Our Expert Staff

WRA’s team of policy experts, scientists, economists, engineers, and attorneys has three decades of working where decisions are made, sweating the details, creating evidence-based solutions, and holding decision makers accountable.

Jessica Gelay

Colorado Government Affairs Manager


Government Affairs

Office Location

Denver, Colorado

Area of Focus

Jessica works with WRA’s clean energy team to advance innovative legislative and administrative policy solutions critical to addressing Colorado’s most pressing conservation challenges.


Jessica joined Western Resource Advocates in March 2020. Jessica has a background working as an issue advocacy specialist in New Mexico where she served as an expert witness at legislative committee hearings, helped draft bills, did community organizing, and led campaigns for drug policy reform. Prior to that she owned a software company that provided identity verification for medical cannabis patients in California.


Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California.

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