Westrends Board

The Westrends board is comprised of one legislator from each of the 13 western states. It provides a forum and an opportunity to evaluate the direction and velocity of trends that affect the quality of life in the West through conversations with futurists and demographers. In a region that is increasingly defined by rapid change, Westrends focuses on the implications for policy makers of the demographic, economic and cultural trends that are shaping the western states.



Senator Ginny Burdick



Speaker Kermit Brown















Senator Lesil McGuire

Representative T.J. Shope


Senator Kevin Grantham

Representative Kyle Yamashita

Representative Rich Wills

Senator Roger Webb

Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams

Senate President Mary Kay Papen

Senator Ginny Burdick

Senator Ralph Okerlund

Senator Linda Evans Parlette

Speaker Kermit Brown



2016 Meeting


The Future of Energy in the West and Models of Consensus Building to Overcome Polarization will Underscore Westrends Board Meeting


The Westrends Board will provide an opportunity for participating legislators to focus on the future of energy development in the West and models of consensus building to overcome increased political polarization. This will include insightful presentations on domestic and global energy trends by Dr. Mark Northam, Director of the University of Wyoming's School of Energy Resources, and Rob Gardner, Manager of the Economics & Energy Planning Division for Exxon Mobil. Scott Raecker, Director of the Robert D. and Billy Ray Center at Drake University, will facilitate an engaging discussion on models of consensus building and tools that western lawmakers can implement in their respective legislative institutions. The Westrends session will be insightful and invite substantive engagement for all attendees.


The Westrends Board will convene Thursday, September 8 from 2-5 p.m


Click here for the 2016 meeting draft agenda


Rob Gardner

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Mark Northam

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Scott Raecker

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MLA Estefania Cortes-Vargas

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2015 Meeting


Click here for the 2015 meeting agenda


Click here to view the summary for the 2015 meeting.


Click here for the 2014 meeting agenda



Click here for the powerpoint on the Mexican Energy Sector Reform and Prospects for North America

Click here for the powerpoint on the Future of Energy Development in the West

Click here for the powerpoint from the Alaska Artic Policy Commission


Meeting Summaries

August 9, 2014 - 67th CSG West Annual Meeting

July 31, 2013 - 66th CSG West Annual Meeting



For more information on WESTRENDS, Please contact CSG West staff Edgar Ruiz by phone at (916) 553-4423 or email at  eruiz@csg.org