About Michael

Michael Lambert, Davis County's
Bipartisan Choice

Meet Michael

My roots run deep in Northern Utah. My mother grew up on a farm in a tiny town of Box Elder County. She studied elementary education and library science at Utah State, then met my Dad while working as a librarian at the University of Utah. He asked her to help him find a book as a cover to then ask for her number. My Dad introduced me to the field of social work, as he directed a respected substance abuse treatment program for several decades. His ancestors helped settle Kamas, Utah, by the Uinta mountains. Along with our home here in Layton, I grew up in Salt Lake and we lived in the Ogden area prior to settling in Davis County. We also spent several years in a rural county of Western Colorado.

There Are Other Important Voices

Do you know that a majority of politicians come from business or legal backgrounds, or have become career politicians. These all have their function in society and governance, however, many of the rest of us have long been underrepresented in civic leadership. There are other compelling skills and strengths we have to offer. I believe these bring insightful perspective, experience and vision that can create new value and competence in our governing as we navigate complex times. How often do you see teachers and educators, first responders, nurses and doctors, farmers, military, conservationists, counselors, blue-collar workers, engineers, scientists, librarians, artists, utility workers, mechanics, caregivers, service workers, researchers, analysts, people in the food industry, journalists, reporters, writers, students, technologists, or designers in office? It happens sometimes, though not nearly as representative as our population would suggest. We need more types of people at the table, and more people with a voice.

There Are Other Important Voices

Do you know that a majority of politicians come from business or legal backgrounds, or have become career politicians. These all have their function in society and governance, however, many of the rest of us have long been underrepresented in civic leadership. There are other compelling skills and strengths we have to offer. I believe these bring insightful perspective, experience and vision that can create new value and competence in our governing as we navigate complex times. How often do you see teachers and educators, first responders, nurses and doctors, farmers, military, conservationists, counselors, blue-collar workers, engineers, scientists, librarians, artists, utility workers, mechanics, caregivers, service workers, researchers, analysts, people in the food industry, journalists, reporters, writers, students, technologists, or designers in office? It happens sometimes, though not nearly as representative as our population would suggest. We need more types of people at the table, and more people with a voice.

My Experience

Learn More About My Background

Professional & Work Experience

  • Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Utah. LCSW
  • Primary Children’s behavioral health with kids & teens 
  • University Neuropsychiatric Institute (now, the Huntsman Mental Health Institute) child & adolescent day treatment, inpatient, and substance abuse IOP
  • Group work in settings at Adult Probation & Parole and a correctional halfway house in Salt Lake
  • Washington, D.C. Internship with government contracting firm for international development & domestic social services
  • Conference management for National Head Start in D.C. and National Child Abuse & Neglect conferences in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Expressive arts treatment setting for young women experiencing depression & anxiety, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal ideation, social, family and learning challenges 
  • Social work consulting supporting early Head Start children, families and care settings under county contract in western Colorado
  • Nonprofit outpatient counseling serving under-privileged clients and families for little to sometimes no cost
  • Adjunct professor teaching undergraduates at a University in western Colorado, some of whom were 1st generation students
  • Young adult program director for a transitional house serving males struggling with anxiety and related disorders entering college at Weber State 
  • Outpatient counseling therapy serving adults, couples, families and adolescents 
  • City beat writer for a small community newspaper, covering a Salt Lake area City Council and attending meetings
  • Court courier assisting attorneys and paralegals with projects and important legal deliveries
  • Part-time stay-at-home Dad while my wife has engaged her own professional work. My opportunity to be a father has been the most meaningful, fulfilling “job” I’ve ever experienced. Parents and caregivers attending to and raising children offer them and our world as valuable of contributions as any other

Volunteer, Leadership & Involvement

  • School Community Council Co-Chair & Secretary in our Davis County school
  • Boy Scout Leader
  • IRC Burundian Refugee Family Mentor
  • Mentored young men in the Third District Juvenile Court system through the Village Project
  • Philanthropy Chair in college, leading Adopt-A-School program with elementary children needing reading tutoring
  • Tree Utah planting project preserving natural spaces & habitat
  • Special Olympics volunteer
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors friend assignment and visits with an elderly widow
  • Hispanic American & Cinco de Mayo Festivals volunteer, and Cesar Chavez event participation
  • Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Volunteer for displaced persons at Camp Williams
  • Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day & Juneteenth events participation
  • Led and facilitated a goods fundraiser for a Youth homeless shelter in western Colorado
  • Soup Kitchen serving to individuals and families experiencing homelessness
  • Guest lecturer in Utah high school, college & university
  • Basketball with youth in a corrections facility
  • Church service in southern California among diverse racial, economic, urban & rural populations
  • Pediatric Office Behavioral Health Parent Advising Committee
  • Service-Learning with Kidstar day treatment
  • Elected Utah NASW Board Member as MSW student representative for the State
  • Library panelist for community mental health discussion on film showing, The Mask You Live In