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5 Leaders to Join Salt Lake County Housing Solutions Panel on Oct. 7

Posted By Regional Development
September 16, 2021

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As part of Salt Lake County's Regional Solutions event on Missing Middle Housing to be held October 7, five community and business leaders will join the event to provide insight and expertise on the current housing crisis.


Daniel Parolek smiling for the camera.Daniel Parolek — Keynote Speaker, Author, Architect

Daniel is a nationally recognized thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning. His strong interest in diverse building types, at different scales that bridge architecture and urban planning, drove his desire to start Opticos in 2000. Prior to the panel, Daniel will give the event's keynote address as the special guest and expert in Missing Middle Housing.


A man in a suit and tie.Rep. Steve Waldrip — Utah Legislator

Steve brings experience in real estate development, law, government, and public/private partnerships to his service in the Utah Legislature. He serves as co-chair on the Commission on Housing Affordability. He was elected to represent Utah House District 8 in 2018. 

After completing undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, Steve received a master's degree in taxation from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of Utah.

Shawn Teigen with a mustache.Shawn Teigen — Utah Foundation VP & Researcher

Shawn has worked at Utah Foundation for nearly 10 years as its vice president and research director. He worked as a housing policy analyst with Community Action Partnership of Utah and for Utah's chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

He serves on the board of several organizations, including past chairperson of the Salt Lake City Housing Trust Fund Advisory Board.

A woman with blonde hair.Natalie Gordon — North Salt Lake City Council Member

Natalie supports smart growth, responsible use of city resources, and collaborative decision making. Natalie served on the Planning Commission for seven years and is currently employed by the State Board of Education as a School Trust Specialist. 



A man in a suit and tie.Nate Pugsley — Builder, Brighton Homes Founder & CEO

Nate has been involved in the real estate and development industry for more than 25 years. Brighton Homes has extensive experience in developing and building Missing Middle homes along the Wasatch Front. Nearly 12 years ago, since he founded Brighton Homes, it has built more than 4,500 homes across the Wasatch Front, including in Herriman, Riverton, West Jordan, Midvale, and Murray.

The five panelists will answer questions around the housing crisis submitted by attendees at the event.

Register for the Event

Community members, municipal staff, elected officials, business leaders, and students can purchase early registration tickets at lower prices through September 24 at

It will be held at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan, beginning at 11 a.m. and concluding around 3 p.m. As part of the event, attendees will be served a full lunch.