LEEP Staff


William Boyd


William Boyd is the Founder and Director of LEEP. He is also Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and Professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment & Sustainability.  Prior to joining UCLA in 2018, he was Professor and John H. Schultz Energy Law Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School and a fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Professor Boyd teaches and conducts research in the areas of energy law & regulation, climate change law & policy, and environmental law. He received his Ph.D. from the Energy & Resources Group at UC-Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. After law school, Professor Boyd clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Boyd then served as American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow and Counsel on the Democratic minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. He then practiced energy, environmental, and climate change law with the firm of Covington & Burling LLP in Washington DC. Professor Boyd continues to be actively involved in energy and climate change law and policy at state, national, and international levels. At LEEP, he oversees all activities and has major responsibilities for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF), the PUC Clean Energy Collaborative Project, and the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Project.


Beatriz E. Garcia


Mrs. Garcia is currently managing director and founder of i3 Social Impact, a social enterprise in Bolivia dedicated to designing and implementing programs and projects in underserved communities. The enterprise has as its main clients and strategic partners entities such as the World Bank, Partners of the Americas, Banco Bisa, Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz, Melting Pot Foundation, ICCO Cooperación and the local government of El Alto. Prior to founding i3 Social Impact, Mrs. Garcia served as a consultant in Bolivia for BancoSol, a leading microfinance entity, and in Peru for AEI Services LLC (AEI), a transnational that owns and operates energy infrastructure in emerging markets. She provided high-level strategic advice, and assisted in relationship outreach, communications activities, sustainable development services, and implementation and monitoring of social initiatives. Mrs. Garcia also served as Executive Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Bolivia (BCSDB). She designed, managed and coordinated the efforts of the entity, which incorporates as its members the 15 largest companies that have investments in the country. Her past work includes 4 years of developing community development programs that became the foundations for the “corporate social responsibility programs” of the largest cement producer and of an important mining company, both located in Bolivia. In addition to her experience in this area, Mrs. Garcia has worked in the financial sector and investment banking for over 10 years. She has provided financial advice for different clients with an emphasis in project development, strategic planning and corporate finance.

Among Mrs. Garcia’s institutional activities, she currently is a board member of the Foundation for the Promotion of Inverted Trade Fairs and a professor at the Catholic University of Bolivia. In the past she has also been a board member of the Foundation for the Conservation of the Chiquitano Forest, BancoSol, the Bolivian Private University, the American Cooperative School and the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility; an associate of the Business Leadership Program for Sustainable Development; a founding member of the Association of Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs of La Paz; and promoter of a non-profit organization dedicated to reforestation.

Mrs. Garcia’s educational background includes an MBA from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Additionally, she has obtained special training on capital markets in a prestigious investment bank and on housing finance systems at the University of Pennsylvania.


Colleen M. Scanlan Lyons


Colleen Scanlan Lyons is a cultural anthropologist specializing in strategic planning for forest conservation, international network building, and social inclusion in sustainable development. Dr. Scanlan Lyons currently serves as the Project Director for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force and the co-Director of the LEEP Innovation Lab. She is also a Research Associate with the Environment and Society Group in in the University of Colorado’s (CU) Institute of Behavioral Science and an Adjunct Professor in the Anthropology Department at CU. Scanlan Lyons’ expertise includes project development and management, focusing on the social aspects of climate resilience and forest conservation and community participation, mobilization, and empowerment. She is an expert in developing experiential and applied educational opportunities that bring together governmental, civil society, and private sector actors and work to create integrated approaches to forest governance, sustainable livelihood development, and cultural preservation. Scanlan Lyons has taught leadership courses for the President’s Leadership Class, an honors program at CU. She also started CU’s Global Seminar in Brazil: Sustainable Development, Environmental Governance, and Social Entrepreneurship and co-founded the Brazil-US Network for Environment, Society, and Governance, which includes research and academic institutions in the U.S. (CU along with the Universities of Wisconsin, Kansas, and Indiana) and Brazil (University of São Paulo, Federal University of Maranhão, State University of Santa Cruz, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon). Scanlan Lyons has worked with and consulted for diverse social-environmental institutions and organizations such as the Climate Reality Project, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Global Greengrants Fund, the City of Boulder Open Space Department, the American Forum for Global Education, and the National Institute for Research in the Amazon. While her geographic expertise lies in Brazil, where she has over twenty years of experience working with organizations in the Amazon and Atlantic Forests, she has also developed projects in Bolivia, Belize, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Uganda, and the United States. Dr. Scanlan Lyons speaks proficient Portuguese, reasonable Spanish, and some French. She is the mother of Max (17), Ella (15) and Maya (12).


Julie Teel Simmonds

Senior Advisor

Julie Teel Simmonds joined the research faculty of Colorado Law in 2008 after working as an attorney for the Environmental Law Institute, Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the City of San Diego. While at the Center for Biological Diversity, Julie handled all aspects of litigation and advocacy for the Center’s Climate, Air and Energy Program (now the Climate Law Institute).  As a Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego, Julie assisted the City Attorney’s office in establishing an environmental law advisory unit and served as the advisory attorney to the Natural Resources & Culture Committee of the City Council. At Earthjustice, she represented environmental organizations in agency and court proceedings to protect species and ecosystems under a variety of federal and state statutes. For the last ten years, Julie has served as the Project Manager and now Associate Director to the Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force, where she focuses on governance and membership, facilitation of peer-to-peer learning, subnational participation in significant national and international forest and climate processes, and project management. She received a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies from U.C. Berkeley and her J.D. from NYU School of Law, and is a member of the California Bar (No. 208282) and the Colorado Bar (No. 32822).




Debra recently joined our team as the project administrator. Prior to joining us, she was the business manager for The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education on the CU Boulder campus for over seven years, where she gained experience in financial management, grant administration, event planning, and customer service. She holds a Master of International Management (International MBA) with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Denver and has several years of experience working in documentation and customer service for one of the leading worldwide shipping companies, American President Lines (APL). While working for APL, her primary customers were freight forwarders shipping cargo to Central and South America, and she enjoyed using her Spanish language skills whenever possible. Debra is passionate about working with people from around the world, traveling, and learning about other cultures.


Luke Pritchard

Senior Program Officer

Luke Pritchard is the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force Secretariat’s Senior Program Officer, bringing over a decade of experience in international development, tropical forestry, natural resource governance, and climate change.  Prior to joining the GCF Task Force he worked as a policy advisor and researcher in Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific on initiatives funded by donors, development banks, foundations, and the private sector focusing on the nexus of deforestation and climate change.  He holds an MSc in Agricultural Development and an MSc in Environmental and Forest Sciences.