Romney Institute Alumni Board

Jay Baughman, MPA 2006

Jay Baughman, MPA 2006

Membership Information:

Current Position: Class Rep
Member Since: 2017

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Job Title: Municipal Financial Advisor
Company: Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham, Inc.
Location: Utah, United States


  • Family Time
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Travel
  • Movies
  • Reading
  • Cooking
  • International City/County Management Association
  • Utah City Management Association


Jay was raised in Issaquah, Washington, in the greater Seattle area. From 1997 to 1999, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Seoul West, South Korea. He attended BYU and received his bachelor’s degree in international studies with minors in Asian studies and Korean. He then went on to pursue a Master of Public Administration from the Romney Institute.

After graduation, Jay took a job in Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked for the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting as a budget analyst. He eventually went to work for the cities of Avondale, Arizona, and Surprise, Arizona as a budget analyst and Assistant to the City Manager, respectively. In 2014, he took a job as City Manager of Toledo, Oregon, a small town situated on the central
Oregon Coast.

After a few years in Oregon, he brought his family back to Utah and now works in the city of Highland as the Assistant City Administrator and Community Development Director. Jay is married to Kristin Thurgood, and they have 5 children.