Taylor Knuth

Taylor Knuth

Mayor, Ogden, UT

2023 Endorsement

Taylor is a driven individual who has overcome various obstacles to achieve success in his professional endeavors. Raised by a hardworking single mother, he learned the value of determination and perseverance from a young age. At just 12 years old, Taylor started his first job as a paper boy for the Standard-Examiner. This early experience in the workforce instilled in him a strong work ethic that would shape his future.

Throughout his adolescence, Taylor continued to work, taking on a position as a dishwasher at IHOP when he was only 14, and continued working even as he pursued his education at Weber State University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in just three years.

After earning his degree, Taylor embarked on a rewarding career path. He began his professional journey at the United Way of Northern Utah, where he served as the Community Services and Engagement Director, making a positive impact on the lives of many. He then shifted his focus to fundraising for Onstage Ogden, Ogden's oldest arts nonprofit organization.

Returning to his alma mater, Weber State University, Taylor held a position in development, where his efforts led to the acquisition of millions of dollars in funding for various charitable causes, student scholarships, and community initiatives. Eager to further expand his knowledge and expertise, Taylor also obtained a Master of Arts Administration degree from Southern Utah University and pursued a doctoral degree in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Utah.

Currently, Taylor holds the position of Deputy Director in the Department of Economic Development for Salt Lake City, where he plays a significant role in driving economic growth and opportunity for the city. Outside of work, Taylor lives with his husband Sean and their rescue pets: George, Ted, and Tina.