Kristen Cox, Executive Director, OMB, State of Utah

07.18.2018 - By In The Arena

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Kristen Cox knows about constraints. After the fiscal crisis, the Executive Director of the Utah Office of Management and Budget applied the same kind of fiscal stress tests the Federal Reserve uses on banks to do a reality check on the State of Utah’s books. It surfaced both the state’s strengths and vulnerabilities. Her life is really a story about strength and vulnerability. In coming terms with becoming blind, she hit bottom in a man hole. That’s not a metaphor.  Nor is her solo skydiving.  But they do give you a sense of the highs and lows she’s confronted.  And she’ll tell you that embracing your constraints makes for good public policy – and a good life.

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