Policy Advisor, Climate Justice Program
Ted Gleichman brings four decades of socio-political activism and enterprise experience to his work as a policy advisor to CSE, with a focus on the Climate Justice Program. Ted served as a Vista Volunteer with the Oglala Lakota Nation on Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota; was part of the team that stopped the nuclear fracking of Western Colorado after the Rulison and Rio Blanco underground nuclear explosions in tight shale-gas formations; and was arrested twice at the White House protesting the Keystone XL pipeline.
Ted’s electoral political work in Colorado and Oregon includes staffing a dozen campaigns, ranging from city council and county commission races to mayoral and US Senate efforts. Working with the initiative process in Colorado, he helped to:
- remove the statewide sales tax on food;
- convert the Denver Metro Regional Transportation District board from appointed to elected;
- shift the city charter balance of power in Denver from the mayor toward the city council;
- generate a landslide citywide endorsement of the Nuclear Freeze campaign in Denver, chairing the campaign; and
- achieve a State Democratic Party endorsement of a vote to ban nuclear power.
Ted has held volunteer leadership posts within Sierra Club, both in Oregon and nationally, in the fight against new fossil fuels infrastructure. He has been working since 2008 to stop massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export pipelines and terminals from being built on the Oregon Coast and inside the mouth of the Columbia River, and is one of the key leaders of the statewide coalition guiding this struggle.
Ted has published op-eds in The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, The Colorado Statesman, and The Oregonian. He’s worked in operations management for entrepreneurial software start-ups, as a managerial mayoral appointee for the City and County of Denver, and as a manager in a Fortune 100 telecom. He is a graduate of Regis University.