Alan Matheson

Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Alan Matheson is the executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and senior environmental policy advisor to Governor Gary R. Herbert. Previous to his work with the State of Utah, Matheson was the executive director of Envision Utah where he facilitated public processes to help communities address development and natural resource challenges in a way consistent with science, economic realities, and public values. He organized and managed stakeholder groups, facilitated broad public involvement, and helped bring divided communities together to solve controversial and complex challenges. Alan also served as the founding director of the Utah Water Project, was a partner in a Phoenix law firm, where he specialized in natural resource and water law, and was senior attorney and environmental policy advisor for Arizona’s largest electric utility. Matheson earned an A.B. degree from Stanford University and a law degree from UCLA School of Law, where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review.