Meet the Secretariat Team
William Boyd, Project Lead
William Boyd is a Professor of Law 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 State 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. As Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Policy (LEEP) innovation, he oversees all activities and has major responsibilities for the GCF Task Force, the PUC Clean Energy Collaborative Project, and the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Project.
Colleen M. Scanlan Lyons, Project Director
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. 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 to create integrated approaches to forest governance, sustainable livelihood development, and cultural preservation. 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, Associate Director
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).
Luke Pritchard, Senior Program Officer
As the Senior Program Officer at the GCF Task Force Secretariat, Luke Pritchard brings 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 has helped develop technical tools for forest carbon accounting and contributed to papers on climate finance, safeguards, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV), and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Luke currently sits on the Steering Committee of the LEDS GP Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) Working Group and holds an MSc in Agricultural Development and an MSc in Environmental and Forest Sciences. With the GCF Task Force Luke works regionally with members and coordinators in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia and coordinates the network's work on agricultural supply chain initiatives and deep decarbonization planning.
Debra Haffey, Project Administrator
Debra Haffey recently joined the GCF Task Force as the project administrator. Prior to joining the GCF, 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.