PRESS RELEASE: New Executive Director Says Ensuring Access to Justice Top Priority in Utah

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Kelly Striefel and Kai Wilson

PRESS RELEASE: New Executive Director Says Ensuring Access to Justice Top Priority in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah—As “and Justice for all” prepares to celebrate 20 years of increasing access to justice in Utah, the Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Kelly Striefel as Executive Director.  Hired in 2016, Striefel began her tenure as the organization’s Development Director.  In 2018, Striefel became Interim Executive Director replacing Kai Wilson who served in the position for 25 years.  Striefel commented, “I am so excited and honored to serve as Executive Director.  Every day I’m reminded about the importance of this work and its positive impact on the lives of thousands of Utahns.”

Kelly grew up in Northern California raised by her mother, grandmother and eventually her step-father. Striefel says that her Grandma Kay has been one of the most influential person in her life.  “I saw how hard everyone in my family worked just to make ends meet.  Although we had very little, my grandmother taught me about the importance of giving and service.  Her spirit of community and generosity shaped how I see the world.  She respected everyone equally.  It’s an honor to lead an organization that lives the values of equality, compassion and service. Grandma Kay would be proud!”

Striefel is excited as she looks to the future of “and Justice for All”.  “This is a unique collaboration within the world of civil legal aid.  It serves as an example to other organizations looking to make an impact.  I look forward to educating the community about our services and working with our Board and mission-partners to identify long-term strategies that will ensure AJFA is around and helping 20 years from now.” 

When Kelly is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, her 8 year-old son, Parker, and the family dog, Diesel.  She is an avid golfer who also enjoys traveling, snowshoeing and camping.

About “and Justice for All”
“and Justice for All” is a joint fundraising collaboration between Utah’s three primary providers of civil legal aid in Utah—Utah Legal Services, Disability Law Center and Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. These three nonprofit providers offer free civil legal representation and programs that help people in Utah receive justice, protect their well-being and overcome poverty. The organization also provides funds to other legal service agencies including Catholic Community Services Immigration Program, DNA Navajo Legal Services, Holy Cross Ministries, International Rescue Committee, Timpanogos Legal Center, Utah Dispute Resolution and Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Legal Clinic.  Learn more at www.andjusticeforall.org or by following the organization on www.facebook.com/UtahAJFA.

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