Sutherland Institute, a Salt Lake City-based independent research and educational institution that is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, has announced that Jon Ammons will join its new stable of contributing scholars, with a focus on civic institutions. Ammons currently serves as the associate director of the New York Office of Public and International Affairs for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he performs outreach at the United Nations and to the broader diplomatic and religious communities in New York. Ammons’ previous work includes government, interfaith and community relations outreach at the church’s global headquarters in Salt Lake City. Prior to joining the church’s New York office, Ammons served as deputy chief of staff in the Utah House of Representatives and as a senior policy and communications advisor to the speaker of the House. His education includes an undergraduate degree in humanities from Brigham Young University.