James B. Martin ’81 is senior counsel to the Denver firm Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. Prior to this position, he served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In this position, he was responsible for broad-based health and environmental protection programs, including bioterrorism, disease prevention, control and epidemiology, and health statistics and vital records. The departments environmental responsibilities span a full array of activities such as air and water quality protection and improvement, hazardous waste, solid waste management, radiation services and pollution prevention. He managed a staff of 1,100 with a budget of over $280 million.
Prior to joining the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Jim was the executive director of Western Resource Advocates, a Boulder-based environmental law and policy organization, and the director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law. He was also senior attorney and director of the energy program for Environmental Defense, and from 1986 to 1992, he worked for former U.S. Representative and Senator Tim Wirth, including four years as state director and counsel.