- Board Director (2009-2015, 2016-2022)
- President (2013-2015)
- SC Vice President, VP for Conservation, VP for Campaigns and Programs (2010-2013)
- Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair (2018-2020)
- Investment Committee (2013-2015, Chair 2018-2020)
- Conservation Policy Committee Chair (2016-2018, 2021-2022)
- Wildlands and Wilderness Team (2022)
- Mission Strategy Advisory Committee (2008-2009, 2010-2013)
- Conservation Governance Committee (2005-2008)
- Sustainable Planet Strategy Team (2002-2004, Chair 2004-2005)
- Great Lakes Ecoregion Chair (1998-2002)
- Midwest Conservation Committee Chair (1999-2001)
- Ohio Chapter Chair (1999-2002)
We are now summoned to a long twilight struggle, a fight to stop climate catastrophe, biodiversity collapse, and threats to democracy. Sierra Club has a 131-year history of environmental victories. We need wins more than ever, and I can help get them.
I bring proven leadership. From 2009 until 2019, my colleagues elected me to the Board’s Executive Committee seven times. I know what makes campaigns succeed: I was VP for Campaigns and later President as our Beyond Coal Campaign ramped up. Since its launch, 70% of US coal plants have retired or been slated to retire, preventing millions of tons of CO2 and other pollutants.
I became a Sierra Club activist because Sierra Club fought to protect places like wilderness Alaska, the Mojave Desert, the Everglades and Great Lakes. As a lawyer, I knew the Club’s proud legacy of developing conservation law. As an Executive Committee member, I had final responsibility for Sierra Club’s litigation program for seven years. Even under Trump, we got crucial wins. We’ve upheld pollution laws, protected wolves and grizzlies, and exposed Trump EPA and Interior leaders’ corruption.
As Treasurer, I got more funds directed to state chapter work, Arctic Refuge protection, and our crucial effort to defeat Trump. As President, I visited our chapter leaders, testified at EPA hearings, represented Sierra Club at a UN Climate Conference, spoke at the Wilderness Act’s 50th anniversary celebration, and presented our first award honoring Environmental Justice heroes.
Our effective national, state and local advocacy must continue and grow. We must speed the transition off fossil fuels, elect environmental champions, and make officials' vows to protect 30% of lands and water by 2030 reality. We must demand corporate accountability and end the environmental racism that’s poisoned communities like Flint. Above all, we must protect the democracy that makes citizen activism possible. I know this organization as only someone who’s served as its President, Vice President and Treasurer can. With your vote, I’ll help us win.
Vice President and former Our Wild America Campaign leader Marion Klaus; Director and former Vice President Ross Macfarlane; John Muir Award honorees Don Parks, Dick Fiddler, Vicky Hoover; California-Nevada Desert Committee Chair Joan Taylor; Former San Francisco Bay Chapter Chair Becky Evans