Jay Griffith: Scholarship Advocate

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Jay Griffith hopes to leave the world a little better for being in it. 

Born and mostly raised on the southern Oregon coast, developed a love for nature and a passion for the environment. Living as a young boy on a remote ranch for two years in Utah also instilled a keen appreciation for hard work, animal welfare, and solitude. A member of the National Honor Society in high school and college, Jay had three full years of study at the University of Utah before opening his own design studio with a friend and mentor.

As a graphic designer/art director/writer, he has spent the last 20 years professionally working on health care advertising primarily for hospital systems. Prior to his current position at Holmes & Co., Jay worked for a series of large ad agencies as art director on national, regional, and local accounts—everything from banking and skiing, to instant potatoes and public transportation garnering some serious creative awards along the way. 

Continuing education has been both formal and experiential. He reads regularly and listens to podcasts constantly. He helps manage, maintain blogs for, and curate speakers for two monthly discussion groups. He has co-produced a handful of podcasts for an online blog called A Thoughtful Faith. 

Much of Jay’s service began and continues within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served a two year mission after high school. He served 15 years on his community council, including as vice chair and chair. In addition he helped create and sustain Buildwise Millcreek, a citizen organization to encourage retention of historic housing stock and help reformulate out-dated zoning. He is also a founding member of the committee to incorporate Millcreek Township. He has used his marketing and design skills to help many organizations, including the East Millcreek Community Council, Township and incorporation committees, Healing Hands for Haiti, Rape Recovery, Shelter Kids, Wasatch Cooperative Market. He is currently volunteer marketing leader for The Liahona Children's Foundation. Most recently, Jay has been part of the Utah chapter of the Village Square leadership team and has hosted and helped facilitate as well as participate in a number of large and small events.

Husband to Jane Latham Griffith, Jay is father of two biological boys and one adopted girl. Marriage, fatherhood, and friends continue to inform and transform his life. Remodeling home and land, gardening, bee-keeping, and raising chickens are also an part of his domestic life. For additional fun and challenge Jay competes in Olympic distance triathlons, and ultra-marathons up to 100 miles.