Council Member Appointments
Under Executive Order B 2012-001, Governor Hickenlooper extended the RAQC and expanded its Board to include a representative from the Regional Transportation District. Appointments made under Executive Order as needed to fill open positions.
Appointment have been made under the following Executive Orders: Executive Order A2012 018; Executive Order A 2012 074, Executive Order A 2012 216 , Executive Order A 2013 254, Executive Order A 2014 107, Executive Order A 2014 111, Executive Order A 2014 182, Executive Order A 2015 98, Executive Order A 2015 147, Executive Order A 2016 80, Executive Order A 2016 102; Executive Order A 2016 085; Executive Order A 2016 102; Executive Order A 2017 085; Executive Order A 2017 035; Executive Order A 2018 048; Executive Order A 2018 132; Executive Order A 2018 264
John Putnam has been appointed Chair of the Council by the Governor.
To view Board Member biographies, click on their name from the drop-down menu above.
Steve Arnold is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver’s University College, where he teaches courses in environmental policy and management program focused on environmental planning and sustainable transportation. Prior to retirement, Mr. Arnold worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a chemist, the Program Manager for the Technical Services Program and the Deputy Director of the Division overseeing policy and planning. He has served on several Governor committees addressing environmental issues. Mr. Arnold serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of broad public interest. His term expires April 30, 2022.
The Honorable Kendra Black is a City and County of Denver Councilperson for District 4. She has been actively involved in community for more than two decades, successfully advocating for schools, students, neighborhoods and parks. Her professional experience includes work in non-profits, education and community outreach, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, CU Denver and George Washington High School. As a councilperson, Ms. Black is working to connect Denver neighborhoods and activate the community. She is collaborating with Public Works and CDOT to improve our transportation options, making District 4 safe and walkable, and light rail stations more accessible. Ms. Black is also working with residents to create a 21st century vision for the district, and to create plans to guide future development. Councilperson Black serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of local government in the Denver metro region. Her term expires April 30, 2022.
Kathleen Bracke is the Manager of GO Boulder, the transportation planning program within the City of Boulder. Previously, she served as the transportation planning and special projects director for the City of Fort Collins. Kathleen is a current board member with 36 Commuting Solutions, as well as a participant in the US36 Mayors & Commissions Coalition. Her background is in transportation with over 20 years of experience in both Colorado and California. Ms. Bracke serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as representative of the region’s transit management agencies. Her term expires April 30, 2019.
Robert Broom is a Director with the Regional Transportation District. He is a former city councilman and city manager with the City of Aurora. As a councilman, he was a member of the Infrastructure and Operations Policy committee and vice chair of the Management and Finance Policy Committee. Prior to his role with the City of Aurora, Mr. Broom was the Vice President of Municipal Finance for GVC Capital, LLC. He has since retired from this profession. He has served as a member of the DRCOG Board of Directors, the National League of Cities’ Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee and the Board of Directors for the Aurora Economic Development Council. Mr. Broom serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative with broad public interest. His term expires April 30, 2020.
Frank Bruno is the Chief Executive Officer for Via Mobility Services and served on Via’s board of directors from 2010-2014. He has 37 years of experience in general management in the public, private, and higher education sector with a focus on facilities, infrastructure, public services, development and transportation. Mr. Bruno has served as Boulder city manager, as well as senior executive positions at CU-Boulder, Western Disposal, and Boulder Community Health. He has served on many local nonprofit volunteer boards including Foothills United Way Serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties, Impact on Education, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder Innovation Center and Boulder Economic Council. Mr. Bruno serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as an individual with transit expertise. His term expires April 30, 2020.
Rick Garcia is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). He has over 25 years of leadership experience ranging in the fields of government, nonprofit and private sectors across the nation. Mr. GarciaHe most recently served as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Region VIII in the administration of President Barack Obama. In addition. He also served as HUD liaison to the Denver Metropolitan Regional Air Quality Council which advised the Governor and the General Assembly on Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality standards. Mr. Garcia serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of DOLA, where he oversees numerous departments that address a wide range of essential services to citizens and local governments.
Elizabeth Garner is the alternate for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Ms. Garner is the State Demographer with DOLA. She has been with DOLA for 11 years. She and her team produce population forecasts for the state by county and study the population characteristics and trends impacting the State.
The Honorable Gerry Horak is a Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Fort Collins. He was elected four times to represent the citizens of northwest Fort Collins and served on the city council from 1981-1994. Mr. Horak provided leadership in open, responsive, accountable and fiscally responsible government. He currently serves on the National League of Cities Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Steering and Policy Committees. He also represents the Fort Collins City Council on the Platte River Power Authority, Poudre Fire Authority, the Larimer County Open Lands Advisory Board, and the North Front Range Planning Council. Mr. Horak provides business development and management services to science and technology companies. Mr. Horak serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as representative from Larimer County. His term expires April 30, 2019.
Curt Huber served as the Executive Director of the American Lung Association of Colorado for 12 years until his retirement two years ago. During his career in nonprofit health administration he has also served as an Executive Director for the National MS Society and the American Diabetes Association, as well as Western Area Director for the National MS Society, VP of Development for the American Lung Association of the Southwest, and early on (1979-1983) managed the granting process for the DRCOG Office on Aging. Through his work with ALA, he has particular interest in transportation and alternative fuels as they relate to air quality. Mr. Huber serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a member to represent the conservation community. His term expires April 30, 2021.
Jill Hunsaker Ryan is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). She is a public health professional with more than two decades of experience in the field. Most recently, she was a two-term Eagle County commissioner, where she focused her efforts on affordable health care, environmental protection, climate action, emergency preparedness and increasing mental health resources. At the same time, she served as president of the Colorado Communities for Climate Action. Ms. Hunsaker Ryan also has served as manager of the Eagle County Public Health agency. She was a previous director of the Office of Health Disparities at CDPHE, now called the Office of Health Equity, and was a governor’s appointee to the state Board of Health. Ms. Hunsaker Ryan serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as representative from CDPHE.
Ryan Hurst is the founder and CEO of Hurst, LLC a private investment firm. Since 2013, Mr. Hurst has also been a Partner at Motiv Power Systems, which is an industry leader in medium-duty electric chassis and pioneered zero-emissions, commercial electric vehicle applications across Classes 4-7, ranging from school buses to delivery trucks. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of an automotive-related business. His term expires April 30, 2022.
Jack Ihle is the Regulatory Strategy Director of Xcel Energy. Mr. Ihle is involved in the implementation of the Colorado Clean Air – Clean Jobs Act and has worked on various environmental policy and compliance teams. Prior to his work at Xcel, Mr. Ihle served as the Associate Director of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Mr. Ihle serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of stationary sources. His term expires April 30, 2020.
Marcia Kirsh Kohler brings over 25 years of design/build and development, with land use planning experience to the RAQC, and is currently working on the development of Tiny Solar Mobile Greenhouses and Solar Tiny Homes with 100% Renewable Energy. She is a member of the City of Boulder Solar Working Group, CO Sierra Club RF100 and the Denver/Boulder chapter of Climate Reality; all action-oriented toward 100% renewable energy. Ms. Kohler serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of appropriate land use planning experience. Her term expires April 30, 2019.
Shoshana Lew is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), where she is charged with leading the department in planning for and addressing Colorado’s transportation needs. Ms. Lew oversees 3,000 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $2 billion, guiding an organization committed to becoming the best DOT in the country for its customers. Prior to this role, she served as the chief operating officer (COO) for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT). Also, she was the chief financial officer and assistant secretary for budget and programs for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), as well as the deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy at the USDOT. Ms. Lew serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative for CDOT.
Vanessa Mazal is a non-profit strategy consultant and conservation specialist. As Senior Colorado Program Manager for National Parks Conservation Association from 2014-18, she worked to protect air, water and landscapes in parks and other public lands, and previously served as a program officer in the Global Communications, Policy and Advocacy Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. Earlier, she helped launch the Trust for Public Land’s national Working Lands Conservation Program, worked on numerous electoral and public education campaigns throughout the west, and produced independent research on watershed governance for the US EPA and other agencies. She holds a master’s degree in environmental anthropology from the University of Washington. She serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as member with broad public interest. Her term expires April 30, 2020.
The Honorable Jackie Millet is Mayor for the City of Lone Tree. She is a board member of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and a member of the DRCOG Metro Vision Issues Committee, Colorado Municipal Committee Policy Committee, Douglas County Water Resources Authority Board and Douglas County Youth Initiative. Prior to her position as councilmember, Ms. Millet was a planning commissioner for Lone Tree, a consultant for a water district and a planner with Denver Water. Ms. Millet serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a local government representative from the Denver metropolitan region. Her term expires April 30, 2022.
Brian Payer is a Senior Consultant with Sphera Solutions (formerly IHS), a global information company offering expertise in energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management. Previously, he worked at URS as a chemical engineer. Mr. Payer is on the board of directors of CO-LAB, and is a TEDxMileHigh Sustainability Director, as well as a member of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Colorado Energy Coalition. Mr. Payer serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of the general business community. His term expires April 30, 2020.
Scott Prestidge is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs with the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, where he is responsible for external media and communication efforts, as well as managing the political and policy initiatives at the state and federal level impacting Colorado’s oil and gas industry. Prior to his work at COGA, he was the energy industry manager for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and managed the Colorado Energy Coalition and its committees. Mr. Prestidge has also served as the metro regional director for Senator Mark Udall. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of the general business community. His term expires April 30, 2021.
John Putnam is a Managing Partner with Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell, LLP. Mr. Putnam represents primarily public entities in litigation, rulemaking and counseling regarding environmental and transportation law. He has represented public and private sector clients on a wide range of other litigation, regulatory and compliance matters associated with highway transportation, wetlands, airport compliance, land use, natural gas processing and large power generation facilities. Mr. Putnam is a past member of the City of Boulder’s Environmental Advisory Board, and Boulder Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Working Group. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a member of the public with appropriate transportation experience. His term expires April 30, 2019.
Doug Rex is the Executive Director of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), where he oversees DRCOG’s regional programs and planning for the nine-county Denver metro region. Mr. Rex joined DRCOG as the director of transportation and planning operations in 2013, where he was responsible for directing and coordinating regional transportation planning in the 2.7-million-person Denver metro area. Mr. Rex is a member of the Regional Transportation Committee and an alternative on the State Transportation Advisory Committee. Mr. Rex serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of DRCOG. His term expires April 30, 2019.
The Honorable Robert Roth is a Councilmember for the City of Aurora. He is the Director of Business Development and LEED Accredited Professional at IES Commercial Inc., which is an electrical and specialty contracting company serving industries across the U.S. As a Councilmember, he is appointed to the Water Policy Committee, the Management and Finance Policy Committee, and the Public Safety, Courts and Civil Service Policy Committee. Mr. Roth serves as a Board Member, Aurora Economic Development Council; Board Chair, Denver Regional Council of Governments; Member, Associated General Contractors of Colorado Board of Directors; and Member, US Green Building Council. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a local government representative from the Denver metropolitan region. His term expires April 30, 2020.
Gregg Thomas is the Director of the Environmental Quality Division for the Denver Department of Environmental Health (DEH). Mr. Thomas has over sixteen years of meteorological and environmental experience in the fields of air quality, water quality, and climate change. Previously, he was an air, water and climate section manager with DEH where he was responsible for developing strategic planning for integration into local and state-wide policy recommendations. He serves as a local government representative from the Denver Metro area on the Regional Air Quality Council. His term expires April 30, 2021.
The Honorable Casey Tighe is a Jefferson County Commissioner. He currently serves as chairman pro-tem for the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners. He serves on the following boards and commissions: C-470 Corridor Coalition; I-70 Mountain Coalition; Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation Board and Executive Committee; and Jefferson County Transportation Action and Advocacy Group, Chairman. Commissioner Tighe was formerly the audit director for the Colorado Department of Transportation where he worked for 24 years. He serves on the Regional Air Quality Council as a representative of local government in the Denver metropolitan area. His term expires April 30, 2021.
Bill Van Meter is the alternate for the Regional Transportation District (RTD). Mr. Van Meter has been employed at RTD since 1991, and was appointed to his current position as Assistant General Manager, Planning in 2010. He has over 25 years of experience in the transportation planning field, with extensive experience in public transit and roadway planning, managing multi-modal transportation studies, and FTA nationwide competitive New Starts grant funding process. Mr. Van Meter serves on the Denver Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors, the Board for Denver Bike Sharing, and he is active with the American Public Transportation Association.