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

Name Title Org Affiliation

Seat Represented

Dennis Dougherty, Chair Executive Director AFL-CIO

Coal Transition Workers

Elizabeth Melton, Vice Chair County Commissioner Routt County

Coal Transition Community

Eleni Angelides Policy Advisor Governor's Office

Ex-Officio; Governor's Office

Jon Becker County Commissioner Morgan County

Coal Transition Community

Joe Barela Executive Director Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Ex-Officio; state
Lizeth Chacon Executive Director Colorado People's Alliance

Disproportionately Impacted Communities

Kerry Donovan State Senator Colorado Legislature CO Senate
Rick M. Garcia Executive Director Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Ex-Officio; state
Ernest House Senior Policy Director Keystone Policy Center

Disproportionately Impacted Communities

Paul Major President and CEO Telluride Foundation

Professional ED or Workforce

Pat Meyers Executive Director Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Ex-Officio; state
Will Toor Executive Director Colorado Energy Office (CEO) Ex-Officio; state
Tom Sullivan State Representative Colorado Legislature CO House
Chris Markuson Director of Colorado and State Economic Transition Policy BlueGreen Alliance

Professional ED or Workforce

Rich Meisinger Business Manager Representative of IBEW 111

Coal Transition Workers

Chad Orvis Representative Tri-State Utility Company
Carl Smith State Legislative Director Smart Transition Division

Coal Transition Workers

Holly Stanton Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning and Talent Aquisition Xcel Energy Utility Company
Melody Villard County Commissioner Moffat County

Coal Transition Community