Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Bringing 30+ years of public and community service to work on societal change.
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Experience

Experience

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Legislator.

Non-Profit Executive. Community Advocate.

Journalist

In a life journey that began on a produce farm in the outskirts of Salt Lake County, Rebecca doesn’t forget her roots, nor the opportunities that set her on her path to public service.

experience

Education

Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) – December 2006
Member, Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society
University of Utah

Bachelor of Arts – December 1982
University of Utah
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication

Employment

Managing Member
Aspira Public Affairs, LLC
December 2015 to Present 

Adjunct Faculty – Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program
University of Utah
Summer 2010 to Present

Co-owner
Lone Peak Realty & Management, LLC
November 1993 to Present

Member, Utah House of Representatives - District 24
Utah State House of Representatives: Minority Whip (2014-16),
Minority Assistant Whip (2012-14)
January 2008 to December 2018

Communications Coordinator
Utah State House of Representatives – Minority Caucus
August 2007 to December 2007

Interim CEO
Centro de la Familia de Utah
April 2006 to September 2006
November 2004 to July 2005 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Director of Community Affairs
Centro de la Familia de Utah
August 1999 to October 2007 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Public Relations Coordinator
Utah Museum of Natural History
November 1991 to April 1995 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Public Relations Counselor
Hal Gardiner and Associates, Public Relations
August 1990 to November 1991 – Salt Lake City, UT

Public Relations Manager
Utah Girl Scout Council (Now known as Girl Scouts of Utah)
June 1987 to August 1990 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Public Relations Assistant
Utah Public Employees’ Association
June 1985 to June 1987 – Murray, Utah

Reporter/Writer
Uinta County Herald
May 1984 to June 1985 – Evanston, Wyoming

Honors

Ohtli Award - Government of Mexico, Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) (2019)

Ignacio Zaragoza Award - Lifetime Achievement, Centro Civico Mexicano (2019)

Changemaker, United Way of Salt Lake (2019)

Distinguished Woman Award, American Association of University Women (AAUW) - Salt Lake Branch (2019)

Quintus C. Wilson Alumni Achievement Award, University of Utah Department of Communication (2019)

Legislators of the Year - with Utah Representative Marc Roberts (R-Salem), FairVote (2018)

Government Official of the Year, Community Action Partnership of Utah (2018)

Public Official of the Year, YWCA Utah (2018)

Distinguished Service Award, American Society for Public Administration, Utah Chapter (2018)

Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck Scholarship Fund, Utah Translators and Interpreters Association (2018)

Advocate of the Year, Utah Academy of Family Physicians (2018)

Outstanding Community Service Legacy Award, Neighborworks Salt Lake (2017)

Allies Award, Equality Utah (2017)

Pacesetter Award, Women Legislators’ Lobby/Women’s Action for New Directions (WiLL/WAND) (2017)

Outstanding Service to Children and Families, Utah Association of School Psychologists (2016-17)

"Pay Dirt” Club - Alumni Hall of Fame, Bingham High School (2016)

Community Service Honoree, League of Women Voters of Salt Lake (2016)

Distinguished Alumni Award, U of U College of Social and Behavioral Science (2014)

AARP Capitol Caregiver Award - Utah, (2016,2014)

Pioneer in HIV, Utah AIDS Foundation (2014) 

Community Trailblazer, Women Business Leadership Award, Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2014)

Outstanding Achievement Award – Public Service, YWCA Utah (2013)

Pete Suazo Political Action Award (2013)

You Represented Me Utah Award, Represent Me Utah (2012)

Enlightened 50, Community Foundation of Utah (2012)

Sunshine Award, Utah Society of Professional Journalists (2011)

Latinas en Accion - Lider, Utah Latin-American Chamber of Commerce (2010)

Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Award, Utah Coalition of La Raza, 2002

Finalist, Zions Bank Up-and-Comers Award (1993)

Utah Hispanic Women’s Leadership Institute (1991-92)

1989 Young Careerist, Utah Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs

Volunteer Community Service

United Way of Salt Lake
Member, Board of Directors (2014-Present)
Co-Chair, Public Policy Committee (2018-Present)
Member, 211 Coordinating Committee (2016-Present)
Member, Education and Immigrant & Refugee Integration Change Councils (2007 – 2008)
Member, English Language Opportunities Change Council – Co-chair (2006-07)

Envision Utah
Member, Board of Trustees (2010-Present)
Member, Executive Committee

HECHO (Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and the Outdoors) 
Member, National Advisory Board (2015-Present)

University of Utah National Advisory Council (NAC)
Member (2019-Present)

Governor’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee
Member (2019-Present)

Plan-B Theatre Company Board of Directors
Board President (2018-Present)
Board Member (2015-Present)

Governor’s Multicultural Commission
Member (2012-Present)

Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Committee
Member (2018-Present)

Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center
Member, National Advisory Board (2018-Present)

Compassion and Choices
Member, National Latino Leadership Council (2018-Present)

Episcopal Diocese of Utah
Member, Episcopal Community Services Board (2016-Present)
Member, Standing Committee (2010-13)
Member, Peace & Justice Commission (2007-2014)
Chair, Commission on Ministry, (2002-04)
Member, Communications Committee, (1986-88)

Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission
Member (2018-Present)

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Member, Board of Directors (2018-Present)

Rural Utah Project
Member, Board of Directors

Real Women Run at the YWCA
Member, Organizing Committee (2011-Present)

Utah Valley University
Utah Women & Leadership Project Ambassador

LDS Hospital
Community Advisory Committee Member (2003 – 2018)

Utah Women’s Forum 
President (2007-08)
Board Member (1996 – Present)

Intermountain Healthcare Board of Trustees 
Board Member (2005-2013)

ACLU Board of Directors 
Board Member (2009-2014)

Planned Parenthood
Action Council Advisory Council (2008-2010)

Voices for Utah Children
Policy Matters Early Childhood Policy Planning Committee (2007-08)

National Children’s Health Study
Member, Advisory Committee, U of U Vanguard Center (2007-Present)

YWCA Utah
Member, Board of Directors (2005-08)

Utah Coalition for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
Advisory Board Member (2003-07)

KRCL 91-FM
Substitute host, “Radioactive,” call-in public affairs program (2004)
Co-host, “La Voz de la Gente,” Hispanic public affairs radio program (1989-2003)

Planned Parenthood Action Council Governing Board 
Political Committee (2002-2008)

Planned Parenthood Association of Utah
Board of Trustees (1993-2001)
President (1997 – 1999)
President-elect/Vice President (1995-1997)
Board Development Committee (1996-2002)
Co-chair, Community Services Committee (1994-1997)

Utah Department of Health
Rape and Sexual Assault Media Campaign Committee (1997)

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Southwest Forum, Utah Caucus Facilitator (1996)

American Heart Association, Western Region Affiliate
Latino Task Force – Utah Representative (2001-2003)

Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Utah 
Class President (2000-2001)

Utah Nonprofits Association/Utah Society of Fund Raisers
Philanthropy Day Committee (2002-2003)

Association for Women in Communications 
President, Utah Chapter (1992-1993)
Vice President/President-elect (1991-1992)
Member (1987-Present)

Utah Girl Scout Council Nominating Committee (1999-2001)

NETWORK magazine, Editorial Advisory Board (1995-97)

International Association of Business Communicators (1986-92)
JOBLINE Chair (1990-1991)
Intercom (Chapter newsletter), Editor (1988-89)
Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (1987-91)
State Young Careerist Chairperson (1990)

Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff (1988-90)

Western Pacific Gazette 
Managing Editor (1988-90)

Hispanic Women’s Association of Utah 
Managing Editor (1991-1998)

Utah State Democratic Party (1985-Present)
Member, Executive Committee (1993-95)

Memberships

Planned Parenthood Action Council/Utahns for Choice (1994-Present)
Sierra Club (1994-Present)
ACLU (1991-Present)
National Council of La Raza (1999-Present)