A fierce advocate for Salt Lake City’s neighborhoods, Stan’s passion was ignited in the late 1980s when he learned that UDOT planned to build a freeway interchange at North Temple to channel thousands of cars a day onto 2nd and 3rd Avenues between downtown and the University of Utah.
“I was restoring a house on 2nd Avenue at the time and I thought the interchange was a really bad idea, so I began rallying residents in the lower Avenues to oppose the project. It took a lot of work by a lot of people, but it paid off – the interchange wasn’t built. That taught me about the power of committed neighbors and neighborhoods to take risks and stand up for what we value and care about. I’ve never forgotten it throughout my years of public service.”
Stan’s baptism into neighborhood organizing led to service and leadership positions on the Greater Avenues Community Council and the Salt Lake Association of Community Councils. He helped found the Salt Lake City Community Development Corporation in 1990 to buy foreclosed homes throughout the city and resell them to needy families.
Stan was elected to the Salt Lake City Council in 2009, representing District 3 neighborhoods – Avenues, Capitol Hill, West Capitol Hill/Marmalade, Guadalupe, and Federal Heights. He was reelected to a second term in 2013. During eight years on the Council, Stan held several leadership positions, including chair and vice chair of the City’s Redevelopment Agency Board. Stan served as the Council’s vice chair in 2016 and led the Council as chair in 2017, his last year in office.
Stan is the Executive Director of the Utah AIDS Foundation, a position he’s held since 1999, following five years as Associate Director. He is a past president of the United Way Executive Directors Association, a member of the National Library of Medicine Regional Advisory Committee, an instructor for the University of Utah Nonprofit Academy and an advisory board member for the Human Rights Education Center of Utah.
Stan lives with Ollie, a 14-year-old border collie, in the lower Avenues, where he is restoring a 1906 cottage.