- Board Volunteer Leadership & Activism Committee (current)
- Southeast Michigan Group Executive Committee (current)
- Executive Director Search Committee (2022)
- Chair, Council of Club Leaders (2018-2020)
- Board Bylaws, Standing Rules & Elections Committee (2018-2021)
- Chair, Michigan Chapter Executive Committee (2014-2018)
- Council of Club Leaders (2014-2021)
- Michigan Chapter Executive Committee (2004-2020)
- Media Coordinator, Michigan Chapter (2001-2004)
- Executive Director Progress Michigan (2009-2013)
- Michigan Director Clean Water Action (2003-2008)
- District Director, Congressman Dale Kildee (1986-1992)
Back in the day, an award-winning, legendary Sierra Club environmental justice organizer and I shared an office in Detroit and little else…at least at first. Eventually I wised up, got with the program and did some decent work putting a big media spotlight on a nasty neighborhood industrial plant that flooded Detroiters’ basements with toxins and made people sick.
I won’t say that’s where I Iearned everything I know about Sierra Club’s great superpower–empowering and mobilizing grassroots supporters. But I mastered enough in 20 years as a Sierra Club volunteer leader that I’m running for the Board of Directors with a goal of helping lead our commitment to strengthen grassroots people power.
We are making real headway in our climate work. More than 360 coal plants have been shuttered. New technologies are making clean energy more affordable. Major federal funding through last year’s Inflation Reduction Act is going to states for cleaner energy and climate justice, including $3 billion in environmental justice block grants.
But as glaciers melt, flood waters rise, fires rage, hurricanes get stronger, cities get hotter and species become more threatened, Sierra Club must do more in places where next-level progress is most likely: our states.
Being powerful together isn’t just a Sierra Club catch-phrase. It’s how we win. It’s why Sierra Club’s 2030 Strategic Framework prioritizes grassroots initiatives. It means engaging with diverse communities and organizations who may not traditionally be involved in climate activism but have a stake in addressing the issue. It requires Sierra Club to continue transforming to a more diverse, inclusive organization while strengthening chapters, outings and other local entities.
As a board task force recently concluded, Sierra Club must change its fundraising and finances to create more sustainable local chapters. We need to take care that we develop and implement national policies in collaboration with chapters and not solely rely on one-size-fits-all solutions in 50 states. As a volunteer leader at many levels, I’ve worked within Sierra Club to build bridges and move us forward together. It would be my privilege to continue doing that as a member of the Board of Directors. I am asking for your vote and support. Thank you.
Sierra Club President Ramón Cruz; Former President and Current Director Aaron Mair; Current Directors Cheyenne Branscum, Allison Chin, Tony Fuller, Ross Macfarlane; Former Director Susana Reyes; Council of Club Leaders Chair Joe Testa; National Political Program Team Member Mark Meadows; Michigan Chapter Executive Committee Member Anne Woiwode; Sierra Club staff Rhonda Anderson, Christy McGillivray, Tessine Murhji