Alice Madden, Executive Director
Following a career dedicated to implementing forward-leaning policies in myriad areas, including equal rights, quality education, the environment and sustainability, Alice joined the Center in 2016. A proud Colorado Law alum, Alice practiced law for a decade before running for the Colorado House of Representatives in 2000. She is considered the architect of the 2004 progressive resurgence and as Majority Leader, Alice led the passage of an historic agenda – particularly around clean energy. She went on to become Gov. Bill Ritter’s Climate Change Advisor and was a Climate Fellow at the Center for American Progress in DC. She then held the Timothy E. Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. In 2013, she accepted a high-level appointment in the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Alice has always believed in giving back to her community and has served on multiple boards and professional associations. In everything she has done, she has incorporated efforts to ensure equitable and inclusive support of women and other under-represented populations.
Shaun LaBarre, Deputy Director
Shaun LaBarre is a committed and accomplished sustainability professional with over twenty years of leadership experience directing strategic programs, model initiatives, and organizational operations at the intersection of public policy, community development, and education, assessed across a variety of environmental and social impact measurements. Shaun has served as Deputy Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment at the University of Colorado School of Law since 2014. Prior to joining CU, Shaun served for seven years as Senior Director for the Boulder-based Center for Resource Conservation.
Shaun holds degrees in Psychology and Environmental Studies, a Master’s Certificate in Leadership and Management from the University of Colorado, Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as the University of South Florida Muma College of Business Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He recently completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Public Leadership Program, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Government from Harvard University. He has been recognized for his environmental work receiving awards including the Leadership Initiative Award from the Colorado Green Building Guild, Boulder County Eco-Hero, Colorado Recycler of the Year, and the international award for innovation in material reuse from the BMRA. In 2015, Shaun was named a BizWest Top 40 under Forty for the Boulder Valley. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of several local organizations. Shaun currently resides in Lafayette with his wife Sarah and their two daughters, Calais and Arianne.
Chelsea Colwyn, GWC Water Law Fellow
Chelsea Colwyn fell in love with rivers the first time she went rafting on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Since then, she has turned her love for rivers into an academic and career focus. Chelsea has worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Adelaide, South Australia, studying environmental water buybacks, a Research Fellow with Vermont Law School’s Water and Justice Program, studying the history of the US Forest Service and California water law, a Hansard Society Research Fellow at the London School of Economics, studying England’s privatized water sector, and for American Rivers. She currently works as a tribal staff attorney, and teaches a public land management summer law course. Chelsea graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004, earned a master’s in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School in 2011, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2018, where she was selected as a Wyss Scholar for western conservation. In her free time, she loves being outdoors with her husband and two young daughters.
Jaime Garcia, GWC Water Law Fellow
Jaime Garcia is excited to join the Getches-Wilkinson Center as one of its newest fellows. Prior to accepting this position, Mr. Garcia was working as a litigation attorney for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in Austin, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received his law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Mr. Garcia is also an adjunct faculty member for Wake Forest’s Masters in the Studies of Law program. He is excited to bring his experience and passion for preserving our natural resources to this fellowship. His love of outdoor pursuits drives his support and passion for increasing access and conservation of public lands and waters. When not practicing law, Mr. Garcia enjoys hiking and kayaking with his wife and their three dogs. In addition to their own dogs, he and his wife foster for local animal rescues.
Julia Guarino, Project Director Four Corners Environmental and Economic Justice
Julia Guarino is a 2013 CU Law graduate, whose work since her graduation has focused on federal Indian law, tribal law, and environmental law. As Project Director for Four Corners Environmental and Economic Justice (FCEEJ), Julia is working with Professor Sarah Krakoff to incubate what will soon be a community-based non-profit in the Four Corners region. FCEEJ will assist communities in the Four Corners in making a just transition away from a fossil fuel-based economy. In pursuing this end, the organization will be committed to supporting collaborative processes that help communities transform in ways that are environmentally and economically sustainable, supportive of tribal sovereignty, and rooted in the communities’ cultures, values, and needs. FCEEJ’s launch is being supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation during 2020-2021.