Government/Humanitarian Work
1965-1966  Member, California Management Council, Chad McClellan, Chairman.  Following the "Watts Riots" in south central Los Angeles, the California Management Council was formed to assist in the rehabilitation of the area.  In just two years over 17 businesses had located branch operations in the area and provided over 500 prime jobs.  Transportation was also greatly improved in cooperation with the Los Angeles Rapid Transit Authority.

1966-1967 Coro Foundation Fellow Program in Public Affairs
The program is a nine-month, full-time, postgraduate training program to develop leadership skills and effectiveness in public affairs.
“Coro trains leaders who can converse across the political and social barriers of society. In doing so, these leaders help us rise above our differences to find common ground and common sense solution.” Franklin Thomas, President, The Ford Foundation

1966-1967 Member, Governor's Task Force on Efficiency and Cost Control, California and Virginia in 1969-1970.  Assisted in formulating and implementing new strategies and operations to make state governments more efficient.  In both states reduced costs for equivalent services were achieved that amounted to over $100 million annually.

1966,1969   Served as a member of the California Job Training and Placement Council, which included Lt. Governor Robert H. Finch as Chairman; Senator Clair Burgener; Senator Mervyn Dymally; John Despol, United Steel Workers; Jerome Hall, President of Pacific Telephone; H.C. “Chad” McClellan, President of the California Management Council; Dr. Max Rafferty, California Superintendent of Public Instruction; and John C. Montgomery, Director of the Department of Social Welfare.  The Council was instrumental in enhancing job training and placement for Black Americans in Los Angeles, California following the Watts Riots in 1965 and for migrant farm workers as well.

1967 Chairman, California Industrial Training Committee, Gubernatorial Appointee.  Following the efforts of the California Management Council in south central Los Angeles, it was determined that technical skills training was critical for the success of economic development in Los Angeles and other areas of high unemployment in California.  This committee helped develop an inventory of skills in demand by industry and cooperated with the State's education system to develop effective curricula and delivery processes.

1968-1969 Member, Advisory Committee and Transition Task Force (acting Under Secretary) for Honorable Robert H. Finch, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

1970-1971 Member, Federal Government Procurement Commission, Presidential Appointee

1970-1989 Education and economic development advisor to several American Indian Tribes

1971-1972 Peoples Republic of China
Assisted in preparations for meetings between Zhou Enlai and Dr. Henry Kissinger, and the subsequent meeting between President Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong. Was responsible for developing much of the meeting protocol and agenda items with other senior White House and State Department officials that resulted in the creation of a tacit alliance between the Peoples Republic of China and the United States. Subsequently, worked with senior PRC leadership in establishing an increasingly modern Chinese economy and society, built selectively on a 3,000-year-old tradition of imperial rule. Knowledgeable of the various cultures comprising the PRC, the last remaining major multicultural empire.

1972 Candidate for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairmanship

1974 Member, National Council on Indian Opportunity

1975-1978 Member, Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Utah Endowment for the Humanities

1975-1981 Chairman, Utah Indian Education Advisory Committee, Gubernatorial Appointee
Chairman of the Utah American Indian/Alaska Native Education Advisory Committee of the Utah State Board of Education -- Walter Talbot Superintendent

1979-1980 Vice Chairman, U.S. Department of the Interior Reorganization Task force, Secretarial Appointee

1981-1989 Chairman, Utah Board of Indian Affairs, Gubernatorial Appointee
Chairman of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs created in 1953 by the “Indian Affairs Act” passed by the Utah State Legislature. Served to promote positive intergovernmental relations with and between all eight Utah Indian Tribes, the Governor, Federal and State agencies, and local governments. Developed programs and services, provided alternatives, and implemented programs to enable Indian citizens an opportunity to share in the progress of the state of Utah. With the exception of the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian Tribe, also chaired the two-year long effort that succeeded in restoring seven tribes in Utah to sovereign nation's status after being terminated by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

1982-1988 Chairman, National Advisory Council for Indian Affairs, Presidential Appointee; Chairman 1982-1986

1983-1985 Member, U.S. Department of Commerce Export Council

1985, March  Recipient of the Spencer W. Kimball Lamanite Memorial Award  for service to the American Indian of North, Central, and South America.  It is inscribed, “Given to you for your leadership, vision, and love for the Indian people.”  The presentation included mention of economic development and humanitarian projects in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Guatemala.  The projects in Coban and Paticia, Guatemala were credited with reducing the death rate among children under age 8 from 80% to 12.5% in only 3 years.  In the Navajo Reservation in Utah, neo-natal deaths were reduced from 17 times that of children in surrounding areas to only 2 times in a three-year time frame.  Pre-natal care, nutrition, and sanitation were the major factors in improving childhood survival.  Literacy rates were also improved as well.


1989-1990 Member, Utah Governor's Information Technologies Industry Task Force, Gubernatorial Appointee

1989-1994 Chairman and Cofounder, Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum

1991-1997 Trustee, Utah Information Technologies Association, Gubernatorial Appointee

1992 National Indigenous Institute of Mexico
Worked to stop the destruction of forests and jungle areas. The area was home to eight million indigenous Indians. The World Bank froze $45.5M in funding and effectively stopped the ruinous timber enterprise. The Inter-American Development Bank was also persuaded to stop its funding.

1993-1997 Member, Utah State Historical Society, Gubernatorial Appointee

1997-1999 Member, Board of Trustees Central Utah Health Foundation

1997- 2005 Member, Board of Trustees Columbia/HCA Hospital Corporation

1999 Established and provided initial funding for the Center for the Advancement of Leadership at Utah Valley State University. The Center was established to provide a foundation of leadership skills. Dr. Sawyer defines leadership as the ability to empower others to fulfill a vision. In 2004, over 4,000 students were in attendance at the sixth annual conference.

2001-present Trustee, College of Eastern Utah, Gubernatorial Appointee

2002-2005 Director, Utah Community Mediation Centers; Chairman 2003-2005


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Reagan Associations
Michael Deaver - Governor Reagan's staff; also during the campaign, when he was counselor to President Reagan
Edwin Meese - California campaign, Reagan's staff in CA, counselor to President Reagan, and as Attorney General of the USA
Fred Malek - while he was aide to Nixon while I was at HEW, OEO, and later when he was executive vice president of Marriott Corporation
Frank Carlucci - OEO, OMB, Sec of Defense (1987-1988) 1986 National Security Advisor to Reagan
Caspar Weinberger, Director of Finance, California with Reagan, FCC, and Secretary of HEW and Defense.
James Baker III - Sec of State under George Bush, Sr. Also during Reagan presidency - 1980-1992, I assisted him.

Nixon Associations:
JW Marriott - while I was at HEW, OEO, and also when he was Chairman of Nixon's second inaugural.

Earle Williams - CEO BDM and Carlyle Group 1969-71 and 1985-1990 and 1992 scandal (88)


Bush Associations:
Richard Darman - Director OMB (Bush) Office of Management and Budget (1991-1992)

Colin Powell - Secretary of State Department (Army General/Chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) while at Sage doing studies of (OEO) Department of Defense, while Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Secretary of State

William Kennard - Chairman of FCC, while I was with GST and NACT

Phil Odeen - Chairman of TRW - CEO BDM while at TRW Systems and as CEO of BDM (Nov 1995)

Ultimately, the success of many governmental affairs and humanitarian projects depends on their continuing ability to access high-level government officials, both domestic and international. And that access hinges on a network of high-level contacts around the world.