Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s appointment of Jennifer Seelig to the Utah State Fair Park Board of Directors was unanimously confirmed on May 18 by the Utah Senate.
The Senate, meeting in interim session, confirmed Jennifer to a newly created board seat that requires a Salt Lake City resident who lives adjacent to the Park. Jennifer has lived in the neighboring Rose Park community for 15 years.
“Jennifer came to mind immediately for this important board appointment, not only because she meets the residency requirement, but because she has been a tireless advocate of Fair Park’s mission and its vital place in Utah and in Salt Lake City,” the Mayor said.
Jennifer served eight years in the Utah House of Representatives, including two years as the first woman Minority Leader of the House Democratic Caucus. In her current role with the Mayor’s Office, Jennifer leads a team of three community relations liaisons. They meet regularly with the city’s 27 community councils and organizations, working to address constituent concerns and suggestions.
“I’ve always supported the rich history of Fair Park and its link to our state’s agricultural heritage,” Jennifer said. “The Park, with all of its assets, marries together our rural and urban lives. It’s a space with incredible potential, and it’s time we truly showcased it in our capital city.”
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Louisville, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Utah. She is finalizing work toward a PhD in public administration and political theory from the U. of U.
After many years of debate related to Fair Park, the 2016 Legislature revised several provisions related to its operations and management, including composition of the board. Board members serve four-year terms.