2021 Guardians of Nature Benefit for the Loma Prieta Chapter


2021 Guardians of Nature Benefit for the Loma Prieta Chapter


Honoring Kathryn Phillips

Friday, October 15th

7 p.m. - 8 p.m., online

 We are excited to announce the 2021 Guardians of Nature Benefit for your Loma Prieta Chapter. This year we are honoring former Sierra Club California Director Kathryn Phillips for her four decades of environmental leadership 

As we anticipate times when we can again gather in person, we continue to prioritize the health of our community, therefore our 2021 event will be online exclusively. As always, we aim to inspire you and provide you with a sense of community spirit.

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2021 Guardians of Nature Honoree Kathryn Phillips

Honoree - Kathryn Phillips 

Kathryn Phillips is an environmental policy advocate who has devoted decades to protecting California's environment. As the Sierra Club California Director, and before then a policy director at the Environmental Defense Fund and policy advisor at the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, she has been engaged in nearly every significant environmental policy issue impacting California in the last 20 years. 

Kathryn graduated from U.C. Berkeley in History and then earned a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. For nearly twenty years she worked as a print journalist, mostly as a freelance writer, eventually evolving into a science writer. During this time she wrote two books on environmental topics—Tracking the Vanishing Frogs and Paradise by Design.

Kathryn left journalism to complete a master’s degree in public policy at UCLA, with an emphasis on natural resources policy and transportation policy. After graduation in 2001, she joined the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies in Sacramento as a policy advisor. There, she worked on energy, fuels, and transportation regulatory issues as California entered a period of extraordinary leadership in climate policy. 

In 2004, she joined the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to work on reducing diesel-generated air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley and federal farm and transportation bills. 

After seven years with EDF, Kathryn left the organization to lead Sierra Club California (SCC). During her years as the SCC director, she helped pass and influence the implementation of key California policies designed to cut climate pollution. She helped develop and pass the first "Buy Clean" bill in the nation and has advised others working on adopting similar policies across the country. She also helped block attempts by industry interests to destroy existing California laws to protect environmental review, timber harvest planning, and endangered species, and has helped keep the pressure on to prevent the wasteful Delta tunnel project from becoming a reality.

Kathryn retired from SCC after nearly a decade there in April 2021.

In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys baking, gardening, fly fishing, hiking, biking, reading, and learning to play the guitar. She makes her home in Sacramento with her spouse, Julie Wilson, and their Vizsla dog, Zsula.


Attorney General Rob BontaGuest Speaker - Attorney General Rob Bonta

On April 23, 2021, Rob Bonta was sworn in as the 34th Attorney General of the State of California, the first person of Filipino descent and the second Asian-American to occupy the position.

 Attorney General Bonta's passion for justice and fairness was instilled in him by his parents, who served on the frontlines of some of America's most important social justice movements. Instilling in him the lessons they learned from the United Farm Workers and the civil rights movement, Attorney General Bonta's parents lit a fire inside him to fight against injustice — to stand up for those who are taken advantage of or harmed. It's why he decided to become a lawyer — to help right historic wrongs and fight for people who have been harmed. He worked his way through college and graduated with honors from Yale University and attended Yale Law School.

In the State Assembly, Attorney General Bonta enacted nation-leading reforms to inject more justice and fairness into government and institutions. As the People's Attorney, he sees seeking accountability from those who abuse their power and harm others as one of the most important functions of the job. In elected office, he has taken on powerful interests and advanced systemic change — pursuing corporate accountability, standing up for workers, punishing big polluters, and fighting racial injustice. He has been a national leader in the fight to transform the criminal justice system, banning private prisons and detention facilities in California, as well as pushing to eliminate cash bail in the state. He has led statewide fights for racial, economic, and environmental justice and worked to further the rights of immigrant families, renters, and working Californians.

Prior to serving in the Assembly, Attorney General Bonta worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling.

Born in Quezon City, Philippines, Attorney General Bonta immigrated to California with his family as an infant. He is the son of a proud native Filipino mother and a father who taught him the value of public service to his community. He is married to Mia Bonta, and they are the proud parents of three children Reina, Iliana, and Andres, as well as their dog Legolas.


Honorary Hosts

City of Mountain View Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga, City of Burlingame Councilmember Emily Beach, City of Santa Clara Councilmember Anthony J. Becker, California Assemblymember Marc Berman, Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Town of Atherton Councilmember Rick DeGolia, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, City of San Jose Councilmember Pam Foley, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Vice- Chair Shay Franco-Clausen, San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom, City of Foster City Councilmember Sam Hindi, City of Santa Clara Councilmember Sudhanshu Jain, City of San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez, City of Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei, Midpeninsula Open Space District Director Zoe Kersteen-Tucker, City of Palo Alto Councilmember Lydia Kou, City of Mountain Councilmember Sally Lieber, Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, City of Mountain View Councilmember Lisa Matichak, California Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, 2019 Guardians of Nature Benefit Honoree Enid Pearson, City of San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, 2019 Guardians of Nature Benefit Honoree Emily Renzel, 2016 Guardians of Nature Benefit Honoree Lennie Roberts, Santa Clara County Supervisor and 2018 Guardians of Nature Honoree Joe Simitian, City of Morgan Hill Councilmember Rene Spring, City of Palo Alto Councilmember Greer Stone.



John Muir Heir 



Sierra Nevada Sentinel  

Mary Buxton and Ron Hess
Yosemite Hero
County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Mary Hughes
Mark Reedy
Suzanne and Rob Rubenstein
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Sequoia Champion
Irene and Alan Adler
Marilyn Brewer
Sue Chow
David and Nancy Crabbe
Gladwyn d'Souza
Sidney and Linda Liebes
Larry L. Lundberg
Landa Robillard and Kelly Maas
Richard Simpson and Ann Reisenauer
Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Baylands Steward
Nabeel Al-shamma
Shawn Britton
Cindy Chavez
Rick and Karen DeGolia
Susan Ellenberg
Pam Foley
Jerry Hearn
Sudhanshu "Suds" Jain
Sergio Jimenez
Arthur Keller
Ginny Laibl
Lucinda Lenicheck
Laura Parmer-Lohan
Karen Maki
Kevin Mullin
Enid Pearson and Emily Renzel
Raul Peralez
Bruce Rienzo
Charles and Jamie Schafer
Rene Spring
Cheryl and Donald Weiden
Nina Weil
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority


Past Guardians of Nature Benefits 

Past Guardians of Nature Benefits

Event Committee

Mary Buxton, James Eggers, Barbara Kelsey, Justyna Guterman

Contact us

Questions about the event and to volunteer: Justyna Guterman (Justyna.Guterman@sierraclub.org or 650-390-8494)

All proceeds benefit the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter. Tickets purchases and gifts to the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter are not tax-deductible; they support our effective, citizen-based advocacy and lobbying efforts.