Alice Madden – CU Board of Regents

Alice Madden – CU Board of Regents

In addition to being a proud CU alumna and die-hard Buffs fan, Alice Madden has dedicated her professional life to implementing forward-leaning policies in myriad areas, including equal rights, quality education, public health, the environment and sustainability.

She received her Bachelors from CU and worked in high-tech for several years prior to attending CU Law to earn her JD. Alice’s nine-year law practice focused on employment law, civil rights and anti-discrimination efforts. Alice then returned to CU Law School as the Director of Alumni Relations where she also taught Legal Writing and Advocacy.

Alice was elected to the Colorado House of Representative in 2000. She is considered the architect of the 2004 progressive resurgence in the State House and was elected by her peers to serve as Majority Leader. Alice was known as a fierce champion for education, One of her other legislative priorities was building the foundation for what is now referred to nationally as the New Energy Economy.

In 2009, Alice served as Climate Change Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and was a Senior Fellow on Climate Change for the Center for American Progress.

Alice became the Timothy E. Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at CU Denver in 2011. In that role, she worked with a diverse set of stakeholders to advance sustainable economies, and increase the interest of female and minority students in completing STEM majors and working in sustainability-related fields. She also taught graduate level Political Advocacy.

In 2013, Alice accepted an appointment to the U.S. Department of Energy where she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental & External Affairs. Her team worked closely with Secretary Moniz and led the interface with local, state and tribal leaders, and other relevant constituencies, to achieve the goals of the Department, including the President’s Climate Action Plan. She also assisted those seeking funds to grow emerging clean energy technologies.

Alice returned to Colorado in mid-2015 and formed All of the Above Consulting, focusing on clean energy development, advancement of new technologies, and related public policy. In mid-July, she will become the Executive Director of the CU Law School’s Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment, and is excited to engage with law students once again.

Alice has always believed in giving back to her community and has served on multiple boards and professional associations. Recent examples include the YMCA of Boulder Valley and the Africa School Assistance Project, which builds schools in Tanzania. Alice has received numerous awards for her advocacy, including two from the University of Colorado.
She is married to Pete Madden (they got engaged at a CU football game) and have two recent college grads. Other interests include cheering on the U Penn Quakers where one son played football, hiking with their two dogs, skiing, mountain biking, dirt biking, tennis, writing fiction, and curling up with a great book. She has recently developed an addiction to Words with Friends.

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