Loretta Pineda has had a long and distinguished career in natural resources protection and non-profit management. She has spent decades advocating for equity and inclusion in outdoor spaces in Colorado. In 2014, Loretta retired after 33 years of service from the State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources, where she served as Division Director of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety.
After a brief flirtation with retirement, she spent six years as the Executive Director of Environmental Learning for Kids, where she helped expand educational outdoor experiences and environmental education opportunities for culturally diverse youth while leading a $6 million campaign to restore open space and build an education center in the Montbello neighborhood before retiring in 2021.
In her re-retirement, she serves on several boards dedicated to youth development and environmental protection. Loretta grew up on a farm in northern Colorado and has a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University.