Protect Our Winters Hires Its First Chief Operating Officer – BizWest

BOULDER — Protect Our Winters, a Boulder-based climate change nonprofit, recently hired Ryan Laemel as its first Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining POW, Laemel worked for seven years for the Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit focused on clean energy.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ryan Laemel as POW’s first Chief Operating Officer,” POW CEO Erin Sprague said in a prepared statement. “Ryan’s entrepreneurial experience, decarbonization expertise and human-centered leadership will be instrumental in growing POW’s outdoor climate movement. His love of rock climbing and trail running will also be part of our journey together.”


Platte River Power Authority joined the organized energy market in 2023 and will join another in 2026. Read more about how these actions benefit the communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.

POW was founded in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones.