Elise Jones

Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project

Elise is the Executive Director of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). She was appointed by Governor Jared Polis in 2019 to a seat on the Air Quality Control Commission, the state regulatory body in charge of ensuring clean air and a healthy climate in Colorado. Before joining SWEEP, Elise served as a Boulder County Commissioner , where she focused on climate action, sustainability, equity and multimodal transportation issues.

Prior to running for public office, Elise was the Executive Director of a statewide conservation advocacy organization, Colorado Environmental Coalition (now called Conservation Colorado), which advocates for stronger climate, energy, wilderness, land use, transportation and other environmental policies. She has also worked as a regional director for the League of Conservation Voters; a senior legislative assistant for Oregon congresswoman Elizabeth Furse; and a policy advocate for the National Wildlife Federation. Elise holds a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University in New York and a master’s in Resource Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Michigan.