Energy and Environmental Policy Innovation in a Bottom Up World
We are a policy innovation lab based at the University of Colorado, Boulder. We work with partners around the world to develop and support real-time policy experiments, establish robust networks for learning and exchange, and contribute to effective and durable policy outcomes.

The Team

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William Boyd

William Boyd is the Founder and Director of LEEP. He is also Professor of Law and John H. Schultz Energy Law Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School, and a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Boyd teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. He received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental, and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC. Professor Boyd continues to be actively involved in energy and climate change law and policy at state, national, and international levels. At LEEP, he oversees all activities and has major responsibilities for the Governors' Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), the PUC Clean Energy Collaborative Project, and the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Project.

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Beatriz E. Garcia

Mrs. Garcia is currently managing director and founder of i3 Social Impact, a social enterprise in Bolivia dedicated to designing and implementing programs and projects in underserved communities. The enterprise has as its main clients and strategic partners entities such as the World Bank, Partners of the Americas, Banco Bisa, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz, Melting Pot Foundation, ICCO Cooperación and the local government of El Alto. Prior to founding i3 Social Impact, Mrs. Garcia served as a consultant in Bolivia for BancoSol, a leading microfinance entity, and in Peru for AEI Services LLC (AEI), a transnational that owns and operates energy infrastructure in emerging markets. She provided high-level strategic advice, and assisted in relationship outreach, communications activities, sustainable development services, and implementation and monitoring of social initiatives. Mrs. Garcia also served as Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Bolivia (BCSDB). She designed, managed and coordinated the efforts of the entity, which incorporates as its members the 15 largest companies that have investments in the country. Her past work includes 4 years of developing community development programs that became the foundations for the “corporate social responsibility programs” of the largest cement producer and of an important mining company, both located in Bolivia. In addition to her experience in this area, Mrs. Garcia has worked in the financial sector and investment banking for over 10 years. She has provided financial advice for different clients with an emphasis in project development, strategic planning and corporate finance.

Among Mrs. Garcia’s institutional activities, she currently is a board member of the Foundation for the Promotion of Inverted Trade Fairs and a professor at the Catholic University of Bolivia. In the past she has also been a board member of the Foundation for the Conservation of the Chiquitano Forest, BancoSol, the Bolivian Private University, the American Cooperative School and the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility; an associate of the Business Leadership Program for Sustainable Development; a founding member of the Association of Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs of La Paz; and promoter of a non-profit organization dedicated to reforestation.

Mrs. Garcia’s educational background includes an MBA from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, she has obtained special training on capital markets in a prestigious investment bank and on housing finance systems at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Colleen M. Scanlan Lyons

Colleen Scanlan Lyons is a cultural anthropologist specializing in strategic planning for forest conservation, international network building, and social inclusion in sustainable development. Dr. Scanlan Lyons currently serves as the Project Director for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force and the co-Director of the LEEP Innovation Lab. She is also a Research Associate with the Environment and Society Group in in the University of Colorado’s (CU) Institute of Behavioral Science and an Adjunct Professor in the Anthropology Department at CU. Scanlan Lyons’ expertise includes project development and management, focusing on the social aspects of climate resilience and forest conservation and community participation, mobilization, and empowerment. She is an expert in developing experiential and applied educational opportunities that bring together governmental, civil society, and private sector actors and work to create integrated approaches to forest governance, sustainable livelihood development, and cultural preservation. Scanlan Lyons has taught leadership courses for the President’s Leadership Class, an honors program at CU. She also started CU’s Global Seminar in Brazil: Sustainable Development, Environmental Governance, and Social Entrepreneurship and co-founded the Brazil-US Network for Environment, Society, and Governance, which includes research and academic institutions in the U.S. (CU along with the Universities of Wisconsin, Kansas, and Indiana) and Brazil (University of São Paulo, Federal University of Maranhão, State University of Santa Cruz, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon). Scanlan Lyons has worked with and consulted for diverse social-environmental institutions and organizations such as the Climate Reality Project, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Greengrants Fund, the City of Boulder Open Space Department, the American Forum for Global Education, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon. While her geographic expertise lies in Brazil, where she has over twenty years of experience working with organizations in the Amazon and Atlantic Forests, she has also developed projects in Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States. Dr. Scanlan Lyons speaks proficient Portuguese, reasonable Spanish, and some French. She is the mother of Max (17), Ella (15) and Maya (12).

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Julie Teel Simmonds
Senior Advisor

Julie Teel Simmonds joined the research faculty of Colorado Law in 2008 after working as an environmental attorney for the Environmental Law Institute, Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the City of San Diego. She received a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from U.C. Berkeley and her J.D. from NYU's School of Law. From 2008-2015, Julie was the Project Director for the Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force, for which she now serves as a senior advisor.

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Tim Molnar
Research Associate

Tim Molnar is a Ph.D. student in the environmental studies department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research interests include clean cooking technologies, distributed renewable energy, environmental sociology, and climate change policy. He received his B.A. in mathematics and German Studies from Bates College in 2011. After graduation Tim spent two years in Austria on a grant from the Fulbright Commission, where he was simultaneously under contract with a semi-professional soccer team. Following his time living in rural Tirol, Tim earned an M.S. in environmental studies at CU Boulder, where he is continuing on with the intention of pursuing a joint JD/PhD. During his masters program, he was part of the REACCTING team, conducting research on improved cookstoves in Northern Ghana. Tim is fluent in German, proficient in Spanish, and speaks some French.

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Martin Castorena
Program Manager

Martin Castorena is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder dedicated to using data and technology to help organizations make better-informed decisions. His work includes social development projects in Peru and Bolivia with i3 Impacto Social, Caritas Internationalis, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Manq’a, and CU’s Center for Energy and Environmental Security. Other initiatives include a research collaboration with the department of Zoology at the University of Regensburg, Germany.