Colorado Concern's Lynn Granger is taking on a new role as executive director of the Colorado Petroleum Council, the American Petroleum Institute said Thursday.
She succeeds Tracee Bentley, who stepped down in March after four years to become CEO of the Permian Strategic Partnership, a consortium of fossil fuel producers in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.
Bentley was a former lobbyist for then-Gov. John Hickenlooper, as well as his senior advisor on energy and rural affairs.
“Colorado is a cornerstone of America’s energy revolution, and Lynn possesses every leadership quality needed to lead our industry forward in the state,” API President and CEO Mike Sommers said in a statement Thursday.
“The natural gas and oil industry thrives on collaborative, proactive engagement with stakeholders on every side of energy policy issues, and Lynn’s breadth of experience in government, military and business matters is uniquely suited for this role. We are thrilled to welcome her to our team.”
The Colorado Petroleum Council is a division of API, an energy trade association of more than 600 members.
“This is a pivotal time for energy policy, both in Colorado and across the nation,” Granger said in a statement.
She said the council supports 232,900 jobs in Colorado.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to bring industry, community and government leaders together to ensure that Colorado continues to lead the nation in balancing safe, responsible development with strong environmental stewardship,” she stated.
Granger has been the chief operating officer of Colorado Concern, a business advocacy group for the Mountain West, since April 2018, after serving as communications director for the Colorado Department of Revenue in the Hickenlooper administration.
An Army veteran, Granger's military service included working as a strategic communications advisor to the commander of U.S. Army forces in Europe based in Wiesbaden, Germany.