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Bill Ritter Jr., Center for the New Energy Economy

Bill Ritter Jr. is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University.  The Center started February 1, 2011 with Ritter as the founding Director.  In addition to the Director, the Center now employs an Assistant Director, two Senior Policy Advisors, and an Executive Assistant.  Ritter was elected as Colorado's 41st governor in 2006 -- the first Colorado-born governor in more than 35 years.  Ritter lead Colorado forward by bringing people together to tackle some of our state's biggest challenges. During his 4 year term, Ritter established Colorado as a national and international leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies.  Ritter served as Denver’s District Attorney from 1993 to January 2005. He earned a national reputation as one of the country’s most effective and innovative prosecutors, and several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models.  The sixth of 12 children, Ritter was raised on a small farm in Arapahoe County. He was a member of the first graduating class of Gateway High School (1974), and he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado State University (1978) and his law degree from the University of Colorado (1981).  www.cnee.colostate.edu