OED Welcomes New Executive Director and Energy Advisor to Gov. Cox

Thom Carter is the new energy advisor for Governor Spencer J. Cox and the new executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development.

Prior to these positions, Thom was the executive director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), a nonprofit focused on bringing communities together to improve Utah’s air. During his time with UCAIR, Thom played an essential role in helping the Wasatch Front areas reach attainment for the first time in more than a decade. He also played a vital role in helping individuals, businesses, and communities to find practical solutions to Utah’s unique air quality challenges.

Born in Salt Lake City, Thom grew up in New Hampshire and New Jersey. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and has spent his professional career in a variety of industries across the globe.

Along with his energy experience, Thom has worked in Ohio, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and New Jersey in public policy and politics. He also spent time working with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system in Montana and California and with Major League Baseball growing its operations in Australia

In his current role, Thom serves on a number of boards and commissions.  These include the Envision Utah Board and the Western Interstate Energy Board. He was named a Utah Business Forty Under 40 in 2019.

Thom married the former Andrea Mayo in April of 2018. She gave birth to their first child, a son named Isaac, in October of 2019.