USTAR Office at World Trade Center at City Creek The USTAR headquarters office is located in the World Trade Center at City Creek. The office is shared with USTAR’s partner organizations. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, World Trade of Utah and the Office of Energy Development are co-located to help enhance the ability to build a stronger economy for Utah. The HQ staff oversees the operation of the USTAR mission and provides marketing and administrative functions. For regional outreach, please visit the individual teams.

Meet the HQ Staff

 Ivy V Estabrooke

Ivy V. Estabrooke, Ph.D. Executive Director

Ivy was appointed as the USTAR Executive Director in May 2014.  Prior to joining USTAR she served as the program officer (GS-15) for basic research in the Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare & Combating Terrorism Department at the Office of Naval Research (ONR). While at the ONR, she managed a high risk/high payoff research portfolio including innovative neuroscience programs and cutting edge social and computational science programs. She has also developed and implemented a strategy for examining emerging technology areas globally. Additionally, Ivy led the department’s efforts in support of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Education efforts (STEM), and managed a multi-million dollar yearly investment in the Sciences Addressing Asymmetric Explosive Threats (cIED) basic research efforts for the ONR.

Ivy is a cognitive neuroscientist by training, with technical expertise in psycholinguistics, pharmacological interventions, and statistical modeling. She earned her doctorate in neuroscience from Georgetown University, an MS in National Security Strategy and Resource Management from the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University (formerly ICAF) and a BA in Biological Sciences from Smith College.

 Justin Berry

Justin Berry, Marketing Manager

Justin has over 10 years experience working in communications, marketing and public relations. His experience comes from working with live theatre companies to create and market their “brand” and maximizing their social media reach. He not only created the marking plan, but produced the art and support files to create the visual look and feel of the campaigns. He has a passion for the arts and for learning. He is a graduate of Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications (PR and Journalism). He is also active in the Salt Lake theatre community as a performer.

 Elenor Heyborne

Elenor Heyborne, Marketing Assistant

Elenor is a public relations and marketing assistant for USTAR, and supports staff in promoting USTAR’s mission. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in strategic communication at the University of Utah, and has an expected graduation date of December 2014. Before coming to USTAR, Elenor worked at the Enterprise Business Newspaper for eight years as production manager and copy editor.

 Jim Grover

Jim Grover, Financial Manager and Analyst

Jim brings experience in budget, policy, and operation measures from serving the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget as a budget and policy analyst and operations specialist for economic development agencies and the System of Higher Education. Operational initiatives in which he has participated include the Balanced Scorecard, Optimization Commission, Agency Realignment Commission, 66% by 2020, PACE plan and the Success Framework. He holds a B.A. in Marketing and a M.B.A. from the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. He and his family enjoy biking, running, swimming, and skiing together in Utah’s rich outdoors.


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USTAR North USTAR Central USTAR East USTAR South SBIR