Denver City Councilman Jolon Clark, who will leave office later this month, has taken a job with an environmental advocacy nonprofit.
Clark will serve as Colorado state director for Environmental Defense Fund, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.
The organization, which is based in New York, said in a statement that Clark will bring “additional capacity and expertise to its political engagement and advocacy efforts in the Mountain West.”
Clark was elected in 2015 to represent Denver’s District 7, which comprises the south-central part of the city. He served two terms and announced last year that he would not seek a third.
EDF noted in its announcement that Clark previously worked for The Greenway Foundation, a Denver nonprofit focused on the South Platte River corridor.
“During my eight years in the public sector, I have been proud to work alongside the environmental community to push forward our shared priorities at both the municipal and state level …. Addressing the real concerns of communities overburdened by climate pollution will be top of mind as we work with policymakers, other NGOs and industry toward meaningful solutions that support both our environment and the economy in Colorado,” Clark said in a statement.
Clark is one of six council members that will leave their post later this month. Councilwoman Kendra Black also opted not to run for a third term. Councilmembers Chris Herndon, Robin Kniech and Debbie Ortega had served three terms and were ineligible for another, although Ortega unsuccessfully ran for mayor. And Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca was unsuccessful in her bid for a second term, losing to Darrell Watson.
Clark is the only one to have announced his next job.