Since 1994, Stuart A. Sanderson has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Colorado Mining Association (CMA). The Colorado Mining Association, established in 1876, is a trade association whose more than 1,000 members include producers of coal, metals, uranium, agricultural and industrial minerals; service providers and suppliers. Mining accounts for more than $8.8 billion in revenue for Colorado and more than 73,000 jobs.
A nationally recognized spokesman for the Colorado mining industry, Sanderson has authored many guest editorials and/or letters that have appeared in the Denver Post, the Wall Street Journal and other publications. He has appeared frequently on radio and television news programs, including Colorado Public Radio, the PBS News Hour, and Comcast Television. In Colorado, he has led the effort to enact laws and regulations promoting environmentally responsible resource development using the latest technologies.
Under his leadership, CMA developed a landmark outreach program, which included print and televised media campaigns to raise public awareness of the importance of mining. The Mining & Metallurgical Society of America honored him with the 2010 President’s Citation for his groundbreaking work. He is also the sole mining industry executive to be listed in the Denver Business Journal’s 2012 publication “Who’s Who in Energy.” In April 2013, he received the SME Mineral Process Division’s Arthur C. Damon Lifetime Achievement Award.
A 1976 graduate of the American University’s Washington College of Law, Sanderson is admitted to practice in three states and several federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He received his B. A. degree in political science from the University of Rochester in 1973, graduating with distinction.