Benjamin Shelton JD ’11


Benjamin F. Shelton JD ’11 has been named the general counsel at the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department. Shelton has spent the past eight years as government affairs director for Conservation Voters New Mexico. He actively supported the 2019 Energy Transition Act and the 2021 Community Solar Act. Shelton’s undergraduate degree is in ecological studies.


Reports that he finished his first full legislative session with Conservation Voters New Mexico, advocating for stronger environmental laws and incentives for renewable energy development as the organization’s legislative and political director. Next, Shelton is focusing on supporting pro-conservation candidates in the 2016 New Mexico state elections.