Tracy Gruber was previously director of the Office of Child Care at the Utah Department of Workforce Services and Senior Advisor for the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative.
She oversees the department’s program to assist families with their child care needs, ensuring quality child care for children between the ages of 0 and 17. As director, Gruber worked with community stakeholders and child care providers to better serve Utah families and increase efficiency. She is also the lead researcher on a statewide initiative to measurably reduce the incidence of children who remain in the cycle of poverty. This work includes establishing programs and policies within the department to achieve positive outcomes for families, including economic stability. In 2017, she was named as “Government Official of the Year” by Community Action Partnership of Utah. She currently serves as the chair of the National Association of State Child Care Administrators and represents Utah on the Education Commission of the States.
Prior to joining DWS, Gruber was the senior policy analyst and director of state fiscal policy at Voices for Utah Children. Gruber’s work experience also includes serving as an analyst in the Illinois Senate, overseeing a public employee retiree organization, and administering the Utah State Bar New Lawyer Training Program.
Gruber received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Law Degree from the Chicago-Kent School of Law. She and her husband Andrew are the proud parents of Max and Jack, both of whom are currently attending the University of Utah.