Elise Jones was elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2012 and again in 2016. Her current term continues through early January 2021.
Elise also serves as the Chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and the Chair of the Metro Area County Commissioners (2016).
Elise has lived in Boulder County for nearly 20 years where she has been an important environmental advocate and active community member around many topics and issues key to Boulder County.
Prior to serving as County Commissioner, Elise served as executive director for the Colorado Environmental Coalition for 13 years where she worked to protect local ecosystems and open spaces, pushed for sustainable transportation and promoted positive state legislation, among many other accomplishments.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University in New York and a master’s in Resource Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Michigan, Elise has decades of experience with the legislative process.
She has worked as a regional director for the League of Conservation Voters, a senior legislative assistant for an Oregon congresswoman, and a project coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation. She has dedicated her non-profit and volunteer time to the Boulder Planning Board, Denver metro area’s Regional Air Quality Council, Greenprint Denver Advisory Council, and Colorado Conservation Voters.
She also has a passion for fighting homelessness and pursuing clean energy and sustainable transportation options.
Elise lives in Boulder with her partner, Karl, and their daughter, McKenzie.
As a resident of Boulder, Commissioner Jones represents residential District 1.