Equality Utah announced three new members of its board of directors today — James Huntsman, Sen. Steve Urquhart and one of the organization’s original founders, Michelle Turpin.
James Huntsman, the son of philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr., has built his own career as co-founder and partner at Blue Fox Entertainment a global film sales company. Prior to starting Blue Fox, he spent more than 20 years at Huntsman Corporation. In 2016, he was appointed to the Utah Art and Culture Business Alliance by Governor Gary Herbert. He and his wife Marianne are the proud parents of five children.
“I’m thrilled to be involved with an organization who represents the marginalized in our society,” Huntsman said. “We all must work together to bring equal rights and treatment to our entire diverse community.”
State senator Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, who is retiring this January, comes to the board after successfully sponsoring the historic nondiscrimination legislation SB296 in 2015 granting 55,000 LGBTQ Utahns the freedom to live and work without fear of being fired or evicted for who they are or who they love.
“As a senator, I have loved working with Equality Utah to promote civil rights for all Utahns,” he explained. “We’ve made progress, but the promise of liberty and justice is not yet a reality for LGBTQ Utahns. There is more to do. And I am excited to continue battling as a member of Equality Utah’s board.”
Urquhart and his wife Sarah recently relocated to Salt Lake City and are parents of three children.
Local tax attorney and Equality Utah co-founder Michelle Turpin also joins the board. Turpin was also instrumental in the founding of the Utah Pride Center, the state’s LGBTQ community center.
Troy Williams, the group’s executive director, said, “We are eager to put these three to work to advance the work and mission of Equality Utah. Their experience and expertise will be invaluable in creating a state that provides opportunity and protections for all Utahns.”
“Equality Utah’s Board of Directors thrives as a body because of the diversity of expertise, perspectives and lived experiences of its members,” said board chair, Marina Gomberg. “We welcome Huntsman, Urquhart and Turpin with open arms and great anticipation of the contributions their dedicated service will bring to our organization and this movement.”