Utah Department of Corrections

David Loden
Interim Director of Institutional Programming Division


David Loden is the Interim Director of Institutional Programming at the Utah Department of Corrections.

lodenOriginally from Waukesha, WI, Loden attended the University of Utah on a football scholarship. After graduating with a degree in physical education, he took a job at the Salt Lake County Juvenile Detention Center. He eventually became a supervisor over the intake and living centers before moving into Youth Corrections (now Juvenile Justice Services) in long-term secure programming. He was the Treatment Supervisor for the first level 8 juvenile sex offender program.

Loden obtained his Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah and later became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

He was the Superintendent of the Genesis Youth Center, a residential work program located on UDC property in Draper. He was promoted to the Associate Program Director of Juvenile Justice Services, where he had oversight of five state operated and two privately operated, secure correctional facilities. He retired as the Deputy Director of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services.

After leaving JJS, He became the Superintendent for the Salt Lake Valley Juvenile Detention Center. Later, he became the Executive Director for the Family Counseling Center, Utah’s oldest non-profit agency. 

He and his wife Kara have two daughters, Abby and Kathryn.