Land & Environment

ILWA Welcomes Stephanie Frohman as New Associate Director

Stephanie Frohman will join the Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water, and Air as associate director.

The Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air has announced the appointment of Stephanie Frohman as its new associate director. Frohman brings over two decades of leadership, strategy and partnership development experience to the institute, most recently serving as the senior vice president of strategy & partnerships at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

“Stephanie’s position will add significant capacity and momentum to our team,” said Brian Steed, executive director of ILWA. “We’re fortunate right now to have more opportunities to engage than we’ve had ability to take advantage of. We expect our rate of growth and impact to expand even more with Stephanie joining the institute. We’ve been looking for a greater presence on the Wasatch Front, and Stephanie’s Salt Lake-based position will provide that.”

During her tenure at EDCUtah, Frohman designed and launched several long-running initiatives including EDCUtah’s Global Strategy & Outreach, Know the Customer and Mega Sites programs.

Her most recent role focused on strengthening partnerships with hundreds of private sector partners and overseeing marketing and communications strategies for both in-state and external audiences.

“I’m thrilled and humbled to be joining the ILWA team,” Frohman said. “I’ve admired their work since I was first introduced in 2022 and am a firm believer that their impact at the intersection of good science and good policy will make a positive difference for Utah’s sustainable future.”

In her new role at ILWA, which she starts on March 11, Frohman will leverage her extensive background in strategic initiative development and stakeholder engagement to expand the institute's impact on community and business partnerships for Utah’s shared resources.

Initially, Frohman will coordinate the institute’s involvement with the Utah Air and Water Innovation Grant through the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, engage on ILWA’s participation with the Salt Lake City 2034 Olympics sustainability committee, and develop resources for Utah business sustainability.

"We are extremely proud to have Stephanie join our team," said Anna McEntire, managing director of ILWA. "We’ve been inundated with calls and well wishes from so many who know what a great and valuable contributor she will be to the institute. Her deep knowledge of our statewide communities and her passion for sustainability and stewardship will be instrumental in our efforts to connect critical land, water and air research with decision makers in the state."

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to EDCUtah, she worked in medical device engineering and software account management and dedicated a year to AmeriCorps service. She is an avid skier, hiker and world traveler. In 2018, she took an extended leave of absence to backpack the world with her husband and two daughters.

USU’s Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water, and Air was established in 2021 with endorsement by the Utah Legislature. Its mission is to guide Utah land, water, and air policy by connecting decision-makers with high-quality research. For more information about the institute and its initiatives, visit


Stephanie Frohman
Associate Director
Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water and Air


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