With roots in both Nebraska and Kansas, Chris specialized in energy sector economics early in his career, gaining two decades of private sector experience in the energy and clean technology sector. Chris is now a passionate public servant, having become a Colorado State Representative in 2016. He currently serves in the Colorado State Senate, District 31, where he has cultivated respect for being data-driven and results-oriented, and for his authentic ability to collaborate across party lines. Chris serves on the Joint Budget committee, chairs the Appropriations Committee, and has successfully sponsored numerous clean-energy oriented bills. As Advisor at Janys Analytics Chris focused on energy sector consulting, and as Senior Director at IHS he led the acquisition and integration of 50+ companies. Chris was also a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, having published several papers in professional journals on energy sector economics.
Dr. Hansen has a PhD in Economic Geography from Oxford University, a Master of Science in Technology Policy from MIT, a Graduate Diploma of Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University.