Board of Directors

Molly May, Board President and Treasurer

Molly is a graduate student at the University of Colorado working toward her PhD in physics.  She grew up in southwestern Colorado and spends much of her free time outside climbing, biking, rafting, and enjoying nature. Her passion for science communication and concern for Colorado’s environment led her to join Clean Energy Action at the start of 2016.

During her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Molly engaged in many different forms of science communication from publishing technical papers to teaching her peers as a Learning Assistant and teaching physics to elementary school students with the PISEC program.

When she started graduate school, Molly continued teaching but also began her current research developing fluorescent, diamond nanoparticles for biological studies. She enjoys the interdisciplinary research which requires her to synthesize ideas from physics, chemistry, and biology, but has grown more and more concerned about the state of the global environment in recent years.

She decided to apply her skills in science and communication to advocate for forward-thinking environmental policies in Colorado and the United States and is now working with Clean Energy Action while she finishes her graduate studies.

Leslie Glustrom, Board MemberLeslie Green Shirt w Valmont

Leslie Glustrom’s involvement in climate change and clean energy
issues is driven by the fact that there is only one planet we know of that sustains the miracle known as life. It is now clear that our emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are transforming the climate that has supported life on Earth. Our earth’s drastically changing climate will have profound implications on future generations and on the species with whom we share the planet.

Leslie is trained as a biochemist and has spent over 30 years working at the interface of science and society in a variety of roles including science writing, teaching, policy analysis. In addition, she has a long history of activist work on a variety of environmental issues.

In 2004, Leslie resigned from her job managing a biochemistry research lab at the University of Colorado-Boulder to work full time on climate change. She is a founding member of Clean Energy Action, served as the Director of Research and Policy for several years and is now serving on the Board of Clean Energy Action, She has spoken throughout the country on the environmental and economic imperative of accelerating the transition to a world without fossil fuels and has won many awards for her work. She is currently still very active in clean energy issues at the local, state and national level.

Leslie has written and spoken extensively on the faulty reporting of US coal “reserves” and she was a co-author of the 2011 Harvard study on the True Cost Accounting of Coal. You can access several of the highly-referenced reports she has authored or co-authored on US coal supplies here on our website.

Alison Burchell, Board Member

Alison Burchell

Alison Burchell is is a professional geologist with a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Environmental Planning and graduate degrees in Volcanology and Isotope-Geochemistry. Following a Fellowship with the U.S. Dept. of Interior and US Geological Survey, she established a private consulting practice on issues including: crustal processes, reef and wetland preservation, land-reclamation, siting analysis for renewable energy projects and stakeholder facilitation.  She also holds advanced certificates in Multispectral and Radar Remote Sensing Analysis, Database Design, GIS, Scuba and EPA hazardous materials detection and sampling.

Her current research is focused on understanding and quantifying the mechanisms and kinetics of natural biologic, geologic, chemical and physical processes by which carbon is removed from the atmosphere and stored in terrestrial sinks. This work has led her towards an integrative, bio-geo-mimicry approach to researching and understanding complex terrestrial problems.  This systems-integrated research and her involvement with a variety of stakeholder groups has influenced a Collaborative Impact approach towards helping communities, businesses and boards achieve their sustainability goals. Since moving to Boulder, she has served on several state and local working-groups and non-profit boards tasked with promoting public education, developing public policy or modeling and mitigating a range of environmental problems.  She is a member of the City of Boulder – Energy Future Task Force and  co-founder of Clean Energy Action, Renewables Yes and Empower Our Future – a broad coalition of citizens, businesses, elected and former officials and organizations working to promote the Boulder Clean Energy Future project and moving to assist other communities asses their own clean energy options.

Karen Conduff, Board MemberCEA Bio Pic (1)

With 7 years of experience working in the solar energy industry, a passion for oil painting and deep care for our planet, Karen Conduff brings many different skills to CEA. Karen was a founding member of PV Pioneers, a group pushing the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association to utilize clean energy. As a NABCEP certified solar professional, Karen has studied at Solar Energy International and assisted solar companies in a variety of roles.

A desire to work for positive change led her to assist CEA in orchestrating Boulder’s inaugural Community Energy Fair in the spring of 2015 and to join CEA’s board later that year.


Julie Zahniser, Board Member (On Sabbatical)All rights reserved by dgrinbergs

A long-time Colorado resident, speech-language pathologist and educator, Julie Zahniser joined the Clean Energy Action Board of Directors in 2008 because of her growing concern about the need to respond to the Global Warming Crisis. Ms. Zahniser and her then husband built a primarily passive solar home in Boulder County in the 1980’s where they raised their children to enjoy, respect, and steward the beautiful Colorado mountain outdoors. Previously involved in her local Sugarloaf community, school outdoor education programs, and the Sierra Club, Ms. Zahniser is a fairly recent but enthusiastic member of the energy activism community. “There is no point in teaching children to talk if the planet is burning up.”

Anne Butterfield, Board Member (On Sabbatical)

Inspired by leaders she has met while serving with Clean Energy Action, Anne Butterfield has devoted more time to 501c3 leadership, and is now serving on the board of Wild Earth Guardians and is a member of Rachel’s Network. 

For seven years she served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Boulder Daily Camera writing a monthly column for the Camera and Huffington Post, usually on local, state and national energy issues.   With two English degrees, her foray into energy and environmental writing was compelled by her view that non-technical people ought to discuss energy issues with their weighty implications.

Her husband Sandy is a technical leader the wind power field, having been a researcher with National Renewable Energy Labs, and developing international technology standards for all renewables.   Their son is also a renewable energy developer.

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