Gail Schoettler

Gail Schoettler, a tireless advocate for women, is the first woman to serve as both Colorado’s State Treasurer (1987-1995) and Lieutenant Governor (1995-1999).  As Lieutenant Governor, she negotiated the clean-up agreements for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility, saving billions of dollars.  Graduating with honors from Stanford University with a BA in economics, she earned MA and PhD degrees in African History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In 1983, Governor Dick Lamm named her to his Cabinet as Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Personnel.  While Lieutenant Governor, she launched Colorado’s School-to-Work program, which included 28,000 businesses and 95 percent of public school students, making Colorado the national leader in School-to-Work. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Schoettler a U.S. ambassador to negotiate a global treaty with 189 nations on the use of radio spectrum for all commercial, civil and military purposes.  She co-founded the International Women’s Forum and Electing Women, a national alliance of women who financially support women running for Governor and U.S. Senate.

Schoettler has a varied business and community background. She was a co-founder and board chair of the Children’s Museum of Denver.  She co-founded the very successful Women’s Bank of Denver. Schoettler in involved in her family’s ranches and vineyards and, with her 2 sons, in a residential real estate investment business.  She and her husband, Donald Stevens, own eGlobalEducation, a travel company which takes small groups all over the world to learn about the other countries’ people, culture, history and economies.  She has served on 10 corporate and numerous non-profit boards.

She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  An avid hiker, she conquered her fear of heights to climb all 54 of Colorado’s 14’ers and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  She is passionate about helping women run for political office and be successful in whatever they want to do.

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Amy Beatie

Early Life and Education
Amy Beatie moved to Colorado immediately after college in 1993 and, with the exception of a detour to Alaska for a half-year and Wyoming for a year, has lived in Colorado ever since.  From November 2007 until December 2017, she served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Water Trust, whose mission is to provide water to Colorado’s rivers in need.  Prior to working at the Trust, Ms. Beatie practiced water law at two Front Range water law firms, clerked for the Honorable Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court, and worked on water and oil and gas issues for a nonprofit in Wyoming.   Ms. Beatie is currently an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Career Highlights
In 2013, Ms. Beatie was elected as the first-ever Environmental Representative to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress.  She is also on the Advisory Council of the One World One Water Center of Metro State University, and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Denver Water Law Review, a law review that she helped launch when she was in law school. 

Ms. Beatie has won several awards during her career, including, upon her graduation from law school in 2000, the Outstanding Student Leadership Award, and in 2013, Water Education Colorado’s Emerging Leader Award.  And just in September of last year, her organization won the Southern Colorado Conservation Award’s Innovation in Conservation Award.

Personal Life
She loves to ski, hike, raft, and fly fish.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College if Law.  Her better two-thirds are her husband, Declan Galvin, and their amazing seven-year-old son, who is really, really into Harry Potter. Wingardium leviosa!

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Heather Lurie

Heather is a Lawyer and Consultant advising nonprofits and political organizations with strategic planning, board development, fundraising and organizational alignment. She is the Director of the Electing Women Political Action Committee.

Heather currently Chairs the board of a family foundation. She was one of the founding board members of the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools. She served as the Vice President of Public Policy for the Board of the Junior League of Denver and the Chair of the board of NARAL, the Advisory Board for the Center for Women’s Health Research and the Board of Directors of Progress Now Colorado.


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Meghan Nutting is the Executive Vice President of Policy and Communications at Sunnova Energy Corporation, a leading U.S. residential solar provider. In this role, she works closely with company and industry leaders, nonprofits, state and federal policymakers, and regulators to craft and implement policies that provide a more stable, sustainable business environment for solar electricity generation. 

Prior to working at Sunnova, she served as the Director of Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity for nearly five years. She has also worked as a legislative director for New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal and as a press secretary for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. Meghan has held policy positions at the World Bank; the British Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; as well as a number of environmental organizations. In these positions, Meghan has worked on, advocated for, and impacted a significant number of energy and environment-related issues and policies. She has been named one of the #Solar100 thought leaders in the U.S. and one of the Denver Business Journal’s top women in energy for 2018. She received her BA in Biology from Cornell University and her MPA from Princeton University. 

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Amy Padden

Early Life and Education
Amy grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio.  Amy attended the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating with High Honors, with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Physics.  She graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, after serving as a Senior Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal.

Career Highlights
Amy started her legal career with two clerkships:  Judge John Steadman on the D.C. Court of Appeals and Judge Harold Greene on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  She then began private practice at the Washington, D.C. office of Sidley Austin, where she handled novel telecommunications matters arising under the newly passed Telecommunications Act of 1996.  In 1998, Amy moved to Colorado, and joined the law firm of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell.  She was elected to partner after a little more than three years at the firm, and she gained substantial experience in managing large complex cases.

 In 2005, Amy decided to pursue her passion for public service and has been in the public sector ever since.  She accepted a position as a Colorado Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection section, which handles some of the most important work that the Attorney General’s Office does.  She passionately fought for the rights of Coloradans across the state and investigated and prosecuted bogus charities and businesses that were engaging in fraud.

 Thereafter, Amy became an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and she developed a commitment to law enforcement by defending law enforcement agencies and officers, including working on a number of cases involving terrorists and other dangerous inmates who were housed at the federal “supermax” prison as well as criminal matters.  She was a champion for criminal justice reform, as reflected by her work serving on a working group put together by Attorney General Loretta Lynch that examined the how federal inmates in restrictive housing were housed.  She received a national award, the Attorney General’s John Marshall award, which is one of the Department of Justice's highest awards recognizing attorneys for contributions and excellence, for her work on a major prison case.

 After a little less than four years in the Civil Division, Amy was promoted to become the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division.  In 2016, she was selected to be the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and also to serve as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the District of Colorado.  As the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney, Amy served as the third in command at the office and was responsible for overseeing the Office’s Administrative Division and Asset Recovery Division.  In that role, she had substantial involvement in hiring and budgetary decisions as well as the day-to-day running of the office. 

Personal Life
Amy resides in Denver with her husband, Bill Engleby.  Bill’s grown daughters, Vanessa and Alex, reside in Colorado.  Vanessa works as a teacher in Aurora, Colorado, and Alex works for an engineering company.  When Amy is not hard at work, she might be enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors by hiking with Bill and their dogs, running (she’s completed many marathons, half-marathons, and other races), or spending time with her blended and extended family.

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Chantell Taylor

Chantell Taylor brings broad experience in government relations, campaign finance, political strategy, tax exempt, legislative, public policy, regulatory and administrative law to her practice.

Over her 20-year legal career she has managed the government relations program for one of Colorado’s top oil and gas companies, served as counsel to some of Colorado’s most controversial statewide ballot initiative campaigns, represented countless candidates and political committees, launched and directed nonprofit organizations, and devoted her passion and expertise to myriad community causes. She has an aptitude for cultivating strong working relationships with business leaders, legislators, government officials and civic leaders. With her breadth of experience, she offers clients a comprehensive and visionary approach to solving legal challenges and building innovative strategies to achieve their objectives.