Board & Staff

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Board of Directors

Paul C. Huntsman

Paul Huntsman served as the owner and publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune until he donated his ownership to create the nation’s first nonprofit metropolitan daily in 2020. Paul serves as Chair of the Board of Directors and as President of Huntsman Family Investments, LLC. He has over 25 years of board-level, operations and transactional experience in industrial, financial and investment services companies. He served as a Vice President at Huntsman Corporation from 1996 to 2004 and as a Senior Vice President at Huntsman Gay Global Capital, LLC from 2009 to 2013, where he sourced, executed and managed private equity transactions. Mr. Huntsman previously served on the boards of Citadel Plastics, Huntsman Chemical, and the Clark Planetarium, and currently serves on the boards of This Is The Place Park Foundation, American Pacific Corporation, GTA Teleguam and the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Linda Daines

Linda Daines has been with Goldman Sachs for more than 27 years, working with wealthy families, foundations, private companies and pensions. She became a managing director in 2001. She served as founding co-head of the Leadership Council for U.S. Private Wealth Management. She is a former director of the GS Trust Company. Linda earned her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Before business school, Linda was chairman of the music department at the Spence School in New York. A former cellist, she serves as a trustee of the School of American Ballet.

Fred Esplin

Fred Esplin recently retired as  Vice President for Institutional Advancement at The University of Utah. His responsibilities included oversight of the Alumni Association, Development, Red Butte Garden, and the University’s public television station. Prior to his assignment as VPIA, Fred served as the Vice President for University Relations (marketing, communications, government relations, public broadcasting, and Red Butte Garden). Much of his early career was in public broadcasting, where he was manager of KUED Channel 7, having earlier worked in marketing and development for WITF-TV-FM, the Pennsylvania Public Television Network ,and for PBS in Washington, D.C. He has degrees from Southern Utah University and The University of Utah, and has taught courses at The University of Utah and at the Pennsylvania State University. Esplin has served on boards of Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Utah, the Utah advisory board to the Trust for Public Lands, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Utah Humanities Council, the Utah Arts Council and United Way of Salt Lake City. Fred is a first-generation college student, having grown up in a cattle ranching family in southern Utah.


Fraser Nelson, Executive Director

Fraser Nelson is leading the Utah Journalism Foundation’s effort to secure a sustainable future for local and independent journalism in Utah. She brings decades of social innovation leadership to this effort, including with The Community Foundation of Utah, the Sorenson Impact Center, and “And Justice for All.”

Jessica Sweeney, Director of Development


Liz Morales, Membership Coordinator