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.

Emily Zárate, Administrative Coordinator

Emily Zárate is the Administrative Coordinator of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion. Emily attended Utah State University, where she graduated in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Law and Society Studies. While at USU, Emily worked at the Latinx Cultural Center, an organization which focuses on academic, educational, personal, and professional growth within the Latinx community on campus. During her time at the LCC, she worked closely with first-generation Latinx students to ensure their success on campus by helping them navigate through college. Emily intends to pursue a J.D. next year. Her interests include technology law, immigration law, and criminal justice reform. In her free time, Emily enjoys weightlifting, reading, and hanging out with her family. 

Summer 2024 Intern

Sabrina Ruiz

Program Development Intern

Brigham Young University

Originally from South Florida, I’m an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, majoring in Environmental Science with minors in Sociology and International Development. As a first- generation student from a  tight-knit Latino community, I’m deeply passionate about environmental and social justice, particularly in underserved areas. My dedication to these causes has been further fueled by my favorite hobbies, such as spending time in the ocean and engaging in community service in Miami. These experiences, combined with my family’s first hand struggles navigating immigration policies, have profoundly shaped my journey toward pursuing law and policy related to environmental and social issues.