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USU Young Alumna of the Year – Shannon Ellsworth, AICP

Shannon Ellsworth’s heart bleeds blue. A third-generation Aggie, Ellsworth spent her freshman year living in Snow Hall — named after her grandfather, Alva Snow.

After graduating in 2013 with a bachelor’s in landscape architecture and environmental planning, Ellsworth worked to develop policies and solutions for natural resources and land management strategies throughout rural areas in Utah. She was recognized for her work on San Juan County’s management plan that included the Bears Ears National Monument. Ellsworth managed community development at Sunrise Engineering and now works for Rio Tinto, the world’s second-largest mining and minerals company, as the senior advisor for U.S. External Affairs.

In addition to her planning work, Ellsworth was elected to the Provo City Council in 2019 as both the youngest-ever and only female currently serving as a councilmember. Ellsworth has been awarded the Community Connection Cornerstone Award by the state of Utah and was recognized as one of Utah’s “40 Under 40” young professionals to watch by the Utah Valley Magazine.

Ellsworth looks back on her time at USU with pride, especially the friendships she made while working on school projects or camping in the area’s beautiful mountains. And, of course, she always enjoys a scoop of her favorite ice cream, Aggie Bull Tracks.

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