Derek began at Sutherland as a policy analyst in 2007. He now oversees Sutherland’s strategic policy and legislative initiatives. He has influenced a variety of public policy issues in Utah, including economic development and regulation; tax and budget; government transparency; public education; religious freedom; Medicaid reform; alcohol regulation; and immigration. His research has been published in Public Budgeting and Finance, and he has provided expert policy analysis and commentary for the LA Times, The Washington Examiner, The Associated Press, The Federalist, KSL/Deseret News, ABC4 Utah, Fox 13 Utah,,, The Salt Lake Tribune and the Utah State Legislature. He has bachelor’s degrees in economics/political science from BYU and is completing a master’s in finance at the University of Utah.


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