Kathleen Staks joined Guzman Energy in February 2019 as the Director of External Affairs, leading stakeholder engagement, legislative and regulatory affairs, and strategic communications. Guzman Energy is a new kind of energy company, designed specifically to help transition communities in Colorado and the West to a cleaner, more affordable energy future. Their platform is designed around customer choice in power supply, reliability, and sustainability.
Prior to joining Guzman Energy, Staks served in the Hickenlooper Administration as the Executive Director of the Colorado Energy Office, working to ensure that Colorado’s energy portfolio benefits Colorado businesses, workers and families by improving the effective use of all of Colorado’s energy resources across all economic sectors. Staks also served as the assistant director for energy and minerals at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, where she developed and implemented oil and gas and mining policy issues across Colorado in coordination with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Division of Reclamation Mining and Safety, and the Governor’s Office. In addition to her experience at the State, Staks worked at Great Outdoors Colorado as the program director for Parks and Wildlife and Open Space, coordinating and developing policies and grant programs for the benefit of Coloradans through public and private land protection programs.
Kathleen has a law degree from the University of Denver and a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University.