Staff Biography for Penelope Purdy

Penelope Purdy is director of communications for the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project. Her job is to help the public, news media, businesses, customers, utility regulators and other stakeholders understand the potential for energy efficiency in the region we serve, and the many ways these projects can aid consumers and communities. The issues include proactive public policy improvements in utilities, vehicle fuel-efficiency, electric vehicles, and commercial and residential buildings.

Penelope previously served as a communication officer for The Pew Charitable Trusts, a broad-based public policy organization that emphasizes fact-based research and advocacy on some of today’s most pressing issues.  Her areas of expertise included the clean energy and vehicle fuel-efficiency programs.

Prior to her non-profit work, Penelope spent many years in journalism including at the Denver Post as an editorial writer and columnist and, earlier, as a business journalist covering the environment and energy industries. Her writing garnered several honors such as Aldo Leopold Award for Distinguished Editorial Writing.

Earlier in her career, Penelope also worked as managing editor of Colorado Business Magazine, manager of corporate information for JohnsManville, and as a reporter and photographer for newspapers in her home state, Wyoming. She has taught graduate-level online courses at the University of Denver’s University College, freelanced for several publications including The New York Times, and published a guidebook Hiking Colorado’s Roadless Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press).

She received her bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Wyoming and her master of arts in international and intercultural communications from the University of Denver.

An avid outdoorswoman, Penelope enjoys mountain climbing, skiing, backpacking, canoeing, sailing and adventure travel.