Wade Buchanan, Director, Colorado Office of Just Transition
Duane Highley, CEO, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
Jennifer Holloway, Executive Director, Craig Chamber of Commerce
Bob Rankin, State Senator, Colorado District 8
Wade Buchanan is director of the Colorado Office of Just Transition, the first state-level office in the nation dedicated to helping coal communities and workers transition to prosperous futures after the closure of the coal facilities upon which they depend. Wade has had an extensive career in state public policy, serving three Colorado governors in a variety of senior positions, including policy director, director of the state energy office, and acting Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. For 15 years he was president of the Bell Policy Center, a non-profit organization he led from start-up to become one of Colorado’s premier public policy think tanks. Wade is a fourth generation Coloradan with a BA in History from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and a Masters in International Relations from Oxford University in England, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Duane Highley is the CEO of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a not-for-profit electrical cooperative serving over 40 members across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. He took the role in 2019 and has 36 years of experience with cooperatives. In previously serving as President/CEO for Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC) and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), he led an organization that provided reliable, affordable, responsible power through 17 member systems to 1.3 million consumers. Duane serves on the Southwest Power Pool Members Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the Electric Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC).
Jennifer Holloway is the Executive Director of the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she served as director of student support at Colorado Northwestern Community College. She has volunteered on the boards of Moffat County United Way and the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, as well as serving as a member of the Moffat County Emergency Response Training Committee and the Moffat County Public Information Officer Committee.
Senator Bob Rankin represents Colorado's District 8, an area spanning Craig and much of the Western Slope. He is a member on the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves as the Senate Republican member of the Joint Budget Committee. He was born and raised in Mississippi, attended high school in Laurel, and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. Twenty-two years of his engineering career was with Ford Aerospace Corporation, the defense and aerospace subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, where he rose to vice president and general manager of the division. In 1995, he founded Aspen Cybercare, LLC, an ongoing technology consulting firm providing support to business and residential clientele. In 2000, Rankin founded and served as chairman of the board for the Computers for Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization recycling electronics while motivating high school students toward a career in technology.