Amy is the Director of Account Services at Sukle Advertising & Design. She has more than 25 years of marketing leadership experience with regional and national organizations and brands in public health, human services, healthcare, education, the environment and more. Amy brings a valuable perspective, having both marketing agency and client-side experience. Her expertise includes behavior-change campaigns, brand strategy, integrated marketing, communications planning, and digital marketing. Through her work at Sukle, she has led water conservation marketing campaigns for organizations in multiple states. A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and a Boettcher Scholar alumnus, Amy is a true believer in the power of both business and marketing to create positive social change. She resides in Boulder with her husband Joe.
Ben is currently an itinerant do-gooder, trying to make the world slightly better and petting as many dogs as possible along the way. Previously, he worked for a small startup named Google for 10 years, first with their Research team and, more recently, as the Chief of Stuff for the Boulder office, managing external partnerships and K-12 outreach and keeping the engineers happy and well fed. He began his career in the U.S. Army battling the furious hordes of red tape in the battalion personnel office, afterwards receiving his B.A. from Emory University in Classics. He’s lived and studied in Greece and Israel, picking up several dead languages on the way. After running around the world for a bit, he landed back in Atlanta to work as the program coordinator for the Health Sciences Humanities and Psychoanalytic Studies Programs at Emory. In addition to Resource Central, Ben sits on the board of Boulder Transportation Connections and is a volunteer firefighter.
Daniel is the founder of Tenkara USA, a brand he created to introduce the simple Japanese method of fly-fishing (tenkara) to the US and beyond. For 12 years, Daniel created a successful company where he greatly enjoyed telling the story of tenkara through writing, videos and podcasting, as well as designing the gear needed for it and always maintaining a strong conservation ethos at the company (such as donating over 1% of revenues to non-profits such as Resource Central, and working to eliminate single use plastic in its products). Daniel sold the business to focus on finding ways he could more directly help our planet. Daniel has been a supporter and customer of Resource Central since moving to Boulder a bit over a decade ago, and currently lives in Lafayette, Colorado, where he enjoys the outdoors, especially thru scrambling on the Flatirons.
Geoff is a partner at the Boulder-based law firm of Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti LLP, where his practice focuses on water rights, water quality, environmental law, and land use matters. He advises a wide range of clients across Colorado, including municipalities, water districts, private landowners, and industrial and agricultural water users. Geoff received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and holds a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary. Before attending law school Geoff worked as an outdoor educator in the Pacific Northwest and Colorado, leading backpacking, sea kayaking, and bike trips for teenagers. Geoff lives in Boulder with his wife, two daughters, and one shaggy dog. In his free time Geoff enjoys trail running, long mountain bike rides, all types of skiing, and listening to new music.
Irene Law, Chair-Elect
Jane BrautigamBoard Chair
Jane Brautigam, Board Chair
Jane proudly served as the city manager of Boulder, Colorado from 2008 – 2020, leading an organization of 1500 employees focused on excellence in service delivery. As city manager, Jane was responsible for the city’s efforts in advancing sustainability and resilience as well as its significant efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved transportation alternatives and municipal electric supply. In prior years, Jane served as the city manager for Dublin, OH and Loveland CO; city attorney for Loveland, CO and Greenwood Village, CO and assistant county attorney in Boulder County, CO. Originally from Bryn Mawr, PA, Jane attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Allegheny College. She currently lives in Boulder with her partner, Carl and two beloved golden retrievers, and enjoys hiking Boulder’s open space system and playing with her five grandchildren.
As President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, John is honored to lead the organization that serves as Boulder’s unified voice for business interests, advances our economic vitality, and provides valuable business support services. Prior to joining the Boulder Chamber, John was Public Affairs and Communications Director for the pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Roche Colorado Corporation, and Policy Development Director in the Boulder City Manager’s Office. John also spent six years as the Boulder area’s elected representative to the Regional Transportation District. A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, spent a couple of years working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and moved to Boulder to earn a law degree from the University of Colorado. He now resides in South Boulder with his wife, Molly, and enjoys playing in the outdoors, accessing local cultural attractions and generally loves his community.
Josh is an attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Josh’s practice centers on his role as a litigator and strategic advisor and includes commercial disputes, securities litigation, regulatory compliance, and internal investigations. Prior to joining Brownstein, Josh worked as a litigation associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. and served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Gerald E. Rosen in Detroit, Michigan and the Hon. Edward C. Prado in San Antonio, Texas. Josh also serves on the Board of Directors for Liver Health Connection, a Denver-based non-profit focused on advocacy, education, and outreach in connection with diseases affecting the liver. When not working, Josh enjoys running, skiing, and photography.
Kate Swayne Wilson, Senior Director of Sustainability at Vail Resorts, has more than 17 years’ experience in climate change mitigation and sustainability strategy. Ms. Wilson is currently leading Vail Resorts’ “Commitment to Zero,” a bold sustainability goal to achieve zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill, and zero net operating impact on forests and habitat, all by 2030. Prior to this role, Ms. Wilson developed and led the Greenhouse Gas & Sustainability Strategy Practice at The Cadmus Group for 10 years, assisting companies in the development and evaluation of climate strategy, establishing emissions baselines and reduction targets, developing corporate greenhouse gas inventories, calculating emissions associated with demand-side management portfolios, and providing strategic guidance to clients on policy. She has a M.A.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver, and a B.A. from Colby College in Environmental Policy, is GRI certified and a LEED AP. Kate lives in Niwot, CO and loves playing outside with her husband, two children, and black lab.
Kerry is a serial entrepreneur with experience founding companies in such diverse fields as wind energy, software and consumer products. Most recently, Kerry founded and sold Bamboobies, a business focused on breastfeeding support products for new mothers. A native Coloradan with a compass directing her toward businesses with environmental benefit, Kerry finds opportunities for leadership and innovation in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. She began her career at The Nature Conservancy and worked in environmentally focused venture capital and then went on to co-found or found four businesses. She now sits on the board of Street Business School as well as Resource Central and is an angel investor and mentor to natural products start-ups in the Boulder area. She received her BS in International Marketing from Georgetown University and MBA from the University of Virginia.
Koel Thomae is the co-founder of Noosa Yoghurt, a creamy and delicious yoghurt like no other, now sold in 25,000+ stores nationwide. Named among the “Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Colorado BizMag, Koel is also a passionate member of the thriving natural foods community in Boulder, CO, where she acts as a mentor to young food entrepreneurs in the early start-up phase.
She began her natural foods career in 2004 as a supply chain coordinator and later manager on the operations team at IZZE Beverage Company, a position she held through PepsiCo’s 2006 acquisition of the company. Koel also served as an operations management consultant for several young natural food companies, including Mix1 Beverages and Snikiddy, LLC. She received her BA in Marketing from Australia’s Queensland University of Technology and resides in Boulder with her husband and daughter.
Leia Guccione is an engineer and a naval officer. She works as a Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) where she advises business and industry in the transformation of global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, secure, and low-carbon future. Working in RMI’s electricity practice, she specializes in developing new business models for utilities as well as DER companies, microgrids, distributed generation and storage, as well as renewable energy procurement strategies. Additional areas of expertise include the use of collaborative processes for complex problem-solving. Leia leads many of the activities within RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab as well as specific research partnerships with electricity industry stakeholders.
Prior to joining RMI, Leia served as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Leia continues to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Civil Engineer Corps officer. Leia also currently serves as a member of the Lafayette Energy Sustainability Advisory Committee. She is a past Chair of the Society of Women Engineer’s K-12 Outreach Committee. She is married to Mr. Thomas Lechtenberg, and they have a son, Owen.
Rachel Gold, a Principal in the carbon-free Electricity practice at RMI, has over 15 year’s experience in energy efficiency policy and utility regulation. At RMI, she leads work with regulators, consumer advocates, and utilities to evolve state regulation and business models to advance rapid, equitable grid decarbonization. Before RMI, Rachel was the utilities program director at ACEEE, where she helped launch initiatives to scale energy efficiency programs that deliver on climate and equity benefits. Rachel’s career has also included work at Opower, an energy efficiency software company, the National Park Service, and the California Public Utilities Commission. She lives in Boulder with her partner Mark and their beloved cat, and enjoys baking, hiking around Boulder, and musical theater.
Ryan SlabaughPast Chair
Ryan Slabaugh, Past Chair
Ryan Slabaugh is the founder and director of Think Regeneration, a national 501c3 that helps farmers, ranchers and leaders in the regenerative movement create a healthier world. Previously, he served as executive director of Acres U.S.A., a national soil health education and media company, and as an executive publisher for a community news company based in Colorado. Ryan has served on the Resource Central board since 2015. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.