SALT LAKE CITY — Sutherland Institute has hired Rick Larsen as vice president overseeing development and thought leadership.
“Rick is a high-impact executive who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position,” Boyd Matheson, president of the conservative think tank, said in a statement. “He will play a vital role in our efforts to strengthen Sutherland’s standing in Utah while expanding our national reach and impact.”
Larsen has led the creation of fundraising strategies and cause-related marketing campaigns for more than 30 years. Past positions include chief development officer at United Way of Salt Lake and owner of Impact Strategic Advisors, a consulting firm whose clients included political campaigns, the Forever Young Foundation’s Give Salt Lake event and the Ragnar Relay Series.
As president and chief marketing officer for Operation Kids Foundation, he managed fundraising, marketing and media relations. He produced five galas honoring the likes of “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh, Ann Romney and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. He has raised funds to rebuild villages in post-tsunami Thailand and support initiatives led by Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees in post-Katrina New Orleans.
He graduated cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in political science with an emphasis on public policy, and consumer and community studies from the University of Utah.