A Utah native, Rebecca Chavez-Houck holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Master of Public Administration (MPA), both from the University of Utah. She represented Salt Lake City’s District 24 in the Utah House of Representatives from 2008-18, focusing primarily on public policy related to health and human services as well as voter engagement and access.
She now serves as Executive Director for Utahns for Responsive Government/Better Boundaries and also provides leadership coaching and community engagement consulting through her public affairs firm, Aspira Public Affairs, LLC (aspirainspires.com). Rebecca and her husband, Martin Houck, enjoy traveling throughout Utah and the Western US in their Class C RV. She reflects on their journeys in her blog, “Roam with a View” (roamwithaview.tumblr.com) and writes a monthly companion column of the same name for Vamoose magazine (vamooseutah.com).
Her passion for social justice advocacy and progressive public policy was forged in the multicultural community of Bingham Canyon, where her parents met. Rebecca’s compassion for the less fortunate, pride in cultural diversity, commitment to the environment, and support of our public lands was undoubtedly shaped by her parents’ influence.
Rebecca served as a public affairs staffer for a number of local Utah nonprofits from 1985 to 2007 and cultivated a parallel “career” as a volunteer for myriad local and national nonprofits. She teaches nonprofit administration courses as adjunct faculty in the University of Utah Master of Public Administration program.”