DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that Kathleen Staks has been appointed executive director of the Colorado Energy Office, effective Jan. 20, 2017. She will replace Jeff Ackermann, who was recently appointed to the Public Utilities Commission.
“Kathleen will be pivotal in helping us work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to ensure that Colorado is a strong supporter of both traditional and renewable energy resources” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “Colorado’s energy practices touch every person in Colorado daily. Kathleen will continue to ensure that our State’s energy portfolio benefits Colorado businesses, workers and families.”
Staks currently serves as the assistant director for energy and minerals at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where she is responsible for developing and implementing policy regarding energy development across the state. Staks has extensive experience working with Colorado energy and mining companies, as well as renewable industry businesses. Prior to joining DNR, Staks worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) as the program director for open space and parks and wildlife. In that position she oversaw land conservation grant programs and managed the relationship between GOCO and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.
“I am very excited to get started with the Colorado Energy Office and work with its talented team to implement the Governor's broad energy strategy,” said Staks. “The Energy Office has implemented great programs over the last several years to further energy efficiency and innovation and I look forward to exploring new opportunities across the energy spectrum.”
Staks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the University of Denver. She held clerkships and internships with governmental and law firm entities specializing in environmental regulation, eminent domain and water rights litigation. She also served as assistant editor of the Water Law Review. Staks also serves as a member of the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee.