About

Interwest Energy Alliance

With the deep policy knowledge, convening skills, and advocacy reach of its diverse Board and staff, Interwest is a leading regional driver for the responsible expansion of renewable energy in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Staff and Consultants:

Sarah Cottrell Propst, Executive Director

Email: propst@interwest.org

Sarah Cottrell Propst is the Executive Director of the Interwest Energy Alliance, a non-profit trade association that represents the nation’s leading companies in the renewable energy industry, bringing them together with regional non-governmental organizations in the West (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming). She is the founder of Propst Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in energy and environmental policy. Propst served as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department in 2010. Previously, she served as the Energy & Environmental Policy Advisor to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson from July 2006 until March 2010. She joined the Governor’s team after earning a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs with a concentration in Science, Technology & Environmental Policy. Before entering graduate school, she worked as a Research Fellow for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in Arlington, VA.  She graduated magna cum laude with Honors in Political Science from Davidson College.

Contessa Archuleta, Administrative/Program Support

Email: contessa.archuleta@gmail.com

Contessa Archuleta provides administrative and program support to Interwest’s executive director.  Contessa’s work experience includes 16 years as a paralegal for two private law firms and the New Mexico Supreme Court.   Additionally, Contessa is responsible for a variety of legislative activities including, but not limited to, tracking and analysis of legislation, campaign financing reporting, and organization of fundraising activities. She received her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of New Mexico and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management with an emphasis in marketing.

Lisa Tormoen Hickey, Owner, Tormoen Hickey LLC, Attorney

Lisa Tormoen Hickey counsels Interwest and other renewable energy and environmental advocates related to energy regulation and energy policy, advocating for clean energy policies throughout the Intermountain West. She leads Interwest’s regulatory advocacy to expand renewable energy markets and promotes education about renewable energy integration and benefits for utilities, commercial interests and electricity consumers. Hickey advises numerous nonprofit and business organizations and several municipalities, and has served on several regional land conservation boards. In 2011, she was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Transmission Siting Task Force to represent renewable energy interests.

State Climate Policy and Clean Power Plan Consultant:

Jim Martin provides consulting services regarding the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to Interwest.  He is senior counsel at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. since June of 2013. Jim has a wealth of knowledge and experience in environmental and natural resources law, the legislative and administrative process and the political arena, as well as in academia. He applies that experience in helping clients solve permitting and compliance issues, interacting with agencies and legislators, and looking at the “big picture” of energy resource development. Before joining Beatty & Wozniak, Jim was the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region VIII.  Prior to that,  Jim was the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources under Governor Ritter, a Cabinet level position in which he supervised over 2,000 state employees, and has also been the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Arizona Legislative & Consulting Team: 

Interwest is represented by Stan Barnes and Ian Calkins  of Copper State Consulting Group.

Stan Barnes, a native Arizonan, is the founder and President of Copper State Consulting Group.  For much of the past 25 years, Barnes has been involved in virtually every facet of key political and media-related issues and is viewed as a seasoned veteran of both state and local public affairs battles in Arizona.  Before establishing the firm, Barnes served six years in the Arizona Legislature – first in the State House of Representatives where he was elected in 1988 as the youngest member of the 39th Legislature. He served as Chairman of the Natural Resources & Agriculture Committee, where he was appointed in only his second term in office.  Barnes was elected to the Arizona Senate in 1994 and served as Chairman of the Government Reform Committee. In addition to running his practice, Barnes is a highly regarded political commentator, regularly appearing on Arizona television and radio news programs, as well as frequent guest editorials in state and local newspapers.

Ian Calkins is responsible for handling public affairs and media relations. He brings a broad depth of experience and ability to handle diverse political projects for his clients.  His particular strength is a keen ability to land in un-chartered rural areas and set up shop for clients with planned industrial projects.   His efforts on behalf of Copper State’s clients have also gone beyond Arizona’s borders. He worked on generating media attention in his home state of Colorado, worked to kill adverse legislation in New Mexico and dealt directly with the national media (including Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR and CNN) on various issues for clients.  Prior to moving to Arizona, he worked in Washington, D.C. in various public policy and government affairs roles. While in D.C., he served as Legislative Director of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) educating state legislators in all 50 states on tax and fiscal issues; Director of State Relations for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) lobbying on behalf of the automotive aftermarket industry in all 50 states; and, Program Director for Consumer Alert (a free-enterprise policy group) interacting with Congress, the Washington Press Corps and special interest groups/trade associations.

Colorado Legislative & Consulting Team:

Sol Malick is a Colorado native who has been a lobbyist in the Colorado State Legislature for 11 years who started with his father, Chuck Malick, in 2005. His experience ranges from running political campaigns, legislative campaign strategy and implementation, and building coalitions necessary for success under the golden dome.

Brett Moore: With political and policy experience at the local, state, and federal levels, Brett has worked on behalf of Interwest Energy Alliance since 2011.  As the principle of OnTheBallot, a Denver-based political consulting and lobbying firm, he has worked to advance major legislation and build relationships in Denver and across Colorado.  He hails from a 5th generation family of farmers and ranchers in Northwest Kansas.

Nevada Representation:

Interwest is represented by Davis Strategies, a Nevada advocacy and public affairs consulting firm. Kyle J. Davis is the President of Davis Strategies. He is an experienced lobbyist and political strategist working at all levels of government in Nevada. He has successfully navigated difficult issues through the Nevada Legislature, including landmark legislation dealing with energy, public lands, transportation, wildlife, land-use planning, water, and public health. Before founding Davis Strategies in 2013, he served as the Policy & Political Director for the Nevada Conservation League where he directed all of the program work for nearly seven years and represented the conservation community in the 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 sessions of the Nevada Legislature. He has extensive experience in political campaigns, issue management, policy negotiations, and coalition building, is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and holds a Master’s Degree from the George Washington University in Political Management.

New Mexico Legislative Consultant:

With more than a decade of experience working on the Federal, State and Local levels, Deborah Torza has become a leading provider of government relations on a broad range of issues. Deborah graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in print journalism. She began working on political campaigns in 2000 and maintains bipartisan relationships with current and upcoming candidates. With experience gained as an analyst with the legislative Tax and Revenue, and Business and Industry Committees, she started her own consulting firm in 2005. Deborah Torza has successfully worked on many diverse and challenging issues specializing in government and community relations, issue management, coalition-building, and strategic communications. Deborah has earned a reputation for her ability to develop consensus among interest groups and individuals with differing agendas and interests.

Wyoming Legislative Consultant:

Lynne J. Boomgaarden is an attorney and Partner Crowley Fleck, PLLP, in Cheyenne. Her practice areas include oil and gas, mining, administrative law, federal and state land transactions, energy and mineral transactions and projects, outreach and governmental affairs, and appellate advocacy.

Lynne received a Bachelors of Science in Zoology in 1983 and graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1991. She clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby on the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to her private practice experience, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law, teaching Oil and Gas Law, Mining Law, Agricultural Law, Constitutional Law and Legal Writing. Lynne served from March 2003 – April 2010 as Director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands & Investments and chaired the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Four Corners Wind Resource Center:

Representing The Interwest Energy Alliance, Amanda Ormond is working to educate policymakers and stakeholders on wind energy for the Four Corners Wind Resource Center.  Amanda is a policy expert who works to bring a long-term, broad perspective to policy development.   Amanda has worked in energy and public policy for over twenty-five years in Arizona and the West.  For the past thirteen years, she has managed the Ormond Group LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in advocacy and lobbying for clean energy.  For her public and private-sector clients she strives to identify and implement collaborative solutions to develop the West’s vast renewable energy resources and the transmission to bring these resources to market, while protecting its magnificent landscapes and wildlife.  From 1995-2001, Amanda served as Director of the Arizona Energy Office where she was responsible for developing state policy and promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative fueled vehicles.

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