Meet the Board of Advisors

Morgan Bazilian

Morgan D. Bazilian is Executive Director of the Payne Institute and Professor of Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines. Previously, he was Lead Energy Specialist at the World Bank. He has over two decades of experience in the energy, natural resources, and environmental policy and international affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in energy analysis and was a Fulbright Fellow. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations





Allison Coppel

Allison Coppel is the Director of Social Responsibility for Newmont Mining Corporation. She holds an MBA from Stanford University, a Master’s in Development Economics from the University of Nice (France), and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Emory University (Atlanta). In the mining industry, she has worked at BHP Billiton, Antamina, Teck, and Anglo American. Prior to mining, she consulted for international development organizations such as the World Bank and CARE. She has lived or worked in the US, Mali, France, Spain, Guatemala, Chile, and Peru, and speaks English, French, Spanish, and some Portuguese.

“The NREP program is key to shaping the next cadre of industry leaders who understand the complexity of the natural resources – society intersection.”


Gwen Farnsworth

Gwen Farnsworth is the Senior Energy Policy Advisor for Western Resource Advocates. She was previously an associate research director at E Source in Boulder, Colorado, where she led a research team focused on energy efficiency and distributed energy program design, marketing, implementation, evaluation and regulatory policy. Farnsworth also previously worked as a research fellow at the RAND Corporation in California and as an intern at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. She has a BA in Political Science and a BA in Russian Civilization from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MPh in Public Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California.



Dan Haley

Dan Haley serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association. Previously, he was Vice President of Communications, Development and Strategy at EIS Solutions, a public affairs firm where he served as a consultant for numerous corporate and political clients, including oil and gas interests. Prior to that, Haley spent more than 20 years in the communications field, including 13 years at The Denver Post, where was the Editorial Page Editor. He also was Director of Corporate Communications for CoBank. A Colorado native, Haley has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wyoming and sits on the Advisory Council to the USO Denver as well as the Colorado Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.



Chris Hansen

Chris Hansen is a state legislator in the Colorado House of Representatives for District 6, representing the east-central neighborhoods of Denver. He is also the Co-Founder of Colorado Energy + Water Institute. Previously, as Senior Director at IHS he led a global portfolio of energy events and partnerships, including programs and communities for CERAWeek, a 3000-person executive event focused on energy markets. In addition, he directed a social media analytics development team with a suite of products across several industries. Hansen was based in Dubai in 2008-09, where he managed a comprehensive review of the Emirate’s energy sector. He is a co-creator of the OptGen analysis, IHS CERA’s unique tool for applying financial portfolio techniques to power generation. Hansen earned his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University and his DPhil in Economic Geography from the University of Oxford.


Alex Hohmann

Alex Hohmann is the Production Engineering Manager at Anadarko. For the past two years, he managed Business Development and Non-Operated investments for the Northern Colorado assets in Weld Co. Prior to these appointments, he helped establish and grow the company’s Stakeholder Relations department over a three-year period to support the same Colorado oil and gas field. His professional background includes production and completions engineering for enhanced oil recovery properties in West Texas and Wyoming, as well as reservoir engineering in the Denver-Julesburg Basin. Hohmann earned a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Marietta College (OH) and an MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.




Mike King

Mike King is the Chief of External Affairs at Denver Water, where he has also held the title of Chief Planning Officer. Before Denver Water, he was the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He earned a J.D. Law degree from the University of Denver, a M.P.A in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.





Ellen Morris

Ellen Morris is directing the university partnerships program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratorythat aims to strengthen collaborative research in renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and system integration. Morris also teaches Energy and Development courses at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a Faculty Affiliate at the Center on Global Energy Policy. She has had a long career working in energy and international development, with a particular focus on promoting the increased use and deployment of clean energy technologies and services as a means to support economic development and reduce poverty in developing countries. Morris is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines in geophysical engineering and has a doctoral degree in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.



Lauren Poole

Lauren Poole is the Sustainability Coordinator at the Colorado School of Mines. Before Mines, Poole was the Executive Director of the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition, a nonprofit based in Golden that advocates for energy efficiency policy and utility financial incentives for homes and commercial buildings. Prior to EEBC, she wrote sustainability reports for companies and worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for their energy efficient buildings and solar/wind energy research programs. She has a Master of Business Administration and Sustainability from Marylhurst University in Oregon and a BA in Journalism and Political Science from the University of New Mexico.

“The NREP Program is important because it educates students about how science and engineering affect people and the environment and how policy will affect their work as future engineers and scientists.”


Kathleen Staks

Kathleen Staks is the Director of External Affairs at Guzman Energy, where she works on everything from legislative and regulatory issues to stakeholder engagement and strategic communications. Prior to her appointment at Guzman Energy, she served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). Staks also served as Assistant Director for Energy at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, where she advised and coordinated with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and the Governor’s office. Staks also worked at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for six years as the program director for open space and parks and wildlife. Before working at GOCO, she worked on land conservation policy with the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts. Staks has a law degree from the University of Denver and a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

“The NREP program provides a unique set of courses that give students a well-rounded background that will expand their job prospects and enhance their success. In a constantly evolving field in a diverse energy state like Colorado, we are fortunate to have a program like this in our backyard to build a strong local workforce.”