40 Under 40: Shannon Ellsworth

“Don’t forget why you started. Look for allies and be creative.”

Provo City Council • Councilmember • Provo • Age 31

Shannon Ellsworth knows the lay of the land. In 2019 she was elected to the Provo City Council as the youngest-ever member (!!) and sole female. She has a degree in environmental planning and landscape architecture from USU and earned her MBA at BYU. Ellsworth then spent her career working on environmental policy and helping local governments plan for the future, as well as serving on multiple boards, commissions, and non-profits. Did we mention she also has a day job? She works at Sunrise Engineering in Springville as a Community Development Manager. Progress is what happens when Ellsworth is busy making plans.   

CHILDHOOD DREAM “In middle school I wanted to be a lawyer. I won debate competitions on the topic of water conservation, so I thought I’d be a great litigator.”

DREAM MOMENT “I was the author of the San Juan County Resource Management Plan during the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in 2016. I worked with the best people on interesting policy during a time of nationwide media attention.”

ULTIMATE DREAM “Expand my real estate portfolio, preserve the Provo River ecosystem, and get my email inbox to zero.”


MASK MOJO Ellsworth honors the honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


QUARANTINE SURPRISE “I had the attention span for a puzzle!”

QUARANTINE SNACK “Girl Scout Cookies.”

QUARANTINE TAKEAWAY “Let’s continue to care about people’s mental health and well-being.”

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