Commissioners & Director

How is the Board determined?

The Board is made up of five citizen volunteers, chosen by the Governor and confirmed by the Colorado State Legislature. Commissioners are appointed to four‐year terms, and are limited to two consecutive terms.

The Colorado Constitution requires that four of the five Commissioners have substantial experience in four separate areas: Public K‐12 Education, Production Agriculture, Local Government and Nature Resources. The fifth Commissioner serves as a citizen‐at‐large. The Commissioners do not represent the interest of a particular sector; they represent the interest of the beneficiaries.

The State Land Board Commmisioners

Gary Butterworth

Gary Butterworth, Natural Resources, Board President

Gary is the CEO of Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Gary has served as a senior vice president at El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, directing the Fellowship program focused on leadership development for young professionals. Having served on the Board of Colorado State Parks and Outdoor Recreation and as vice-chair of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission during the State Parks / Division of Wildlife merger, Gary has worked with key stakeholders and citizens on challenging land management issues. He has also been involved with several statewide and civic organizations, such as Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc., the Broadmoor World Arena, and the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership. Gary earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology with a Political Science focus from Yale University and an MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. 


Appointed 7/1/2013, current term expires in 2017.

Robert Bledsoe

Robert Bledsoe, Agriculture

Bob is a farmer and rancher from Cheyenne County, who owns and leases over 16,000 acres of farm and ranch land as a part of a third generation family operation. Bob also has extensive experience in the energy industry leasing lands for oil, natural gas, and renewable energy (wind) development, and is currently President of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, Vice‐President of the K.C. Electric Association, and on the Board of Directors of Tri‐State Generation and Transmission. Bob earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver with a Psychology major and minors in Secondary Education and Chemistry. He has also completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certification process and also has a Board Leadership Certificate.


Appointed 7/1/2013, current term expires in 2017.

Barbara Bynum

Barbara Bynum, Education

Barbara is a mom, wife, volunteer, substitute teacher, and public school and recreation advocate who lives with her family in Montrose. Passionate about health and wellness issues and community engagement, Barbara serves on the boards of the Montrose Recreation District, Montrose Education Foundation, and the Montrose Academic Booster Club. She formerly served as a board member for the Montrose County School District and the Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club. In 2014, she led a successful campaign to pass a city tax increase to fund a community recreation center in Montrose and also received the Community Service Award from the Montrose Community Foundation. Barbara previously worked in admissions at the University of Colorado and Occidental College, and earned a Board of Commissioners and Director degree in Art History from Occidental College. She enjoys mountain adventures, especially skiing, with her family.


Appointed 7/1/2015, current term expires in 2019.

Greg Moffet

Greg Moffet, Local Government

Greg is a small business owner and serves on the Town Council in Vail, where he has lived year‐round since 1994. After a short stint as an attorney, Greg worked in the institutional real estate business for nine years prior to becoming a small business owner. He is currently serving his third term on the Vail Town Council. He is also the co‐chair of the Eagle County Planning Commission and currently serves on the Vail Economic Advisory Commission. He has served on the Vail Planning and Environmental Commission, Vail Local Marketing District Advisory Board, Eagle County Open Space Advisory Committee, and I‐70 Corridor Coalition. Greg earned his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and holds a law degree from the University of Minnesota. Greg also serves on the boards of the Vail Jazz Foundation and Taste of Vail, and is an avid sports enthusiast who equally loves winter and summer sports in the Rocky Mountains.

Appointed 7/1/2015, current term expires in 2019.

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John M. Shaw, Citizen-at-large

John is a real estate consultant and advisor, portfolio manager for the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, and board member of the Confluent Development Group. He serves on the Advisory Board of Vectra Bank and lives in Denver. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Development for the McWhinney Organization, where he managed the Centerra and Northpark Projects, and the redevelopment of Denver Union Station. From 1995 until 2007, John was responsible for Opus operations and execution of development in its Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis offices. He has also served as Senior Vice President of both the Rancon Financial Corporation and the Denver Technology Center. During the past 35 years, John has been responsible for the development of more than 20 million square feet of commercial properties located throughout the western United States.


Appointed 7/1/2016, current term expires in 2017.

The State Land Board Director

With the consent of the Governor, the Commissioners hire a Director and the Director hires staff to perform the administrative activities of the State Land Board. The State Land Board is housed within the Department of Natural Resources and has close cooperative relationships with many state agencies in order to help serve the State Land Board’s beneficiaries.

Bill Ryan

Bill Ryan joined the State Land Board as the Director in 2011. Prior to this public sector position, Bill’s professional background was in commercial real estate development and finance. He spent ten years with Trammell Crow Company, a national commercial real estate and development firm, where as a Principal he developed and acquired projects, including mixed use, TOD, office, industrial, retail and land projects. He also spent more than 12 years with the commercial real estate divisions on several national banks.


Community involvement is also an important focus for Bill. He is a past Trustee and Board Chair of The Denver Foundation, Colorado’s largest community foundation, with more than $700 million in assets. Bill also combines his interests in real estate and local community as a Board member of the Urban Land Conservancy, which acquires, develops and preserves real estate assets in urban areas to meet community needs including affordable housing and non‐profit workspace. Bill was also a founding partner and Board Chair of Social Venture Partners Denver, a venture philanthropy partnership that invests time, money and expertise in collaborative relationships with non‐profits.