Kent Andersen is the director of community and economic development for Davis County. He oversees economic development, planning, tourism, the Davis Conference Center and Legacy Events Center.
After graduating from Utah State University, he spent seven years in California. He worked in the Eastern Sierra region for a nonprofit community action agency and a workforce housing development organization in the resort community of Mammoth Lakes. He then moved to Sacramento to pursue his master’s degree and to work for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, where he helped create a Joint Powers Authority to consolidate regional homeless services.
In 2011, his love of the outdoors and proximity to family drew him back to Utah. Andersen worked for Syracuse as its city planner, spent six years as Layton’s deputy director for community and economic development, and then as economic development director in West Jordan.
He earned a master’s degree in public policy and administration from CSU–Sacramento, and a bachelor’s of science in environmental studies from Utah State University.