Alan Matheson

Executive Director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Alan Matheson

Alan Matheson, Jr. is the executive director of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and senior environmental adviser to Governor Gary R. Herbert. He also worked in the Herbert Administration as State Planning Coordinator. Prior to that, Matheson served as the executive director of Envision Utah where he facilitated public processes to help communities address development and natural resource challenges in a way consistent with science, economic realities, and public values.

Alan also served as the founding director of the Utah Water Project; shareholder in a Phoenix law firm, where he specialized in natural resource and water law, and as senior attorney and environmental policy adviser for Arizona’s largest electric utility. Earlier, he worked as a law clerk for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals. Matheson earned a bachelor’s in international relations from Stanford University and a law degree from UCLA School of Law, where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review.