Vice President, Policy
Derek began at Sutherland as a policy analyst in 2007. He now leads Sutherland’s policy team – including overseeing policy content creation and strategic policy positioning – and offers expert analysis and commentary on Utah’s tax policy. During his career at Sutherland, Derek 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 the Social Science Research Network, and his work has been presented at academic conferences and college campuses from Nevada to Florida, including at the United Nations. He has also provided expert policy analysis and commentary for the L.A. Times, Washington Times, HuffPost, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, Associated Press, The Federalist, KSL/Deseret News, ABC4 Utah, Fox 13 Utah, Wallethub.com, Utahpolicy.com, The Salt Lake Tribune and the Utah State Legislature. He has bachelor’s degrees in economics/political science from BYU and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Utah.