Ken Matthews


Senior Budget and Policy Analyst

Ken Matthews was appointed Deputy Director over budget and operations for Utah’s Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) in 2020 and serves in a dual capacity with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (GOPB) as senior budget and policy analyst. Prior to his current position with CCJJ, he worked for more than eight years in the Arizona budget office, as well as in the Utah budget office on areas ranging from criminal justice and natural resources, to government operations and federal funds. In his duties for GOPB, he is the budget and policy analyst for Courts, Corrections, the Board of Pardons and Parole, and the Department of Public Safety.

After completing undergraduate work at the University of Washington, Ken graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He then went on to do graduate work at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, graduating in 2009 with an MPA emphasizing both public budgeting and economics. He currently lives in Holladay, Utah with his wife Abbie and two children, Kenny and Blair.