Aaron Ray (PhD in Political Science from American University) is Assistant Director for Energy Innovation at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources where he leads the transition from traditional to renewable energy sources across the Department. Prior to joining DNR, Aaron led the Energy Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures, served as Deputy Director for Policy in the Colorado Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, and was a Program Examiner in the White House Office of Management and Budget with responsibility for Department of the Interior science, natural resources, and tribal programs. He teaches graduate environmental policy and management courses at the University of Denver and has served as a researcher at the Georgetown Climate Center and the Pew Research Center. Aaron holds a PhD in Political Science from American University, an MPP in Environmental and Regulatory Policy from Georgetown University, and an MA in Education from the University of New Mexico. He has also worked as a high school history, government, and economics teacher on the Navajo Nation and in Washington, DC.