Appointed in 2023.
Born and raised in Ogden, Utah, Javier Chavez, Jr. is an attorney and small business owner. With over 20 years of experience in legal services, corporate, and start-up worlds, Javier brings a unique perspective to the Utah Board of Higher Education.
Javier graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a B.A. in History and Minors in Latin-American Studies and Spanish Language. During his university studies, Javier was on the debate team, made the Dean’s List, and was a Steffensen Cannon Scholar. Given his high academic achievement, Javier was chosen College of Humanities Graduation Class Speaker.
Later, Javier ventured to the East Coast to attend graduate school. Javier graduated from Boston College in 2006 with both a law degree and MBA. After graduation, Javier practiced law in New York City and California. During his prolific career, Javier worked for large international law firms and Fortune 500 Companies.
Driven by entrepreneurial passion, Javier returned home to Utah to launch his own businesses. Javier opened his own law practice focused on commercial matters, founded a beverage business Cerveza Zólupez Beer Company, and helps counsel his family’s restaurants.
Javier has a deep commitment to community service. He serves on the Board of Directors of Give Me a Chance, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to educating at-risk youth and disadvantaged women in Northern Utah. Javier also serves on the Board of Trustees of Ogden Regional Hospital.
Javier is fluent in English and Spanish. Javier is married to his wife, a medical doctor. They have two young children- a girl and a boy. Javier’s pastimes include hiking the wonderful mountain trails of Utah with his family. He loves watching Ogden Raptors baseball and Utah Jazz basketball.