Rachel Otto Ted Wilson
Get to know our panel before our first show on April 22nd at Club 50 West. It just happens to be Earth Day that day.
Rachel was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has been a westerner since moving to New Mexico in 1998. She arrived in Salt Lake City in 2001 for graduate school at the University of Utah in British and American Literature, and fell in love with everything about the place except for the air quality. After teaching undergraduate composition courses for the University of Utah and Utah State, Rachel discovered that she was still only educated enough for two things: returning to ski bumming in Taos, or going to law school. She chose the latter, and completed her J.D. at the University of Utah in 2008 with a certificate in natural resources law. Though she has always been involved in the non-profit world, Rachel spent five years practicing employment and civil rights law for a boutique firm in Salt Lake before taking the helm at Breathe Utah in 2014.
Ted was the 30th mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1976 until July 1985. He won three elections. Wilson resigned during his third term to become the director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah where he held an adjunct assistant professorship of Political Science.
Highlights of Wilson’s administration included re-construction of the Salt Lake City International Airport, re-building the city’s sewage treatment plant, re-tooling the water system, and expanding the green space of the city’s parks department. Wilson also initiated and passed the first historical and foothill preservation ordinances in the city’s history. Currently, Ted is the Executive Director of UCAIR.