Leadership

Administration

Executive Director

Margaret Busse

Margaret Busse

Margaret Woolley Busse was appointed as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce by Governor Spencer J. Cox in January 2021. Prior, Busse worked as a social impact and public policy advisor, including serving for several years as the Associate Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School. There, she led efforts to address issues such as future workforce, opportunity and prosperity for all, and educational improvement. Passionate about public service and public policy, Busse spent several years at the U.S. Treasury Department, as well as served as chairwoman of both the Finance and Master Plan committees for the town of Acton, Massachusetts.

Busse holds a MBA from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s degree in both Public Policy and Economics from Brigham Young University, where she graduated cum laude and with university honors. A native Utahn and graduate of Olympus High School, Busse returned to the Beehive State in 2019. She lives in her hometown of Holladay with her husband, Franz, and their 5 children.


Deputy Director

Jacob Hart

Jacob Hart

Jacob started his career as a commercial litigator. His strangest case involved pulling a helicopter across the tarmac of the Ogden Airport in a suit and tie. After five years of private practice, Jacob started state service as an analyst and investigator for the Division of Consumer Protection. He was then appointed as Deputy Director of the Department of Commerce. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Brigham Young University. Originally from a rural corner of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jacob now lives in Salt Lake County with his wife and four small children.

Director

Daniel O'Bannon

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Daniel O’ Bannon has been the Director of the Utah Division of Consumer Protection since June 2013. He worked previously as a staff attorney in Governor Gary R. Herbert’s office and as a research attorney in the University of Utah Office of General Counsel. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

Director

Leigh Veillette

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Leigh Veillette was a Commerce Analyst with the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. Prior to assuming the Commerce Analyst role, Leigh served as an Investigator with the Division and as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Chris M. Comer in the 23rd Judicial Circuit of Alabama. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and Auburn University, but remains a loyal Auburn fan. Leigh is married and resides in Sandy, Utah.

Director

Mark Steinagel

Mark Steinagel

Mark Steinagel was appointed to be Director of the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) in June 2009. Prior to his appointment he was the Director of the Utah Division of Real Estate and earlier was a policy analyst with the Utah State Legislature. Mark began his career with the Utah State Legislature in 2001 while he was completing his Masters Degree in Public Administration at Brigham Young University. Mark's career passions are public service, public policy, and improving government.

Director

Chris Parker

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Chris Parker serves as the Director of the Utah Division of Public Utilities. He was appointed as director in January 2011, and again in January 2021. He leads a professional staff regulating utilities in the public interest. His work has included major cases and settlements on energy, telecommunications, and water issues, including significant interjurisdictional negotiations and agreements.

Chris also served as the Executive Director of the Utah Department of Commerce in 2020. He came to the Department of Commerce from the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel where he served as counsel to various legislative clients beginning in 2004, including committees on utilities, natural resources, government operations, and trade. Prior to his work with the Utah Legislature, Chris served as a law clerk to Justice Michael J. Wilkins at the Utah Supreme Court. Chris is a graduate, with honors, of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and of Weber State University. He and his wife live in Davis County, Utah with their three children.

Director

Jonathan Stewart

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Jonathan Stewart has been the Director of the Division of Real Estate since 2011. Previously, he worked as an investigator with the Utah Division of Securities and Division of Consumer Protection where he investigated fraud cases involving consumer deception, securities and real estate fraud. In his role as investigator, Stewart also prepared evidence for criminal filings, testified in court about investigative findings, and assisted joint investigations with the FBI, SEC, and IRS.

He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology with a Criminology Certificate and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Jonathan and his wife have two children and reside in Riverton.

Director

Jason Sterzer

Jason Stertzer

Jason Sterzer previously served as the Director of the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code for three years, as well as Interim Director of the Division of Securities for the past six months. Previously, he held positions within the Division of Securities as Securities Examiner and Securities Enforcement Analyst. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Sterzer is married with three children and resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Director

Michele Beck

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Michele Beck was first appointed to be the director of the Office of Consumer Services in January 2007
and was reappointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Michele spent
over a decade in the electric industry working for two different utilities and a regulatory agency in
Minnesota. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Utility
Consumer Advocates, on the Member Advisory Committee for the electric reliability organization,
WECC, and on the Future Electric Utility Regulation Advisory Group sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Energy. Michele graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in political science and pursued
graduate studies in applied economics at the University of Minnesota.

Lead Lawyer

Jordan Cullimore

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Jordan Cullimore serves as the Lead Attorney in the Office of Property Rights Ombudsman. Prior to his appointment as Lead Attorney, he served as a Staff Attorney in the Office. He has been with the Ombudsman's Office since September 2015. He also worked as a city planner in Utah before joining the Office. Jordan received his B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law. Jordan is married with 7 children and resides in Riverton, UT.