Heather Bailey is the Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development for the city of Boulder, Colorado.
Bailey has more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry, and has served as a regulator, utility executive, and consultant. The majority of her career has been in public power, with positions including controller, treasurer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of Corporate Services, and Executive Director of Transmission Business Services and Asset Development.
Bailey has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and has received numerous appointments from the American Public Power Association (APPA) including Chair of the APPA Business and Finance Section in 2001.
Luis Benitez is Colorado's first director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office.
Over the course of a decade, Luis Benitez has quietly emerged amongst a growing field of inspirational adventurers as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Throughout his career, Luis has summited the top of the famed “Seven Summits” a cumulative 32 times, including being a six-time summiteer of Mt. Everest. Benitez also has attempted the famed K2 in 2010.
Between managing expeditions on some of the most remote peaks in the world, while consulting with a deep and varied group of clientele, Benitez works to tie the lessons available from the mountains and carry them back to the everyday challenges of life and business during his keynote presentations and seminars.
Early in his career, Benitez was hired by the well-established leadership development school Outward Bound Professional in Colorado, and was responsible for conducting courses in various mountaineering/climbing/skiing techniques, all with the fundamentals of leadership, communication, and problem solving at the core of the Outward Bound curriculum. He has led expeditions and was Director of Operations USA for Adventure Consultants (AC), a highly respected New Zealand-based expedition firm with a long and storied history of leading trips on Mt. Everest. Benitez also manages and leads an annual critical thinking / leadership development seminar in Ecuador and Chile for the Wharton School of Business, and volunteers his time as a guide for the non-profit; Trekking for Kids.
He currently champions Talent Management and Leadership Development for Vail and Beaver Creek mountains with Vail Resorts and is also a seated town Councilman in Eagle, Colorado.
Benitez first summit of Everest was to climb with the blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer on his historic 2001 Everest summit, chronicled in the feature film “Farther Than the Eye Can See” and also in Erik’s book “Touch the Top of the World”. He also has led disabled veterans to the top of Mt. Lobuje, out of which was born the Soldiers to the Summits non-profit organization. He has been featured in films such as “Visions of Everest” (2002) and “Shadow of the Condor” (2002), has reported from Mt. Everest for ABC-TV News, and has filmed segments for an episode of National Geographic’s weekly TV series “Wild Chronicles”. In 2006 while guiding a group in Tibet, his witness of a tragic and historic attack by Chinese soldiers on Tibetan refugees led to Benitez’s firm commitment to dedicate his time to educating and helping people Be Their Own Leader. He is featured in a BBC documentary about that tragic event, “Murder in the Snow.”
William Boyd joined the University of Colorado Law School faculty in 2008. Professor Boyd received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC.
As a faculty member at the law school, Professor Boyd teaches energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. His current research focuses on legal and institutional design issues associated with emerging GHG compliance systems; integration of forests and land use into climate policy; electricity policy and clean energy innovation; regulatory issues regarding unconventional natural gas; risk assessment; and the role of science and technology in law.
Professor Boyd is a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado, Boulder, and serves as the University of Colorado representative for the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA), a collaborative energy analysis effort between NREL, University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, MIT, and Stanford.
Professor Boyd continues to be actively involved in legislative and regulatory debates on energy and climate change at state, national, and international levels. He currently serves as the director of Colorado Law's Energy Innovation Initiative, www.energy-innovation.org, and as senior advisor and project lead for the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), www.gcftaskforce.org, a unique subnational collaboration between 26 states and provinces from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States that is working to develop regulatory frameworks to reduce emissions from deforestation and land use.
Alison Burchell is is a professional geologist with a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Planning and graduate degrees in Volcanology and Isotope-Geochemistry. Following a Fellowship with the U.S. Dept. of Interior and US Geological Survey, she established a private consulting practice on issues including: crustal processes, reef and wetland preservation, land-reclamation, siting analysis for renewable energy projects and stakeholder facilitation. She also holds advanced certificates in Multispectral and Radar Remote Sensing Analysis, Database Design, GIS, Scuba and EPA hazardous materials detection and sampling.
Her current research is focused on understanding and quantifying the mechanisms and kinetics of natural biologic, geologic, chemical and physical processes by which carbon is removed from the atmosphere and stored in terrestrial sinks. This work has led her towards an integrative, bio-geo-mimicry approach to researching and understanding complex terrestrial problems. This systems-integrated research and her involvement with a variety of stakeholder groups has influenced a Collaborative Impact approach towards helping communities, businesses and boards achieve their sustainability goals. Since moving to Boulder, she has served on several state and local working-groups and non-profit boards tasked with promoting public education, developing public policy or modeling and mitigating a range of environmental problems. She is a member of the City of Boulder – Energy Future Task Force and co-founder of Clean Energy Action, Renewables Yes and Empower Our Future – a broad coalition of citizens, businesses, elected and former officials and organizations working to promote the Boulder Clean Energy Future project and moving to assist other communities asses their own clean energy options.
Emma Pinter is the "Head Mom" at Colorado Moms Know Best.
Emma Pinter grew up in the Midwest, where she took every opportunity to run in the woods, build forts and enjoy the outdoors. Her childhood freedom to enjoy nature has stayed with her.
Emma’s passion for nature led to work as a mountaineering guide in the Arkansas River Valley during college, thus began her love affair with Colorado. While guiding groups up and over Colorado’s magnificent 14ers, Emma learned first-hand the beauty and peace of Colorado’s wilderness.
After college she attended law school in Boston and married Jonathan Hess, her fellow mountaineering guide. In 2005, Emma finished Law School and the two of them drove their trusty Subaru back home to Colorado.
Within a year they purchased their first home, Emma passed the bar exam and they settled in Westminster. Soon they quit their day jobs to found their own software company and began raising two growing girls.
Today Emma is a Westminster City Councilwoman. She also serves as the board chair of the Adams County Youth Initiative and on the Mile High Connects Advisory Council; Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee; Colorado Bar Association High School Mock Trial Committee; Westminster’s Special Permits and License Board; Westminster’s Inclusivity Task Force, and freely gives her time to her community.
It’s Emma’s commitment to her daughters, their friends and all of Colorado’s children that inspired her to accept the post of Colorado Moms Know Best “Head Mom” in May 2015.