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Staff & Volunteers

Phone: 801-456-1456 (Please be aware, we are a small staff so please consider emailing us first as we may be able to help you remotely and more efficiently that way.)

Mailing Address: PO Box 576, SLC, UT 84110
Office Address: 865 South 200 West SLC, UT 84101


Kristen Lavelett, Executive Director


Kristen Lavelett is the Executive Director of Local First Utah, a nonprofit organization that works to educate the public, government, and business owners themselves about the value and vitality of locally owned, independent businesses to our economy and communities. A former journalist, curriculum developer and playwright, Kristen now leads the “buy local” movement in Utah, advocating for independent businesses on state, county, and city levels in both urban and rural communities. Her expertise in branding, campaign coordination, and collaborative enterprises have spurred economic development through place making in her hometown of Salt Lake City, and across the state of Utah.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for Urban Food Connections of Utah, and is an ex officio member of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Business Advisory Board, as well as the Vest Pocket Business Coalition. 


Allison Lambert, Operations Manager


Allison Lambert moved to Utah in March 2015 and joined the Local First Utah team the following September as the Operations Manager.  Allison is passionate about building a strong middle class through local entrepreneurship and getting to know her new home state through its unique restaurants, coffee shops, and outdoor activities.  As Operations Manger, she is responsible for serving the needs of Local First’s partner businesses and running the daily operations of the organization. Allison also volunteers with Rosewood Lane, Nazarene Missions International, and the Pregnancy Care Center of Ogden.  She lives in Layton with her husband, two kids, and dog.  

Other Contributions

Web Design: Troy Mumm and Jocelyn Kearl, Third Sun Productions

Web Hosting: XMission

Local First HQ Building Support: Salt Lake City RDA