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Kelly Romero-Heaney

Deputy Policy Director
1313 Sherman Street
Denver 80203

Kelly has over 20 years of experience in natural resource issues serving the last three years as the Assistant Director of Water Policy for the Department of Natural Resources and Water Policy Advisor to Governor Polis. Prior to working for the state, Kelly spent seven years as the Water Resources Manager for the City of Steamboat Springs where she developed policies and programs to advance water security for a growing community facing the threats of drought, fire, and climate change. Kelly also has diverse experience in the private and government sector as a consultant, hydrologist, environmental specialist and wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service.

As Assistant Director of Water Policy, Kelly developed and guided legislation that has provided investments, local capacity, and legal clarity to efforts to protect and enhance the health of Colorado’s forests, streams, and watersheds.  She also helped to secure resources and support for the state’s Colorado River negotiations team while also building and leading the interagency team tackling emerging interstate conflicts on the South Platte River.

Kelly has a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Geology from the University of Montana.

The Deputy Policy Director position exists to oversee the major policy functions of the Executive Director’s Office including, water, parks, wildlife, lands, energy, climate, and federal affairs.