James Harrison, Senior National Representative, Utility Workers Union of America, MI

James Harrison is a Senior National Representative for the Utility Workers Union of America, assigned to Region IV (Great Lakes/Midwest) and live in Michigan. He is a former Local Union President for a large electric/gas utility, and a former UWUA National Executive Board member. James is on the BGA Steering Committee and a Board member of the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation.

Chaz Tedesco, Adams County Commissioner, CO

Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco grew up and attended school in Adams County. He has been married to Bernadette Padilla since 1996 and they have a daughter, Amber. After serving honorably in the United States Navy, Chaz was a Master Mechanic for 23 years as well as a member of the United Steelworkers Union. He has been an officer of the union since 1996 and president of United Steelworkers since 2005. This role has enabled him to experience a wide variety of circumstances requiring the need for strong leadership, while balancing the needs of workers and corporations. Chaz was elected as Adams County Commissioner, District 2, in November 2012 and was sworn into office on Jan. 8, 2013. He currently serves as chairman of the Board of Commissioners.

Nita Gonzales, Principal of Escuela Tlatelolco, CO

Nita Gonzales is the President/CEO of Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, a nationally recognized model for Chicano/Mexicano and indigenous education located in Denver, CO. Escuela Tlatelolco was originally founded over forty four years ago to provide culturally competent and socially conscious education to predominantly Latino youth. Nita also has a long record of supporting causes and activities that promote the economic, political, social, and educational strength of Latinos and underserved populations. (more…)

Leslie Robinson, Chair of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, CO

Leslie Robinson has been living in Rifle for over 40 years and as a result, been exposed to oil and gas politics since the Oil Shale Boom and Bust in the 1980’s. In the late 1990’s, oil and gas exploration began in earnest and with fracking technology and Bush policies that opened vast areas in our public lands, experienced major negative impacts in air, water, wildlife and environment, human health, and quality of life. The natural gas bust has done nothing to stop this onslaught. Leslie is Chair of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, which helps people fight the industry political and social machine. Her professional background includes being a journalist by trade and social services works such as director of local county United Way.

Denise Maes, DSM LLC, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Colorado, CO

Denise Maes is a licensed attorney in Colorado. She has practiced law in major law firms in Denver where she represented oil and gas companies, developers and non-profit entities. She has represented clients before administrative and judicial tribunals. She has negotiated multi-party consent agreements that involved private and governmental entities and Native American Tribes. Denise is well versed in various federal environmental laws, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and their state equivalents. (more…)

Cindy Copeland, Air Quality Specialist, CO

Cindy Copeland is an air quality specialist with over 16 years of experience in the field. She started her career in EPA Region 8’s Air Program as the Particulate Matter Program Manager. She received her MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and worked for EDF before becoming a freelance environmental consultant. As a consultant, Cindy has worked for various environmental groups commenting on state and federal air quality plans and actions that affect air quality, such as oil and gas development. In 2011, she put together comments in response to EPA’s proposed oil and gas regulations, arguing that methane emissions can and should be regulated under federal rules. Cindy Copeland also sits on the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Oil and Gas Committee.

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