2012-2013 Luce Scholar

Justin Henceroth is a Colorado native and Fellow at the Meridian Institute, where he provides key project support for collaborative processes that help people solve problems, make informed decisions, and craft innovative solutions to society’s most complex and challenging issues. While at Meridian, some of his major accomplishments included support for a flagship open government project with the U.S. Forest Service to revise forest planning guidelines, the development of a report on Smart Grid policy options in Colorado, and the design of a system to help communities improve their resilience. He also played a key role in the development of the Meridian Fellowship program – a two-year professional development program for recent college graduates. Prior to joining Meridian, he interned with a number of organizations in the non-profit and government sectors, including the Keystone Center, the Colorado House of Representatives, the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, and a U.S. Senate campaign. Mr. Henceroth studied Biology at Colorado College, where he graduated cum laude with Distinctions. At graduation, he was awarded the Mary Alice Hamilton Award for the top graduating biology major and the J. Juan Reid Award for combining academic excellence and extra-curricular achievement. He co-chaired the Honor Council, was a Fellow in the office of admissions, tutored students in the quantitative disciplines, and conducted research with the College and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on geochemical and morphological structures in Camarasaurus dinosaur teeth. In December, 2011, a paper he co-authored was published in Nature. Mr. Henceroth is also an accomplished freestyle mogul skier. He is a Boettcher Scholar, National Merit Scholar, and Rhodes finalist.