After more than seven years of volunteer and staff work for Equality Utah, Lauren Littlefield will be lending her skills and services to the Salt Lake County Democrats as new executive director.
Littlefield, who is openly lesbian, was the director of field operations and then moved on to be the manager of advocacy and programs with Equality Utah. She’ll be joining the staff for the Democrats in September.
“I am going to miss the people I got to work with at Equality Utah more than anything. The volunteers are amazing,” Littlefield said. “But I am looking forward to working with the Democrats in Salt Lake County. Having Democratic representatives is something that will affect people’s everyday lives.”
Littlefield graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in gender studies and a minor in campaign management. She began volunteering for EU in 2004, during the Amendment 3 campaign and continued helping the organization until she was hired on as a staff member in 2008.
Littlefield is most proud of her involvement with EU’s Common Ground initiative, which helped raise the level of dialogue in the state about queer rights, she said.
She hopes to bring her experience working with grassroots efforts in vetting candidates and helping them be elected to the Democratic Party.
“Democrats are the party of the people,” Littlefield said. “The Democrats are trying to solve real problems for real people, and it’s something I feel very passionate about.”
Littlefield will be replacing Jeremy Slaughter, who left last spring, and the Salt Lake County Democratic leadership is excited to welcome her to the team, said Salt Lake County Democratic Party Chair Mary Bishop.
“We couldn’t be happier that Lauren has agreed to help us in our effort to elect more Democrats in Salt Lake County,” Bishop said in a press release. “She has distinguished herself at Equality Utah as a passionate and dedicated organizer, and we are delighted that she’ll be bringing her many talents to the county party.”
Everyone should get involved, and it is especially important for Utahns who identify as queer to try and better their communities, Littlefield said.
“Do whatever you can to get involved. Walk for a candidate, donate $10, talk to a friend, re-post a story on Facebook. Do whatever you can,” Littlefield said.