Don Leonard

Chairman and CEO

Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc.


Don Leonard works as Chairman of the Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc., a Utah cooperative that harvests, processes and markets Artemia cysts on behalf of its member companies. 

Don has also served as President of the Utah Artemia Association, the brine shrimp industry trade association, for twenty-five years. During that time, he has been an active and effective advocate for the Great Salt Lake ecosystem through numerous boards, committees and activities. 

Don currently serves as chair of the State’s Great Salt Lake Advisory Council, and has served on the Division of Water Quality’s Nutrient Core Team, the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands’ Great Salt Lake Technical Team, the Board of Friends of Antelope Island, and on other boards and committees in support of Great Salt Lake. 


Why We Care

  • We live along the shores of something GREAT - Great Salt Lake.

    And whether we preceive it or not

    During its relatively short life as a remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville

    It has affected all of us.

    From the ancients who lived in the Great Salt lake wetlands

    To the growing populations of today and tomorrow

    The Lake affect continues to modify, influence and impress our lives.


    Lynn de Freitas, FRIENDS Executive Director