The Keystone Center Announces Appointment of Christine Scanlan as President and Chief Executive Officer

KEYSTONE, CO, June 13, 2013 – The Keystone Center, a collaborative solution-driven nonprofit working on energy, environment, and health issues, announced today that its Board of Trustees has selected Christine Scanlan as the organization’s next president and CEO. Scanlan will join The Center on July 15.

Ms. Scanlan brings a vast amount of public policy experience, both statewide and nationally. Since 2010, Scanlan has served as Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Director of Legislative Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, where she served as the point person for the Governor’s legislative agenda. In 2008, she was appointed as a Colorado State Representative for District 56 and her next election.

Scanlan has been lauded for her collaborative work with both Republicans and Democrats and was a prime sponsor for more than 60 bills passed into law during her tenure in the Colorado State House. A prominent champion of education reform, Scanlan has earned a reputation as a strong leader in education policy. She is well-respected across state government and across the business community.

“Christine is an incredibly talented bridge-builder,” said Governor Hickenlooper. “She has accomplished a great deal in Colorado and beyond by helping leaders see past differences and move toward real change. The Keystone Center is the perfect forum for her to continue building on that work.”

Scanlan worked at The Keystone Center from 1994 to 2008, rising to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Her strengths, which include fundraising, administration, and board development, will serve her well. She will succeed Dede Hapner, Vice President of FERC and ISO Relations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Co-Chair of The Keystone Center’s Board of Trustees, who has served as the organization’s interim President and CEO since previous CEO Gary Grappo’s departure in April.

“Christine’s deep understanding of The Keystone Center’s work, coupled with her experience in Colorado state government, position her perfectly to lead this organization,” said Hapner. “She is ideally situated to carry The Keystone Center’s mission forward.”

Added Keystone Board Co-Chair Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy, “Christine truly understands how policy is crafted. Our board is so pleased to have the opportunity to bring her expertise and leadership to a national stage.”

Ms. Scanlan lives in Dillon, CO with her husband Tim, with whom she has three grown daughters.

“This is an incredible opportunity to lead this national Colorado-based organization,” said Scanlan. “I am honored and excited to have the chance to promote the necessary work of leadership by bringing people together to work though differences and focus on solving real problems.”

About Keystone Policy Center
Keystone Policy Center brings together crucial teams of stakeholders who have diverse individual perspectives but recognize a common need to address urgent issues with lasting solutions. For more than 40 years, The Center has helped leaders move beyond fixed positions toward collaborative, action-oriented approaches to problem-solving. In this age of polarized debate on nearly every major topic in public policy, The Keystone Center offers a refreshing yet proven blueprint for progress.