MATT LEPORE is the strategic advisor and legal counsel for Adamantine Energy, in Denver, CO. Matt’s skillset and experience broaden and deepen Adamantine’s capacity to fulfill its mission: to transcend conflict around energy projects and forge enduring solutions. Matt works with clients at the leadership, executive and board levels, guiding them to evolve their business strategies to reduce and transform their political and policy risk. Prior to joining Adamantine, Matt was the director for five and a half years of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), the agency that regulates oil and gas exploration and production in Colorado. As director, Matt saw the passions on all sides of energy development projects — and developed deep expertise on how to navigate those passions to find the pragmatic middle. Matt worked to prioritize transparency, access and participatory inclusion for the public and other stakeholders as values in the Commission’s processes and decision making. Prior to his tenure as director, Matt was a Colorado assistant attorney general and was counsel to the COGCC. Matt represented the Commission before the state trial and appellate courts and advised the Commission on regulatory and enforcement matters as well as agency rulemaking. Matt also has nearly 20 years’ experience in private law practice focused on environmental and natural resources law, first at Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, and later at Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. Matt earned his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his J.D. degree from Stanford University. In 2011-2012 Matt was chairman of the Colorado Bar Association Environmental Law Section. Matt is currently the Vice Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), and past Chair of the IOGCC Legal and Regulatory Committee. Matt is a Colorado native who enjoys skiing, cycling, and backpacking with his family and friends in Colorado’s high country.