Christine Shapard resigns from CCIA to take position at BioFrontiers Institute

Wednesday May 3, 2017 0 comments Tags: Denver, CCIA, Christine Shapard, Shelly Curtis, Ed Williams, Tom Cech, CU BioFrontiers Institute


DENVER -- Christine Shapard, who has served as executive director of the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA) for the last eight years, announced she is resigning from that role to become chief of staff at CU Boulder’s BioFrontiers Institute.chris-shapard.muguse

In a letter sent to CCIA members and partners on Tuesday, Shapard said she had accepted the position at BioFrontiers Institute led by Nobel Prize winner Tom Cech and would leave CCIA on May 12.

“It has been an honor to get to know and work with all of you,” Shapard wrote. “I am proud of what CCIA has been able to accomplish and I have found inspiration in watching the growth of the industry over these past eight years.

“Your significant efforts have led to Cleantech now representing 28 percent of Colorado’s employment growth, leading to a No. 6 ranking across the nation.”

Shelly Curtis, who has served as CCIA’s deputy director, will step in as interim executive director, Shapard said, and CCIA board chair Ed Williams will lead the board in finding a permanent replacement.

Established in 2008, CCIA is an advocacy and lobbying organization for the state’s cleantech industry.

Over the years it has created and hosted a number of annual events, including an Oil & Gas Cleantech Challenge (Sept. 7) and a new Mining Cleantech Challenge held April 12.

It also fosters initiatives including the Energy Fellows Institute, which provides an immersive education for executives and entrepreneurs in the state’s advanced energy technology sector.