About the Just Transition Advisory Committee

The Just Transition Advisory Committee (JTAC) includes representatives of coal communities, labor unions, and utilities as well as issue experts and members of the Colorado General Assembly and the Governor’s Cabinet.

The JTAC was responsible for creating, in partnership with local communities, the Draft Colorado Transition Plan, which informed today’s Colorado Just Transition Action Plan. The committee will continue to play a useful role by supporting the Office of Just Transition as it reports on its progress and updates its plan on an annual basis.

Below is a list of committee members. For a review of the Office of Just Transition's goals, visit our About page.

Advisory Committee Membership

Dennis Dougherty, Chair

Executive Director, Colorado AFL-CIO

Representing Coal Transition Workers

Ray Beck, Vice Chair

County Commissioner, Moffat County

Representing Coal Transition Communities

Joe Barela

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Ex Officio Member

John Becker

County Commissioner, Morgan County

Representing Coal Transition Communities

Wade Buchanan*

Director of Policy, Office of the Governor of Colorado

Ex Officio Member

*Resigned March 1, 2020 to become Director of the Colorado Office of Just Transition

Lizeth Chacon

Executive Director, Colorado People's Alliance

Representing Disproportionately Impacted Communities

The Honorable

Kerry Donovan

Colorado State Senator

Representing the Colorado Senate

The Honorable

Daneya Esgar

Colorado State Representative

Representing the Colorado House of Representatives

Katherine Ferguson

Associate Director, Aspen Institute of Community Strategies Group

Representing Professional Economic Development or Workforce Retraining Experience

Rick Garcia

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Ex Officio Member

Ernest House Jr.

Senior Policy Director and Director, American Indian/Alaska Native Program, Keystone Policy Center

Former Executive Director, Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs

Representing Disproportionately Impacted Communities

Paul Major

President and CEO, Telluride Foundation

Representing Professional Economic Development or Workforce Retraining Experience

Betsy Markey

Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Ex Officio Member

Richard Meisinger

Business Manager and Financial Secretary, IBEW Local 111

Representing Coal Transition Workers

Elizabeth Melton

County Commissioner, Routt County

Representing Coal Transition Communities

Chad Orvis

Senior Manager, Employee Relations, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.

Representing Utilities Operating Coal-Fueled Electric Generating Units

Carl Smith

Colorado Legislative Director, SMART Union -- Transportation Division

Representing Coal Transition Workers

Holly Stanton

Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning and Talent Acquisition, Xcel Energy

Representing Utilities Operating Coal-Fueled Electric Generating Units

Will Toor

Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

Ex Officio Member