Leaf Resources, and the energy advisor for Utah Governor Jon M. Huntsman. For two decades, Dr. Nelson has been proactive in defining and supporting balanced and sustainable energy solutions, including providing Congressional testimony, participating in regional collaborations, working with counties and cities, and coordinating across diverse stakeholders to deliver positive policy, regulatory and commercial results. As part of her current duties, she serves on several energy boards. Dr. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah.