Mark Truax

Executive Vice President

Mark manages the firm’s Denver office as well as oversees the firm’s work in the energy sector, with a specific focus in oil and natural gas, agriculture, and federal affairs. Mark’s expertise includes government relations, strategic communications, campaign management, crisis management, and stakeholder outreach. Since opening Pac/West’s Denver office in 2013, he has guided the office’s growth and expansion, including the cultivation of a diverse national client base with projects in Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Washington, DC, and Wyoming, among others.

For Pac/West’s clients, Mark serves as executive leadership to guide each project to success. Mark oversees the firm’s largest client, Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED), where he handles the operations of the multi-faceted public education campaign around oil and natural gas development. He also manages daily operations of Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy, and Energy Independence (Protect Colorado)—a ballot issue committee created to promote strong economic, business-friendly initiatives and defend responsible oil and natural gas production. In 2018, Mark served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Protect Colorado’s No on Proposition 112 campaign, successfully defeating Proposition 112, which would have inflicted irrevocable harm on the state’s oil and natural gas industry, by a 10% margin. He is currently overseeing the implementation of several strategic communications programs, government relations strategies, and new creative tools for various companies and trade associations in states across the U.S.

Mark has a keen ability to work with large organizations, from large publicly traded companies, private businesses, CEO trade associations, advocacy groups, and individuals to guide his clients to victory. He has successfully worked to oversee ongoing government relations needs for clients, develop and implement complex communications and outreach strategies, and elect officials to local, state, and federal office.

Prior to returning to Pac/West in 2013, Mark worked for the National Association of Conservation Districts in Washington, DC where he oversaw the western United States. Mark led the Association’s work with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service as well as the House and Senate Resources Committees. While with the Association, he worked on a multitude of natural resources issues, including public lands, wildlife, energy, and endangered species. Mark was instrumental in raising the profile of the Association with the Department of the Interior, including negotiating the five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Association and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Mark is an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts, currently serving on the Executive Board of Directors of the Denver Area Council where he serves on several committees including chairing the National Eagle Scout Association Denver Chapter. He is also on the Conservation Task Force for the Boy Scouts of America National Committee.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Government from Pacific University.