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Leadership

Howard Brooks

Chief Executive Officer

Howard Brooks is the Executive Director of the Energy Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that works to keep income-qualified families warm and safe. Serving thirteen Colorado counties, the organization reduces energy consumption an average of 25% in hundreds of homes annually.

For the last 30 years he has been a leader in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Prior to joining ERC, he was Chief Operating Officer at Pikes Peak United Way. He has directed marketing programs at companies including Deluxe Corporation, Time Life, and NordicTrack. His professional career began as an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force. Howard and his wife Dale live in Colorado Springs, enjoying all the outdoor beauty and adventure outside their door.

  • Governors’ Commission on Low Income Energy Assistance, member
  • Edson Family Foundation Board of Trustees, secretary
  • First Presbyterian Church, elder
  • Barr Camp Board of Trustees, chairman
  • Funders Forum, member
  • Partners in Philanthropy, co-chair
  • Quality of Life Indicators Advisory Committee, member
  • 2-1-1 Advisory Committee, member
  • Colorado Fire Relief Fund, allocations committee member
  • Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund, allocations committee member
  • Leadership Pikes Peak, class of 2004
  • Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, class of 2006
  • Nonprofit Executive Leadership Program, class of 2012

Aaron Martinez

Deputy Executive Director

Aaron has a broad range of experience in many aspects of residential energy efficiency, affordable housing programs, and low-income community development. From framing houses in the Texas heat as he worked through college, to building homes for impoverished communities outside of Lima, Peru, to teaching construction and job skills to disadvantaged inner-city Denver youth, Aaron knows that in many cases, what people need most is simply the opportunity to succeed.

Prior to joining ERC, Aaron led Longs Peak Energy Conservation, a low-income weatherization and home rehabilitation program based in Boulder County. Aaron was instrumental in developing housing rehabilitation programs in response to the historic flood events in Boulder County in the fall of 2013. With 10 years of experience in the weatherization and residential energy efficiency industries, Aaron developed advanced skills in program management and leadership as well as practical experience in energy auditing, inspection, insulation, and HVAC.

Aaron currently sits on the Colorado Commission for Low-Income Energy Assistance. In his free time, Aaron tries to keep pace with his teenage son and enjoys motorcycles, hiking, camping, and all things outdoors.

Charlie Sanchez

Program Director for the San Luis Valley

He’s a lifelong resident of Alamosa and the San Luis Valley working as a contractor since 1992. He was hired by Energy Resource Center in May of 2004 and has worked within the Weatherization Assistance Program keeping the San Luis Valley’s citizens warm and safe for just under 12 years. He’s worked with the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a scheme committee to help develop Standard Work Specifications for weatherization professionals nationwide.

In October of 2011, Charlie had the honor of joining Vice President Joe Biden in Washington DC for his efforts in helping transition United States Veterans back into the mainstream workforce through the Weatherization Assistance Program.

Charlie currently sits on the Alamosa School District Board of Directors, as well as the San Luis Valley Housing Coalition Board. His wife Sheila, who is an educator, grew up in the San Luis Valley and they have two children, Peyton and Landon.