Our Team

Kaitlyn Pieper, Executive Director

Kaitlyn Pieper is the Executive Director of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Kaitlyn came to UCLI after spending time at the Salt Lake Chamber as the Director of Community Policy, where she led out on housing affordability efforts, supported rural engagement initiatives, and strengthened community partnerships. At the onset of the pandemic, she led Hope Corps’ vanguard program as the liaison for minority and women-owned businesses. She is currently a Research Associate with Utah Women & Leadership Project. In previous positions, Kaitlyn has worked in translation services – both as an interpreter in the local community and as a translation manager, where she traveled globally to deliver training. She has also regularly taught university courses on world literature. Kaitlyn earned her masters degree from SOAS, University of London. She speaks five languages and enjoys people, saunas, and cycling.

Jon Wayas, Associate Director

Jon Wayas is the Associate Director of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Jon came to UCLI after spending the last several years as a stay-at-home dad to his three sons. Jon previously spent time as a legislative fellow in the Salt Lake County Mayor’s office working on municipal code issues and criminal justice reinvestment. Jon earned a BA in English from Brigham Young University. While there, Jon worked as a research assistant on an oral history project gathering interviews from Utah World War II and Korean War veterans. Jon also received a JD from the University of Idaho College of Law. During law school Jon served as the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Critical Legal Studies Journal. Jon also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain learning about international human rights and international environmental law. After law school Jon received an MPA from the University of Utah focusing his major research on increasing volunteerism among men and minority groups. In his free time Jon enjoys coaching his sons’ soccer and little league baseball teams, hiking in Utah’s national parks, and having Lego building contests with his wife and kids.

Layla

Layla Shaaban, Administrative Coordinator and Data Analyst

Layla Shaaban is the Administrative Coordinator and Data Analyst of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Palestine, she moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, where she graduated in April of 2021 with a degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Political Research and Data Analysis and a minor in Legal Studies. While at BYU, Layla was a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, where she conducted an original study exploring the factors that affect the credibility of whistleblowers. She also worked as a research assistant on a variety of projects, mostly centered around the role of identity in political behavior. She intends to pursue a J.D. next year. Her interests include criminal justice reform, civil and LGBT rights, and constitutional law. In her free time, Layla enjoys skateboarding, reading, and thrift shopping.

Lizzie Jarrett, Lead Intern

Lizzie is the Lead Intern at the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. She was born in Salt Lake City and moved to New Hampshire when she was 1. She returned to Utah to attend Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy as well as a minor in global women’s studies. She plans to attend law school after graduation. Outside of school and work she enjoys any and all adventures in the great outdoors.

Fall 2021 UCLI Interns

Carson Coleman

Project Development Intern

Utah State University

Mayeli Garcia-Villagomez

Program Development Intern

University of Utah

Destini Perkins

Program Development Intern

Utah Valley University