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Two Major Leaders Join GOED Economic Development Board

January 08 2014 - 9:26 am

News Release
For Immediate Release
January 8, 2014

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Two Major Leaders Join GOED Economic Development Board
Margaret Lasecke-Jacobs and Josh Romney bring unique expertise to GOED

Salt Lake City, UTAH — The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) is pleased to announce the addition of Margaret Lasecke-Jacobs and Josh Romney to the Economic Development Board. Both Margaret and Josh will bring new perspectives and experience to the board that will enrich the sound counsel offered to GOED.

The Economic Development Board is charged with promoting and encouraging the economic, commercial, financial, industrial, agricultural and civic welfare of the state. The board also advises Governor’s Office of Economic Development staff on the development, attraction, retention and expansion of businesses, industries and commerce within the state.

“We are thrilled that Mrs. Lasecke-Jacobs and Mr. Romney have agreed to join the Economic Development Board,” said Spencer P. Eccles, GOED executive director. “Their knowledge and skills will significantly enrich our board as our board members continue to advise the GOED leadership team.”

Margaret Lasecke-Jacobs has a wealth of experience in marketing and public relations. Recognized early on in her career for her leadership potential, Margaret became one of the youngest vice presidents at Ogilvy & Mather (formerly Dudley Anderson & Yutzy). She later served in senior management positions at Fujitsu America and Oracle Corporation.

After leaving Oracle Corporation in 2000, Margaret formed a marketing and public relations consulting firm. She now serves on the Sundance Institute Utah Advisory Board. Margaret graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from San Jose State University in 1980.

Joining Margaret as a new member on the Economic Development Board is Josh Romney. Josh is the founder of The Romney Group, which owns and operates multifamily, office and industrial properties throughout the U.S.

Josh currently serves on the board of Charity Vision International and as an Executive Board member at the Romney Institute at Brigham Young University (BYU). He earned an undergraduate degree in English from BYU in 2000 and a master’s degree from Harvard Business School in 2005. Other noteworthy experience includes time spent working with both the political and fundraising teams on his father’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

The Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development consists of 15 members appointed to four-year terms by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. No more than eight members are from one political party and the membership represents all areas of the state.



Margaret Lasecke-Jacobs


Josh Romney

About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.