FORT COLLINS - Lisa Rephlo has been named executive director of the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, a nonprofit economic-development organization aimed at growing primary jobs in Colorado through formal partnerships between clean-energy companies, the public sector and higher education.

Rephlo, who began full-time duties with the cluster May 1, replaces Judy Dorsey, founder and owner of the Brendle Group in Fort Collins.

A Fort Collins resident for the past 13 years, Rephlo has a degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and a master's in finance and business economics from the University of Chicago. She held several positions including a vice presidency at Broomfield-based MWH Global, an environmental-services consulting firm, and worked on projects such as the Net Zero Energy Plan for the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss, Texas, and an energy master plan for the city of Aurora's water department.

Her office is in Colorado State University's new Powerhouse Campus in Fort Collins.

Among the items on Rephlo's agenda is to attend the International Cleantech Network Summit later this month in Copenhagen, Denmark. She and Bruce Hendee, the city of Fort Collins' sustainability officer, will present a challenge project promoting use of solar-powered vehicles in Fort Collins, Loveland and Boulder.

The member base of the Colorado Clean Energy Cluster has grown to support more than 32 companies employing more than 3,000 people, and works to help put Colorado's clean-energy companies in a national and international spotlight.