Reece Appointed New Club 20 Executive Director

Club 20 was founded in 1953 to enable Western Slope cities, counties and businesses to speak with one voice to the state legislature. Today, the 62-year-old lobbying organization is being led by one of its youngest executive directors, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CD 3), Christian Reece. Reece grew up in an Air Force family, traveling and relocating frequently, until her father retired and moved his family to Rifle, where she went to high school. She attended Colorado Mesa University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, planning to enter medical school. When she chose not to go to medical school, she worked for a year for a security agency, followed by four years in fundraising with Habitat for Humanity, then a couple of years assisting Congressman Tipton.  “I worked with Club 20 a lot in Tipton’s office,” she said, making her very familiar with issues of importance to the Western Slope. Club 20 has 10 policy committees concerned with Western Slope issues such as public lands management, oil and gas development, coal mining, forestry, water availability, severance taxes, agricultural tourism, and high-speed broadband service. Her duties as executive director are varied and somewhat intangible. “It’s public relations, lobbying, bill monitoring,” Reece stated. “It’s making sure our membership is being heard.”