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.


Next Meeting Schedule

September 21, 2023 | 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Location TBD

Advisory Committee Membership


Name Title Organization Affiliation Seat Represented
Dennis Dougherty, Chair (CY22-23) Executive Director AFL-CIO Coal Transition Workers
Joe Barela Executive Director Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Ex-Officio
Rick M. Garcia/Chantal Unfug (alternate) Executive Director/Director, DLG Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Ex-Officio
Ron Geary Assistant Business Manager IBEW 111 Coal Transition Workers
Laura Getts Senior Electrification Analyst Tri-State Disproportionately Impacted Communities
Ernest House  Senior Policy Director Keystone Policy Center Disproportionately Impacted Communities
Eve Lieberman/Kat Papenbrock (alternate) Executive Director/Deputy Dir, Rural Opportunity Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Ex-Officio
Sheila Lieder State Representative Colorado Legislature CO House
Chris Markuson Western States Director BlueGreen Alliance Professional ED or Workforce
Tim Redmond County Commissioner  Routt County Coal Transition Community
Dylan Roberts State Senator Colorado Legislature CO Senate
Amy Robertson Senior Manager, State Government Relations and External Affairs Tri-State Utility Company
Mark Silberg Policy Advisor Governor's Office Ex-Officio
Carl Smith State Legislative Director SMART Transportation Division Coal Transition Workers
Holly Stanton Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning and Talent Aquisition Xcel Energy Utility Company
Aimee Tooker Board President West End Economic Development Corporation Professional ED or Workforce
Will Toor/Christine Berg (alternate) Executive Director/Sr. Local Gov't Policy Analyst Colorado Energy Office (CEO) Ex-Officio
Melody Villard County Commissioner Moffat County Coal Transition Community
Gordon Westhoff County Commissioner  Morgan County Coal Transition Community