Meet the Board of Directors

 

 

Aaron Mair, 2015-2016 Sierra Club President
RESIDENCE: Schenectady, New York
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1999
OCCUPATION: NYSDOH Public Health EPIGIS Analyst
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Chair 2010-present; National Diversity Council 2008-2010. Atlantic Chapter: Environmental Justice 2003-2004; Chapter Chair 2002-2003. Hudson Mohawk Group: International Human Rights/Environment 2003-present; Environmental Justice 2002-2008; Water Quality/Habitats 2006-2011.
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: EPA Environmental Quality Award for clean up of PCBs on the Hudson River 2000; Friends of Clean Hudson 1999; Current New York League of Conservation Voters Board Member 2000; Arbor Hill Environmental Justice Founder 1995-Current.


Robin Mann, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Vice President
RESIDENCE: Rosemont, PA
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1983, Life member
OCCUPATION: volunteer environmental activist
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Sierra Club President (2010-12), Vice President (2007-2010), Chair, National Advancement Council (2012-present), Volunteer Co-lead, Chapter-National Joint Planning Team (2012-present),Chair, Water Committee (2001-2006), Chapter Water Chair (2000-2005).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Darby Creek Valley Association, Board (2004-present), President (2007-2008); Local Environmental Advisory Council (2005-present); Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee (2003-present); Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean Water Steering Committee (2002-2005).


Susana Reyes, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Secretary
RESIDENCE: Glendale, California
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1999
OCCUPATION: Director of Human Resources
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: SC Political Team (2007-2011), Co-Chair SCPT Training Subcommittee (2008-2011) and National Political Training (2008); SCPT online political training developer and instructor (2008-2011); Angeles Chapter Chair, Political Committee (2004-2009) and Co-Chair (2010-2011); Verdugo Hills Group ExComm (2006-2007), Group Political Chair (2005- present), and Chapter Delegate (2005-2007); Personnel Committee Chair (2007-present); Chapter Political Leadership Awards Organizer (2008-2011); Angeles Chapter Executive Committee (2003- 2004) and Secretary (2002-2004).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV) Board Member (2004-present); LALCV Vice President (2005-2006); LALCV Endorsement Committee Chair (2010-present); LALCV Board Development Team Member (2008-2009); Arroyo Foothills Conservancy Board Member (2010-present): Los Angeles Filipino Association of City Employees, Affirmative Action Officer (2008- present); Campaign GOTV organizer, various races (City Mayor and Council, CA State Assembly and State Senate, Water Municipal Boards, Community College Board of Trustees, Judicial, and Southern CA Congressional races).


Loren Blackford, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Treasurer
RESIDENCE: New York, NY
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2003, Life Member
OCCUPATION: Environmental investor, donor & political advocate
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Finance and Risk Management Committee (2013); Sierra Club Foundation Board Chair (2010-2012); Foundation Director (2006-2012); Member, National Advancement Council (2005-2013); Chair, Cool Cities Taskforce (~2007-2009)
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Co-chair, Impact Investing Circle of Rachel’s Network (a group of women environmental donors); Member, President's Advisory Council, National Wildlife Federation; Member, E2 (environmental entrepreneurs); Investor, Geo-Investors (a mid-Western renewable energy infrastructure fund) and Ethical Electric (the CREDO of clean energy); Former Board Member, Friends of the New York High School for Environmental Studies; Former President, West 68th Street Block Association; Advisor, Living Cities' green community development initiative; Knowledge Sharing Director, The Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Program Officer of the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service at the 1992 Earth Summit and its preparatory meetings.


Liz Walsh, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Fifth Officer
RESIDENCE: El Paso, Texas
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1996
OCCUPATION: Professor of Biological Sciences
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National: Nominating Committee (2002-2004); Wildlife and Endangered Species Committee (2000-2008), Vice Chair (2002-2005), Chair (2005-2008); Trapping Policy Task Force, Chair (2011-); Rio Grande Chapter: Wildlife Co-Chair (1998-2008); El Paso Group: EXCOM (2003-), Endangered Species/Wildlife Chair (2000-).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Board Member: Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition (2011-), Vegetarian Society, El Paso (2001-), American Microscopical Society (2011-), Keystone Heritage Park (2005); El Paso Mayor's Environmental Taskforce (2001-2002); Ecological Society of America SEEDS Chapter, Environmental Advocates, Advisor (2004-).


Spencer Black, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Director
RESIDENCE: Madison, Wisconsin
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1975
OCCUPATION: Wisconsin state legislator (1985-2011) (retired)
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Sierra Club Political Team (2011-present), Chair, John Muir Chapter (1979), Executive Committee, John Muir Chapter (1977-1979), Associate Representative, Midwest Office (1983-84), Staff, John Muir Chapter (1983), Outings leader (1976-1980).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Chair, Wisconsin Assembly Natural Resources Committee (1987-1994, 2009-2010), Assembly Minority Leader (2001-2002), National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (1999-2010), Wisconsin Bicycle Federation Board of Directors (2010-present).


Donna Buell, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Director
RESIDENCE: Spirit Lake, Iowa
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2004
OCCUPATION: Environmental Activist, Attorney
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: National Finance and Risk Management Advisory Committee (2008-present); Council of Club Leaders Executive Committee (2007-present); Iowa Chapter Executive Committee (2004-present), Chapter Treasurer (2008-present); Prairie Lakes Group Executive Committee (2006-present), 2014-2015 Sierra Club Treasurer.
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Okoboji Protective Association Board of Directors (1998-present); Iowa Environmental Protection Commission (2003-2007); Dickinson Clean Water Alliance Coordinator (2005-2006); Citizens Concerned for Water Quality (1999-2001).


Allison Chin, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Director
RESIDENCE: Leesburg, VA
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1982
OCCUPATION: Retired Biologist, Volunteer Environmental Activist
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: SC President (2008-2010, 2012-2013), Director (2007-2013); Diversity Steering Committee (2010-present), Awards (2008-2013), Finance (2007-2012, 2013-present), Nominating (2003-2005), Training (2002-2007), Outdoor Activities (1999-2007); ICO Leader (1989-2008); Our Wild America Leadership Team (2013-present); Capacity Building Team (2014-present).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Director, The Sierra Club Foundation; Director, Women’s Voices For The Earth; Co-Chair, Board Members of Color and Indigenous People of Environmental and Conservation Organizations.


Michael Dorsey, 2015-2016 Director
RESIDENCE: New Haven, CT CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1986
OCCUPATION: Director, Joint Center's Environment Program SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Board Member, 1997-2003; 2009-2010; Fifth-Officer, 1998; Club UN Representative, World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2001-2002; International Committee 1998-2001; GovComs: Org-Effectiveness (1997-1998), Membership-Development (2000-2001), Conservation (2001-2002), Outdoor-Activities (2002-2003).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Full Member of the Club of Rome; Member, USEPA's National Advisory Committee; Director & Founding Member, Center for Environmental Health; Co-Founder/Board Member, Islands First (islandsfirst.org).


Jim Dougherty, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Director
RESIDENCE: Washington, D.C.
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1971. Life member since 1990.
OCCUPATION: Environmental lawyer and campaign strategist
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Director (1989-1992, 2005-2008), Secretary (2006-2007), Legal Committee (1991-present), Conservation Governance Committee (2001-present), Council Delegate (1987-1989, 2009-present), Finance Committee (2005-2006). Chapter Chair (2009-present), Conservation Chair (1995-1996), Legal Chair (1994-present), Outings Chair (2000-2002), Environmental Justice Committee (2009-present).
LEADERSHIP WITH OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS: Defenders of Wildlife - VP; Green Seal - General Counsel; USEPA - Law Enforcement Branch Chief; Friends of the National Zoo - Director; DC Environmental Planning Commissioner; League of Conservation Voters National Advisory Council, DC Environmental Network - Co-founder.


Chuck Frank, 2015-2016 Director
RESIDENCE: Highland Park, IL
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1976 Life Member
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: 1998-2004, 2005-2012 Member Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors; 1996-Current NAC (National Advisory Council); 2012-Current Sierra Summit Circle; 2012-Current Business Partnership Committee; 2010 Chapter Fund Raising Task Force; 1996 Chair Midwest Advancement Committee; 2010-Current Member of Green Transportation Committee.
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS; President and Owner of Z. Frank, Inc. since 1990; President and Owner of Wheelco, Inc 1980-1998; Manager of various real estate partnerships including Arthur Avenue, LLC and 666 Partners, LLC; 1994-Current Board Member of YMCA of Metro Chicago; 1976-Current Board Member of various local and Chicago Central Jewish Community Center Boards of Directors. Member of Environmental Advisory Committee for the Honorable Congressman Brad Schneider (D-ILL 10th)


Jessica Helm, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Director
RESIDENCE: Rocky Point, New York
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2003
OCCUPATION: PhD candidate in Neuroscience
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Activist Network: Hydrofracking Team Leader (2010-present). Atlantic Chapter: Conservation Chair (2009-present), Financial Affairs Committee (2010-present), Online Media Chair (2009-present), Executive Committee (2009-present). Long Island Group: Conservation Chair (2006-2009), Executive Committee (2006-2009), Publicity Chair (2006-2008).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Brookhaven Clean Energy Task Force


Steve Ma, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Director
RESIDENCE: El Cerrito, CA
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2010, Life member
OCCUPATION: Senior Partner, Accelerate Change
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS:Coordinator, Environmental Bill of Rights petition drive which generated over 1,200,000 signatures (1995); Canvass Director, New York City and Sacramento offices which led to thousands of members and raised $200,000 (1996, 1997).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Board Chair, NJPIRG (1992-1993); Named Asian American of the Year by AsianWeek for my efforts to reduce big money’s influence in politics (2001); Board Chair, One Common Unity (2010-present); Founder/Director, Live Green (2008-2013).


Margrete Strand-Rangnes, 2015-2016 Sierra Club Director
RESIDENCE: Washington DC
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 2003
OCCUPATION: Executive Vice President, Public Citizen
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Director for Sierra Club’s Labor and Trade Program, 2004-2012; Intern with the Responsible Trade Program, 1996; Volunteer with DC Chapter’s Restore the Core campaign, 1995-1996.
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Past experience: helped launch and worked as Deputy Director for BlueGreen Alliance (labor and environmental strategic partnership); helped start global network working on fair trade and investment issues.


Dean Wallraff, 2015-2016 Director
RESIDENCE: Los Angeles, California
CURRENT MEMBER SINCE: 1976, Life Member
OCCUPATION: Environmental Public-Interest Attorney
SIERRA CLUB LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Angeles Chapter: Chapter Conservation Chair (2006-2007), Legal Chair (2009-2011), At-Large ExCom Member (2006-2007), Verdugo Hills Group Conservation Chair (2005-2006), Outings Leader (1993-present). National Sierra Club: America's Wild Legacy Committee (2007-2008); Sequoia/King's Canyon Committee (2012-present).
OTHER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS: Executive Director, Advocates for the Environment.