As a descendant of Scandinavian immigrants who led wagons across the plains to Utah and as the daughter of an Air Force officer, the values of patriotism, service, and heritage were ingrained in Jessica while in her youth. “Learning to adapt and solve problems were hallmarks of my military upbringing; I benefited from the diverse experiences I had in my childhood,” said Jessica. “Yet, the quality of life I have today – what we share together – comes on the backs of the sacrifices my ancestors made when they came to this State. I hope my efforts to preserve our heritage and to promote our community’s long-term stability and quality of life will honor those who came before me.”
In 2019, Jessica was involved in efforts to encourage others throughout Utah to run for public office and felt compelled to do so herself. “I knew I had something to offer during a critical moment for Mapleton,” she notes. “It was intimidating, but I felt compelled to learn as much as possible and be part of the solutions.” With rapid growth already on the horizon for Mapleton in key southern areas of the community, Jessica’s experience in strategic planning, communication, and leadership would come in handy.
Jessica was elected to the Mapleton City Council, beginning her term in 2020. A challenging year worldwide brought unique opportunities to the legislative role. Regarding this time, Jessica notes, “Despite the expedited learning curve, I absolutely loved the meaningful work with the Mayor, staff, Council, and community.”
Three-and-a-half years later, Jessica is once again throwing her hat in the ring to continue the work she loves and to see through her commitment to Mapleton. “In these brief years, we have made key investments that will ensure Mapleton is prepared for growth while simultaneously preserving – and elevating - our service-minded, friendly culture, our scenic views and open spaces, and quality of life.” Jessica continued, “My epitaph should read, ‘She cared and she got stuff done.’ – and, since I’ve already bought my plot in the Mapleton Cemetery, I’m hopeful to have a lifetime in Mapleton to continue proving it.”
Jessica has served as the Council liaison to Public Safety for two years and, previously, as the liaison to Parks and Recreation. Her additional responsibilities have included state-level legislative advocacy as a board member of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, where she works to support effective policy and preserve cities’ rights to govern in ways that support the interests of their own citizens.
Dr. Jessica Egbert is passionate about people and strategy. With decades of leadership experience in higher education, nonprofit, government, and business industries, Jessica has a strategic perspective focused on quality programming, scaled services, and meaningful outcomes.
Hard work, innovation, and continuous feedback have helped Jessica excel in her career. “I bring a good balance of visionary and operationalization; I optimistically look towards and plan for the future, but I also get my hands dirty to get the work done in a systematic manner that allows others to feel engaged, have ownership, and mitigate risk.”
Jessica serves as the Chief Program Officer at Saprea, a non-profit organization working to liberate individuals and society from child sexual abuse and its lasting impacts. She has spent over 20 years with Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, previously employed the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Engagement and is currently on the Board of Trustees. She also served as Chief Innovation Officer for RBM Services and the RBM family of companies.
In addition to her role on the Mapleton City Council, Jessica has served in a variety of leadership roles, including the Board of Directors of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, the American Council on Education Women’s Network Executive Council, as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Utah Women in Higher Education Network, the Board of Directors of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, as Chair of the Women’s Business Network of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Utah Valley University Community Advisory Council, the BusinessQ Magazine Editorial Board, the Provo City Economic Development Strategic Plan Steering Committee, the Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon Licensing Board of the Utah Department of Commerce Division of Professional Licensure, the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of People 4 Utah - Take Action, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross – Central and Southern Utah Chapter. She is the co-founder of the Elected Women of Utah organization and maintains an organizational consulting business, Limelight Leadership.
Jessica is the recipient of many industry and community awards and is a recognized presenter and author on topics such as strategic planning, education, public service, and leadership. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in instructional technology, and a PhD in educational leadership, as well as multiple post-graduate certificates.
An advocate for continuous improvement and lifelong learning, Jessica completed a variety of certificate programs after receiving her PhD in 2013.
Applied Business Analytics Certificate – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Finance for Non-Financial Managers Certificate – Emory University
Advanced Management & Leadership Certificate – University of Utah
Educational Leadership, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – Trident University International
Instructional Technology, Master of Education – American InterContinental University
Psychology, Bachelor of Science – Brigham Young University
Jessica is a recognized presenter and author on topics such as strategic planning, education, public service, and leadership, she is also the recipient of numerous industry and community honors and awards for excellence in achievement, leadership, and service, such as:
Chamber Champion, Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce
Board Recognition Award, American Red Cross
Fab 40, Utah Valley Magazine
Presidential Award of Excellence, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
StartFEST Beehive Award, Beehive Startups
Special Recognition Award, Utah Women in Higher Education Network
40 Under 40, Utah Valley BusinessQ Magazine
Fellow, Federation of State Medical Boards
Jessica’s original or co-authored works have appeared in a variety of organizational publications, including:
International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
American Council on Education - Women’s Network
Association for Institutional Research
Women’s Leadership Institute
The Daily Herald
The Salt Lake Tribune
Jessica lives in Mapleton with her husband of 24 years (Dan), their seven-year-old son, Jessica’s parents, and their two dogs. She loves to connect people with resources and to sit on her deck, mesmerized at Mapleton’s beauty – sometimes doing both simultaneously. Jessica loves traveling with her family, especially to scuba diving locations.