Shabina N. Bahl
Chief Advancement Officer
Shabina is a seasoned fundraising leader and team builder having raised more than $400M while leading development teams at nonprofits ranging from public policy organizations and environmental advocacy groups to hospitals, universities and think tanks. As our Chief Advancement Officer, Shabins leads a team of professionals responsible for raising $65+ Million annually to fund programs that support the mission of Sierra Club.
Prior to Sierra Club, Shabina served as Vice President, Philanthropic Partnerships at Pew Charitable Trusts and raised $100 million+ in three years while fundraising for a range of issues from land and ocean conservation to criminal justice reform. Before she joined Pew, she spent fifteen years in fundraising and leadership roles at her alma mater, Johns Hopkins. Shabina's pivotal role at Hopkins focused on fundraising for cancer research and patient care. In partnership with surgeons and scientists, she led an unprecedented $100 million+ fundraising campaign aimed at preventing and curing urologic cancers. Prior to joining the non-profit community, Shabina spent her early career in the banking sector.
Shabina is an avid volunteer and a dedicated board member, and is currently serving on the board of Richcroft services in Hunt Valley, MD, an organization focused on providing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. She is a first-generation immigrant to this country, having been born and raised in India. Shabina lives in Fairfax, VA with her fiance and family, and occasional foster dogs.
Chief Energy Officer
As Chief Energy Officer, Holly brings more than 15 years of experience building winning strategic campaigns to address the climate crisis, including 12 years working on and helping to lead the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which Politico described as the most extensive and effective campaign in the history of the Sierra Club and the environmental movement. Holly leads a team of Campaign Directors, Analysts, and Campaign Strategists who are responsible for developing the Sierra Club’s climate strategy through to the transformation of our energy systems away from fossil fuels to clean energy.
Holly grew up in Vermont, and spent her childhood hiking, canoeing, and exploring in the woods behind her house. A toxic chemical spill left her childhood home with dangerous levels of indoor air pollution, and at age eight, Holly knew she wanted to become a lawyer working with other families impacted by pollution. Holly became an attorney, and after internships working on environmental justice and air pollution, Holly started at the Sierra Club in the Environmental Law Program managing the organization’s litigation approval docket on issues ranging from endangered species protection to regulating toxic chemicals in consumer products. Over 15 years, Holly has held positions as a regional and national campaign leader with a focus on building teams and driving winning strategies that have a meaningful impact on people’s lives.
Holly lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Dave (a fellow clean energy lawyer) and their two daughters Hazel and Margot.
Chief of Staff
Kia Brown serves as Chief of Staff. She is a seasoned executive who has spent over 20 years working at the highest levels of government and non-profit organizations. Much of her professional career was at the NAACP where she was privileged to serve 4 National Presidents in the areas of Executive Management, Operations, Stakeholder Relations, and Strategic Advisement. Kia’s final role at the NAACP was Chief of Staff. In addition to non-profit work, Kia has spent a number of years working in the area of politics as the treasurer for statewide and congressional campaigns. Most recently she was honored to work for a second time at the US House of Representatives as Director of Operations for Congressman Kweisi Mfume. Kia is also the creator and executive producer of the YouTube show Grown Women Talk which prior to COVID-19 broadcasted weekly with information on politics, health, beauty, fashion, fitness, and relationships. Kia is a proud Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University where she received a degree in political science and attended as a legacy student following in her parents’ footsteps. One of her greatest honors was receiving the 2017 NAACP Medgar Evers Award for Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon a national professional staff member of the NAACP for outstanding service. Kia lives in Baltimore, MD with her husband and is the mother of 2 daughters. She was influenced by her health conscious grandparents who taught her the value of holistic health resulting in her love of walking in the outdoors and growing her own vegetables (particularly the best beefsteak tomatoes) and herbs. If in Baltimore, you may see her at a local farmers market or walking in her community.
Aida Mariam Davis
Chief People Officer
Born to an Ethiopian family in Baltimore, Aida Mariam Davis lived between multiple worlds. She is a descendant of anti-colonial fighters who kept Ethiopia free from colonialism when virtually all of Africa was carved out and divided among European powers. She was raised in Apple Valley, CA where her father was a member of the Mojave Desert Sierra Club and instilled a love of people and our planet. She left Apple Valley to attend UC Berkeley and it was there in Oakland that her life of activism sparked. In college, she worked for Malcolm X Grassroots Organizing (MXGM), then for Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who invited her to join the Gathering of the Elders -- a meeting of civil rights leaders and young people to dialog across generations, experiences, and communities to advance social, economic and environmental justice.
These formative experiences are the foundation for her work with the People Team at Sierra Club. Before joining the Sierra Club, Davis led Decolonize Design, a boutique consulting firm with clients spanning the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and Fortune 500 companies. She created the Belonging, Dignity, Justice, and Joy (BDJJ) framework as a powerful and sustainable alternative to the often superficial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) industrial complex. As a longtime community organizer-turned-founder of Decolonize Design, she believes that successful movement building is not rooted in transactional processes, but instead in deep relational efforts that speak to our universal sacred personhood and sustainability of our earth.
Davis lives in Tongva territory with her family. She acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the true stewards of the unceded territory of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). She pays respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.
Chief Financial Officer
Adrienne Frazier oversees Sierra Club’s accounting, financial planning and analysis, grants management, and chapter financial management functions while also partnering closely with the COO on managing organizational operations. She started at the Sierra Club in 2008 and has held various roles, most recently as Senior Director of Finance, working closely with the financial leadership team throughout her tenure. She has a strong interest in working within finance and operations to establish and promote policies, procedures, and allocation decision making that further the Sierra Club’s work on equity, justice, and inclusion. Adrienne also serves as the primary staff liaison to the finance and risk, audit, and investment advisory committees of the Board of Directors. Prior to the Sierra Club, Adrienne worked in auditing at KPMG with a focus on nonprofit clients. She is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from University of Vermont. Adrienne lives in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Outside of work, Adrienne can be found practicing yoga and exploring the coast and mountains of New England with her husband and two young kids.
Eva Hernandez has worked for the Sierra Club since 2009, leading organizational development and design and building teams to develop successful community, state and national campaigns to protect people and the planet. Before becoming Managing Director in 2021, Eva served as the National Program Director and on the Executive team, where she led the Sierra Club’s Clean Energy for All work, helped to further collaboration across various campaigns, all while emphasizing equity and justice to maximize the effectiveness of the organization and partnership across the movement.
Eva has always worked to create a more sustainable, local, and diverse environmental and social justice movement. Before joining Sierra Club, Eva worked for or served on the boards of several environmental and social change organizations, including MoveOn.org, Dogwood Alliance, Green Corps, Building Equity & Alignment Initiative, GoAustin/Vamos Austin (GAVA), Friends of the Earth, and Environment Texas. She believes in the power of people and communities, as she strives to put her core values of justice and integrity into practice every day. To recharge, Eva reconnects with nature in the Texas Hill Country or in swimming holes near Austin, TX, where she’s based.
Senior Director, Our Wild America Campaign
Chris Hill has a deep desire for social justice and a passion for the outdoors. She has been an avid adventurer since she was young, backpacking, climbing, snowboarding and fly fishing all over. As an environmental lobbyist for the past decade and currently the Senior Campaign Director for the Our Wild America Campaign at Sierra Club, Chris’ desire for a just, equitable and sustainable future, one in which all people benefit from clean air, clean water and equitable access to the outdoors is rooted in community-based organizing. Chris got her start as a grassroots organizer in Appalachia working to stop mountaintop removal coal mining and advance just transition. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris earned a B.A. in broadcast communications and electronic media from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Chris is currently a board member for Trout Unlimited, Alaska Wilderness League, One Green Thing, The Mennen Environmental Foundation and a member of the Leadership Team for Artemis Sportswomen. Chris is also a Sierra Club Outings leader, leading fly fishing trips in Alaska. She is a brand ambassador for Sage Fly fishing, Backcountry.com, Ruffwear and Eukanuba.
In 2019, Chris partnered with The Outbound Collective to tell her story on the water. The film, "Where I belong," won the 2021 Best Short Film for the Conservation Film Festival and has been accepted into 2020’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, the Mountain Film Festival, among others. Watch Chris' story here. She currently splits her time between Washington, DC and Haines, Alaska.
Ben has served in roles from organizer to investigative journalist to president of two of the nation’s most influential groups pursuing equity and justice and protecting democracy and the environment. Ben grew up spending school years in Pacific Grove, California, a community he describes as full of oceanographers and nature photographers. Throughout his childhood, he spent summers with his grandparents in West Baltimore surrounded by elders who were leading civil rights activists locally and nationally. From his childhood, he connected the fights for civil rights and the environment shaped by his parents’ activism. He is the son of a white New England outdoorsman and a black mother who had to leave Maryland when she married as interracial marriage was illegal in her native state. By 1988, Ben was splitting his free time between leading Youth for Jackson in his county and giving tours at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Read Ben's full bio.
Chief Legal Officer
Erica is a seasoned attorney and trusted advisor with twenty-four years of litigation, risk management, compliance, and regulatory experience. As Chief Legal Officer, Erica oversees legal work arising out of the Sierra Club’s corporate governance, strategy, operations, people, culture & equity, business development, political compliance, and enterprise risk management functions.
Erica also manages litigation outside of the Environmental Law Program. Erica provides strategic advice and counsel to the Executive Director and the Sierra Club Board of Directors. She works closely with senior leadership to advance the Sierra Club’s mission, values, and programmatic activities. Under Erica’s leadership, the Sierra Club will expand the breadth of legal services available to its community through the Office of General Counsel. Prior to joining Sierra Club, Erica served as Chief Legal Officer for the Big Ten Conference, as well as the University of Mississippi. She was also Chief of Litigation in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Erica’s union experience includes serving as Chief Operating Officer for the National Basketball Players Association. Erica started her career at two prominent international law firms, Arnold & Porter and Akin Gump. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi. Afterwards, she clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Chief Field Officer
From working in the wind energy industry, Deb came to Sierra Club as a volunteer at the Massachusetts Chapter. After helping to develop and present advocacy trainings on Clean Energy legislation to connect Massachusetts residents with state decision makers, Deb joined the Massachusetts Executive Committee and became Chapter Chair. Following the departure of the Chapter Director, Deb was hired as interim Chapter Director and then Chapter Director. During Deb’s five years as Chapter Director, the Chapter saw an increase in volunteer teams, local campaigns, volunteer leaders and staff, fundraising totals, and a doubling of the annual Chapter budget. As Chapter Director, Deb served as Co-Chair of the Chapter Director Representatives and in that role served on internal planning teams for Structural Assessment resolutions, Restorative Accountability resolutions, and Strategic Framework Implementation. As someone who believes deeply in the need to build Sierra Club’s power by strengthening our Chapters and local leadership, Deb came to the Field Transition Team to help set up the Department, and now serves as the Chief Field Officer, responsible for strengthening of our Chapters and campaign delivery outcomes in the Northeastern and Southern regions.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael comes to Sierra Club after 25 plus years as a Strategic Planning and Operations executive in the private sector. His experiences give him a diverse lens honed by overseeing business process redesign at West Marine, cultivating small, fast-growing businesses, and leading operations in multinational enterprises as they navigated dynamic regional markets. His versatility enables him to digest the big picture, develop innovative strategies, and implement relatable tactics that embrace and adapt to ever-changing conditions.
Michael spends his free time playing tennis and spending time outdoors or traveling with his family. Michael has immersed himself within his son’s Boy Scout troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster, hiking and car camping throughout the California wilderness.
Chief Strategy Officer
Twenty eight years after first knocking on doors for the Sierra Club in Missouri, Phil Radford returned to the Club as the Chief Strategy Officer. Phil has served as the CEO of Greenpeace US; the founder and CEO of Champion.us, Progressive Multiplier, and Power Shift; and the co-founder of the Democracy Initiative, Membership Drive, and the Grassroots Team. He has a background in grassroots organizing, corporate social responsibility, climate change, and clean energy. New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin referred to a Greenpeace campaign during Radford's tenure as "Activism at Its Best."
Chief Program Officer
Byron Ramos-Gudiel is the Acting National Programs Director. Before returning to the Sierra Club, Byron was the Executive Director of Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), one of the oldest and most historic Environmental Justice organizations in the country. Over the last 25 years he has been involved in organizing for racial, immigrant, educational and environmental justice. Recently, he has been part of the Steering Committee for the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA), the EJ Leadership Forum, and the California EJ Alliance (CEJA).
Ana Yáñez Correa
Deputy Executive Director
Dr. Ana Yáñez-Correa is an accomplished social justice advocate that brings over 25 years of experience effectively running organizations and leading teams to build diverse and long-lasting coalitions in the non-profit, governmental, and philanthropic sectors. As Deputy Executive Director, Ana is critical in growing our movement and improving organizational efficiency. Ana also steps in and carries out relevant responsibilities on behalf of the organization. She oversees Finance, Operations, and People, including managing, developing, and supporting staff, ensuring compliance with all relevant policies and procedures, and providing guidance and support to all internal and external stakeholders. By closely collaborating with the senior team, Ana helps the organization meet its strategic objectives and take advantage of emerging opportunities. Her broad skill set and leadership qualities make her an asset to the organization's mission.