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Howard Brooks

Executive Director

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

Prior to joining ERC, he led Longs Peak Energy Conservation, a low-income weatherization and home rehabilitation program based in Boulder County. Aaron has a broad range of experience in many aspects of residential energy efficiency and affordable housing programs from management and development to energy auditing, insulation, and HVAC.

Aaron’s greatest strengths are his creativity, drive, and leadership. He thrives on investing in people and creating opportunities for people to build a better world, whether that be low-income households, team members, or strategic partners.

In 2015 Aaron was part of a team recognized with the Boulder Pinnacle Award for the development and implementation of flood recovery programs for residents affected by the disastrous flooding in Boulder County in September 2013.

Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern A/G University and several accreditations through BPI, EPA, and DOE. He lives in Centennial with his wife, teenage son, and golden-doodle. In his free time, Aaron likes to hike, bicycle, and ride his Triumph motorcycle.

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.