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Martha E. Rudolph

Martha Rudolph

Environmental Attorney, Former Director of Environmental Programs, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

An environmental attorney, Martha Rudolph spent most of her career in the public sector, most recently as the director of environmental programs for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. From 2007 to 2019 Ms. Rudolph was responsible for developing policy and direction for the department’s Air Quality, Environmental Health and Sustainability, Hazardous Materials and Waste Management, and Water Quality divisions. For the last year of his term, Governor Ritter appointed Ms. Rudolph to serve as executive director for the department, where her responsibilities expanded to include oversight of the environmental programs as well as the state public health programs. 

Ms. Rudolph is a member and current chair of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, co-chair of the Environmental Health Matters Initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, a member of the board of directors for the Environmental Research Institute of the States, and past co-chair of the membership committee and current member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Ms. Rudolph was chair of the Colorado Regional Air Quality Council from 2019 to 2021. She was a past president of the Environmental Council of States, co-chair of the ECOS Shale Gas Caucus, and chair of the ECOS Air Committee. She served as a member and vice-chair of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission from 2000 to 2007, a member of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in 2010, and an advisory member of the Division on Earth and Life Studies of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine from 2016–2022.

Ms. Rudolph was a first assistant attorney general in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, and was in private practice, and in-house at a natural gas pipeline company. Ms. Rudolph received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center.