I have more than 20 years of experience representing and counseling citizens, communities, and advocacy groups on land management and energy development issues in state and federal court litigation, before administrative agencies, and with elected officials.
Bob’s career has been at the intersection of public policy and conservation, first as a public interest advocate for resource protection and then as a public servant working towards resource stewardship. He has negotiated interagency agreements with federal agencies; prosecuted federal and state court litigation on behalf of conservation organizations; managed drafting, implementation, and legislative approval of state energy regulations; secured $36 million to implement Colorado’s first-ever Water Plan; managed communications and policy responses to crisis situations; and helped achieve protection of iconic landscapes like the Thompson Divide and the Roan Plateau.
Bob previously served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from 2016 to 2019, overseeing a $400 million budget, 2,500 full- and part-time employees, and a portfolio that included all of Colorado’s oil and gas, water, wildlife, state trust lands, and state parks. Before that, Bob served as DNR’s Deputy Director from 2010 to 2016, as Assistant Director for Energy and Minerals from 2009 to 2010 and, prior to that, as Federal Lands Coordinator.
Prior to joining the Department of Natural Resources, Bob was a staff attorney for Western Resource Advocates, a Colorado-based law and policy organization. Before moving to Colorado, Bob spent seven years as a staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm in Anchorage, Alaska.
Bob’s work in all these posts has focused on natural resources, particularly regarding energy and mineral development, public lands management, water, wildlife, and outdoor recreation.