Opening Ceremonies - NASWA Welcome
Jon Pierpont, NASWA Board President (2019 Association Year) and Executive Director, Utah Department of Workforce Services
Jon Pierpont was appointed executive director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services in December 2012. Pierpont oversees a $1.5 billion budget and a department tasked with administering federal and state programs, including workforce development, eligibility services, public assistance programs and unemployment Insurance.
Pierpont has over twenty years of public service experience with DWS and has served in roles overseeing several agency initiatives. Prior to serving as the executive director at DWS, Pierpont served as the deputy director, eligibility services division director and director of the department’s largest service area. In these roles, he has helped DWS lead the state in cost savings and efficiencies through the creation of an agency-wide throughput operating strategy. Under Pierpont’s direction, DWS has saved more than $33 million and continues its commitment of efficiency and effectiveness in state government. He has also served in the statewide initiative to end homelessness and has received awards for these efforts. Additionally, Pierpont continues to be integral in serving Utah’s refugee community, currently serving as chair of Utah’s Refugee Advisory Board.
Pierpont is a graduate of the University of Utah and has received many awards and recognitions from national and international organizations for his work in the public sector. A leader in the community and state, Pierpont is respected for his focus and strategic approach to public service. He has received accolades for implementing change, leading key initiatives, establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations and creating positive employee morale. A lifelong resident of Utah, Pierpont is the son of former Provo Captain of Police George Pierpont. He is an avid participant in many sporting activities and can often be found running with his dog, Brutus, and spending time with his wife and son.