Alice Madden, Executive Director

Photo of Alice MaddenAlice is a proud CU alumna and die-hard Buffs fan. She earned her Bachelors and worked in high tech for several years before returning to CU Law to earn her JD in 1989. Her law practice focused on employment law, civil rights and ant-discrimination efforts. Alice then returned to CU Law School as the Director of Alumni Relations in 1997 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 served as Majority Leader for four years. One of Alice’s legislative priorities was building the foundation for what is now referred to nationally as the New Energy Economy.

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

In 2011, Alice became the Timothy E. Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at CU Denver where 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.

Alice accepted an appointment in 2013 to the U.S. Department of Energy where she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental & External Affairs. Her team 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 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.

Alice has always believed in giving back to her community and has served on multiple boards and professional associations. Two recent examples include the YMCA and the Africa School Assistance Project, which builds schools in rural Tanzania.

She is married to Pete Madden and they have two sons. Other interests include cheering on the U Penn Quakers where one son plays 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.


Doug Kenney, Research Associate

Photo of Doug KenneyDoug Kenney has been with the Natural Resources Law Center since 1996. He researches and writes extensively on several water-related issues, including law and policy reform, river basin and watershed-level planning, the design of institutional arrangements, water resource economics, and alternative strategies for solving complex resource issues.

Dr. Kenney has served as a consultant to a variety of local, state, multi-state, and federal agencies, including several Interior Department agencies, EPA, the US Forest Service, and special commissions (e.g., the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission); and national governments and non-governmental organizations in Asia and Africa. Additionally, he has made presentations in (at least) 19 states (and the District of Columbia), 7 nations, and 4 continents.


Shaun LaBarre, Program Manager

Photo of Shaun LaBarreShaun joined the Getches-Wilkinson Center in 2014 with significant environmental industry experience. Previously, Shaun served for seven years as Senior Director for the Boulder-based Center for ReSource Conservation. He has been recognized for his conservation 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.

Since joining the Law School, he has been awarded the Anticipation/Implementation and Rookie of the Year Awards. In 2015, Shaun was named a Bizwest Top 40 und Forty for the Boulder Valley. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of several local organizations. Shaun holds degrees in Psychology and Environmental Studies. He currently resides in Lafayette with his wife Sarah and their two daughters, Calais and Arianne.