Salt Lake City

Council District 2

The Westside – Fairpark, Glendale, Poplar Grove

Council Member Bio

Andrew Johnston, District 2

Council Member Andrew Johnston attends a workshop hosted by The University of Utah's Westside Studio in the College of Architecture + Planning.

Council Member Andrew Johnston attends a workshop hosted by
The University of Utah’s Westside Studio in the College of Architecture + Planning.

Council Member Andrew Johnston has been serving residents of the Glendale, Poplar Grove, and Fairpark neighborhoods on the Salt Lake City Council since 2016. His desire to continue the tradition of community improvement and service set forth by his predecessors inspired Andrew to run for City Council.

Prior to being elected to the City Council, Andrew served six years on the Poplar Grove Community Council including two terms as Chair. During his time in Poplar Grove, the Community Council successfully advocated for better crosswalk crossings, neighborhood art and founded the annual “Groove in the Grove” Night Out Against Crime celebration held the first Tuesday of August.

In 2019, Andrew was reelected to a second term by District Two residents and in January 2020, Andrew was elected by his peers to serve as Council Vice Chair. Currently, Andrew also sits on the Utah League of Cities and Towns Legislative Policy Committee and in 2018, was appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert to serve on the Utah State Commission on Housing Affordability.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Andrew has spent nearly 20 years working with issues of homelessness, mental health and addiction in both Utah and Maine. A graduate of both Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and the University of Utah, his professional experience spans various non-profit agencies including Youth Alternatives Inc., Intermountain Healthcare and Volunteers of America Utah. His career has been defined by accepting challenges to bring opportunity to some of society’s most marginalized residents and he views public service on the Salt Lake City Council as another avenue in providing more opportunities.

Andrew’s wife, Clarisa and their children, Caroline and Jackson, are the heart of his life. A life-long soccer player, Andrew loves sports and his family loves spending time together hiking, bicycling, landscaping their yard and playing games with their children.

District Two features The Centennial Park industrial area, which is a major business, employment, and manufacturing area. Popular community institutions include the Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center and Unity Center, Glendale Golf Course, Jordan River Parkway, International Peace Gardens, 9-Line Trail, Jordan Park, Bike Polo court, Jordan Skate Park, and 9 Line Bicycle Park.