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The Hon. William Ritter, Jr.

Operating Partner, Sustainability


The Hon. William Ritter, Jr. is an Operating Partner in the Sustainability Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.

Ritter served as the most recent Governor of Colorado, where he led the state to become a leader in renewable energy by building a New Energy Economy that is creating thousands of new jobs and establishing hundreds of new companies; enacted an aggressive business-development and job-creation agenda that is focused on knowledge-based industries of the future such as energy, aerospace, biosciences, information technology, and tourism.

Governor Ritter initiated sweeping K-12 education reforms to give Colorado children the skills and knowledge they need to compete and succeed in a 21st century global economy; and improved access to quality and affordable health care.  Ritter served as Denver's District Attorney, earning a national reputation as one of the country's most effective and innovative prosecutors, where several of his programs continue to serve as state and national models.

He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Colorado.  Gov. Ritter is currently the Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University.