Gwen Farnsworth

Gwen Farnsworth

Managing Senior Policy Advisor

Program/Department: Clean Energy

Office Location: Colorado

Area of Focus:

Gwen develops and advocates for policies that reduce the environmental impact of energy generation and use in the interior western states, with a focus on accelerating the region’s transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy strategies. She primarily supports Western Resource Advocates’ work in Colorado by participating in regulatory, legislative, and other policy forums.


Gwen joined Western Resource Advocates in 2011. She was previously an associate research director at E Source in Boulder, Colorado, where her research focused on energy efficiency and distributed energy program design, marketing, implementation, evaluation and regulatory policy. Ms. Farnsworth also previously worked as a research fellow at the RAND Corporation in California and as an intern at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria.


BA in Political Science and a BA in Russian Civilization from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MPh in Public Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California.

Favorite thing about the West:

The big blue skies – especially as seen biking through the farmland of northern Colorado, or down the winding road off the top of McClure Pass, or emerging from the wooded and rocky Taylor Canyon.

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