Areas of expertise:
Climate policy, parks and open space, land use and transportation policy, environmental justice, nonprofit management, ballot initiatives, municipal government, political affairs, energy efficiency, and waste diversion
Jolon coordinates EDF’s political engagement and advocacy work in Colorado while supporting the organization’s climate, methane, water, energy, and transportation policy goals in the state. Jolon works alongside government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses to further EDF’s policies while engaging stakeholders and navigating Colorado’s unique political landscape.
Prior to joining EDF, Jolon served two terms on the Denver City Council and served as Council President from 2018-2020. While on council, Jolon spearheaded major climate and environmental legislation including the creation of a new Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency and restructuring the city’s waste collection system to include free weekly recycling and compost while charging a fee based on the volume of landfill waste produced. Jolon also referred a parks and open space funding measure and a climate funding measure to the ballot for Denver voters and then worked on both successful campaigns to create over 80 million dollars a year of new funding for these environmental issues. Before his time on the council, he worked for The Greenway Foundation.
Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management, Regis University
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, Colorado State University