Tracee Bentley, Executive Director, Colorado Petroleum Council

Inner Circle Q&A

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I would be a coach for Special Olympics Colorado. Watching my seventeen year old son coach Unified Sports has been one of the greatest experiences of both of our lives. We have found that we have learned more from our friends with special needs than perhaps they have learned from us.

How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to lead by example. I believe a good leader doesn’t ask her/his team to do anything she/he is not willing to do. I also firmly believe that the best leaders are constantly learning from those around them and are not afraid to admit they don’t know everything.

What are some industry trends that have an impact on your role as a leader?
As the oil & natural gas industry continues to innovate and bring on new technology, we are drastically reducing emissions. From 2000 to 2014, the oil and natural gas industry invested approximately $90 billion in zero- and low-emissions technologies, second only to the federal government. One out of every 6 dollars invested in non-hydrobcarbon energy technologies during this period came from the oil and natural gas industry. In 2014, the oil and natural gas industry reduced its own emissions by 55.5 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent; akin to taking 11.8 million cars off the road. Making sure Colorado is a healthy place to live is critical and I’m proud to work for an Industry that makes it a priority.


Tracee Bentley is Executive Director of the Colorado Petroleum Council, a statewide organization focusing on energy priorities in the state, including hydraulic fracturing and energy infrastructure, as the state seeks to create jobs, generate more revenue to the government and produce more domestic energy.

Prior to joining the Colorado Petroleum Council in March 2015, Bentley served in several key positions including Legislative Director & Senior Advisor on Energy and Agriculture and Deputy Director of the Colorado Energy Office for Governor John Hickenlooper.

Prior to joining the Hickenlooper Administration, she was a founding Principal of a bi-partisan lobbying firm that focused on energy, natural resource, and agriculture interests. Bentley also served as the Director of National Affairs for the Colorado Farm Bureau where she spearheaded important issues including: energy, immigration, farm policy, and international trade.

She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University and prior to receiving her bachelor’s degree, Bentley worked in Washington, DC for U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell.


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