Bridge Builder Awards e-Breakfast Series2020-05-07T07:42:56-06:00

In a time of hyper-partisanship and political polarization, let’s come together to honor Utah leaders who demonstrate exemplary bridge building — bringing people together rather than dividing us to seek solutions to public problems.

Join us in celebrating the recipients of the 2020 Action Utah Bridge Builder Awards!

2020 Bridge Builder Award Recipients

2020 Legislative Leader Bridge Builder Award Recipient

Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi) - For Building Bridges Around Housing

Sen. Anderegg is a prolific legislator serving Utah’s District 13 since 2013, proposing bills over his tenure to address issues ranging from energy and water to wage gap and housing. As the co-chair of the Utah Commission on Housing Affordability, Sen. Anderegg has spent the past two years working to reduce the state’s housing shortage, passing important legislation in 2019 and 2020 to encourage affordable housing development and providing $10M to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund.

2020 Legislative Leader Bridge Builder Award Recipient

Rep. Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) - Awarded For 20 Years Of Building Bridges In The State Legislature

One of our longest-tenured state legislators, Rep. Patrice Arent has served as both a House Representative (District 36) and a State Senator (District 4) for a total of 20 years of service in the Utah State Legislature. She serves as the co-president of the National Association of Jewish Legislators and a co-chair of the bipartisan Clean Air Caucus, which she co-founded in 2013.

In 2011, the Utah Democratic Party awarded her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award. Over the course of her political career, Rep. Arent has passed groundbreaking legislation on clean air, elections, safe haven, consumer protections, ethics and more. Previously, Rep. Arent was a division chief in the Utah Attorney General’s Office, worked at a private law firm, taught at the University of Utah College of Law and was Associate General Counsel to the Utah Legislature. She recently announced that she will retire from public office at the end of 2020.

2020 Community Leader Bridge Builder Award Recipient

Morissa Henn (Community Health Director, Intermountain Healthcare) - Awarded For Building Bridges Around Suicide Prevention

Morissa is a researcher and community health director at Intermountain Healthcare and prominent voice in Utah for suicide prevention using means restriction. She often partners with gun advocates to spread the word about firearm safety to reduce suicides. She co-authored the legislature-commissioned 2018 Harvard study “Suicide and Firearm Injury in Utah” and in 2019 helped spearhead a public-private partnership to create a major suicide prevention education campaign in Utah. Morissa received a doctorate in public health at Harvard and received a master’s degree in public health from Columbia.

2020 Student Leader Bridge Builder Award Recipient

Piper Christian (Sophomore, University of Utah) - Awarded For Building Bridges Around Climate Change

Piper became a climate activist at Logan High School after attending the COP21 UNFCCC Paris Climate Conference as a youth journalist. She gave a Tedx Talk in 2016 called “Tell a Story: Protect the Planet” and founded the Logan Environment Action Force at her high school, a student group that introduced and led the statewide campaign to pass HCR 7 through the Utah Legislature in 2018. The resolution resulted in unprecedented environmental dialogue and action to address climate change in Utah.

More recently, Piper has become the founder and president of Utah Climate Advocates, a student organization at the University of Utah dedicated to climate policy engagement and environmental justice projects. She is deeply grateful to Action Utah for their instrumental support in the advocacy work she has participated in.

Bridge Builder e-Breakfast Series

Rather than one large in-person gathering, we’ve transformed our 2020 Bridge Building Breakfast into a series of smaller e-gatherings, each including a celebration of the 2020 Bridge Builder Award Recipients, brief remarks by keynote speaker Reed Galen, and a unique opportunity to join a moderated conversation with a guest of honor about bridge building in our communities.

Tickets may be purchased individually or in virtual tables. Space is limited at each event – so be sure to get your tickets today!

May 4

May 5

May 6

May 7

May 8

Session 1
8:00-8:45a

“What Will It Take For America to Come Together?”
A conversation with Reed Galen, independent political strategist.

No Longer Available

Session 3
8:00-8:45a

“How Can Political Parties Work Together To Protect the 2020 Elections in Utah and Beyond?”
A conversation with Reed Galen, independent political strategist.

No Longer Available

Session 5
8:00-8:45a

“Building Bridges Around Suicide Prevention”
A conversation with Morissa Henn, recipient of the 2020 Community Leader Bridge Builder Award

No Longer Available

Session 7
8:00-8:45a

“Building Bridges Around Climate Change”
A conversation with Piper Christian, recipient of the 2020 Student Leader Bridge Builder Award

Session 9
8:00-8:45a

“Media Trends In These Changing Times”
A conversation with Renai Bodley Miller, General Manager of KPCW 91.7FM

No Longer Available

Session 2
9:00-9:45a

“What Will It Take For America to Come Together?”
A conversation with Reed Galen, independent political strategist.

No Longer Available

Session 4
9:00-9:45a

“How Can Political Parties Work Together To Protect the 2020 Elections in Utah and Beyond?”
A conversation with Reed Galen, independent political strategist.

No Longer Available

Session 6
9:00-9:45a

“Building Bridges Around Housing”
A conversation with Sen. Jake Anderegg (R-Lehi), recipient of the 2020 Legislative Leader Bridge Builder Award

No Longer Available

Session 8
9:00-9:45a

“Building Bridges For 20 Years in the State Legislature”
A conversation with Rep. Patrice Arent, recipient of the 2020 Legislative Leader Bridge Builder Award

Session 10
9:00-9:45a

“Media Trends In These Changing Times”
A conversation with Renai Bodley Miller, General Manager of KPCW 91.7FM

Reed Galen

Keynote Speaker

Reed Galen - Independent political strategist

Reed worked on the 2000 and 2004 campaigns of President George W. Bush. Between campaigns, Galen spent a year at the White House and served the Bush Administration at both the US Department of the Treasury and the Department of Homeland Security. Reed also served as Deputy Campaign Manager for John McCain’s presidential campaign and Deputy Campaign Manager for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2006 re-election campaign. Since 2016, Galen has been a leading voice in the independent political and electoral reform movements, helping organizations, ballot measures, and candidates work to provide voters more and better choices at the ballot box.

Guest Speaker

Renai Bodley Miller - General Manager of KPCW 91.7FM

Renai is a 25 year veteran of the television news business. She was a news producer in Roanoke, VA, Richmond, VA, Miami, FL, and Washington, DC before moving to Utah in 1996 to be the Executive Producer at KSTU Fox 13. In 1999, she was promoted to Vice President/News Director. Under Renai’s tenure, Fox 13 expanded its news coverage from 2.5 hours to 10 hours of news a day. In 2015 she signed on with KPCW as a reporter, and less than two years later she was promoted to General Manager. Renai has a passion for politics and was a founding board member of the Utah Debate Commission. She is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Radio Television Digital News Association.

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Sponsor Info

Action Utah is a 501(c)(4) organization. Ticket sales and table sponsorships are not tax deductible. You may purchase a virtual table through Action Utah Education Fund (AUEF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Sponsorship amounts paid to AUEF exceeding the fair market value of $20 per virtual seat at your table may be deductible under tax law. Please send an email to Andrea Himoff to enquire about purchasing an Action Utah Education Fund virtual table sponsorship.