Leadership

Our Dan Jones & Associates leadership team is merely part of the extraordinary 300+ Cicero Group team. Our skillsets are broad and our experience is deep, allowing us to bring a breadth and depth of capabilities to all of our client engagements.

Partners

Randy W. Shumway


Randy W. Shumway Partner

Randy is the Founder of Cicero Group. He serves as Economic Advisor to Zions Bank and is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah School of Business. Randy previously worked for Answerthink and Bain and Company. Randy serves on multiple corporate and volunteer boards of directors. He is a well-published author.

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Career Highlights:
  • Former Executive Vice President and Managing Partner, Answerthink
  • Former Associate, Bain & Company
  • Harvard Business School, MBA, highest academic honors

Dr. Trent E. Kaufman


Dr. Trent E. Kaufman Partner

Dr. Kaufman is a Co-Founder of Cicero Group and founder of Education Direction, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cicero Group. Dr. Kaufman has written two books (Harvard Education Press, Wiley Jossey-Bass) that are used by thousands of organizations worldwide to better leverage data in strategy creation and execution.

Career Highlights:
  • Founder, Education Direction
  • Former Senior Associate, Education Resource Strategies
  • Former Principal, Alameda County High, Middle, and Elementary Schools
  • Harvard University, PhD, Research Fellow; UC Berkeley, MS

Dr. Dan Jones


Dr. Dan Jones Partner

Dr. Jones plays a leading role at Cicero Group as former CEO and Co-Founder of Dan Jones and Associates. Dr. Jones has had a distinguished and prominent career as a pollster in Utah politics for more than 50 years. He continues to leverage his expertise to assist clients across a number of industries. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Utah and is a former Professor and Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics.

Career Highlights:
  • Co-Founder and Former CEO, Dan Jones and Associates
  • Former Associate Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics
  • Former Professor, University of Utah
  • University of Utah, PhD

Patricia Jones


Patricia Jones Partner

Patricia serves an important role as Senior Advisor to Cicero clients as former President and Co-Founder of Dan Jones and Associates. She is currently the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute and serves on the Board of Regents for the Utah System of Higher Education as well as on the board of directors for a number of Utah non-profit organizations and businesses. She served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years and was the first female leader in both the Utah House of Representatives and the Utah Senate.

Career Highlights:
  • Co-Founder and Former President, Dan Jones and Associates
  • CEO, Women’s Leadership Institute
  • Former State Legislator, Utah State Senate and House of Representatives
  • University of Utah, BS

Kjersten Adams

Associate
Kjersten Adams Associate
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Judd Nielsen

Analyst
Judd Nielsen Analyst
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Kathryn Quist

Operations Manager
Kathryn Quist Operations Manager
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Chad J. Berbert

Engagement Manager
Chad J. Berbert Engagement Manager

Chad has expertise in serving the needs of international, public sector, technology, and healthcare clients of Cicero Group. He previously served as a U.S. Diplomat, working on trade, security, and economic development initiatives. He is a Lauder Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy.

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Career Highlights:
  • Former U.S. Chargé d’Affaires (Acting Ambassador), Samoa
  • Former Special Assistant to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, MBA, honors; University of Pennsylvania, MA, Lauder Fellow; Stanford University, BA

Senior Leadership Team