Sierra Club California welcomes a new director to lead lobbying and regulatory advocacy in Sacramento. Kathryn Phillips will begin her new role with us on Monday, August 22.
“Kathryn brings a strong record of advocacy for protecting California’s environment,” said Executive Committee Chairman Andy Katz. “Kathryn’s experience and enthusiasm will help Sierra Club California continue to lead the fight for protecting our air quality, climate and natural resources.”
Kathryn, who has been based in Sacramento for the last ten years, has directed transportation and air pollution work in California for Environmental Defense Fund, and has worked on both state and federal transportation policy. She has also had experience in agriculture policy and water policy. Before joining EDF, she worked for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies led by V. John White, who was a long-time Sierra Club California contract lobbyist.
Kathryn’s relationship with Sierra Club began several decades ago when she completed the basic wilderness course offered by the San Diego Chapter. Subsequently, as a journalist, she counted on Sierra Club members and staff for information and guidance as she reported on environmental issues. When she left journalism about a dozen years ago to pursue a graduate degree focused on environmental policy, she immediately sent in a dues check to become a Sierra Club member.
“I’ve been fortunate to be able to work with many Sierra Club California members and staff throughout my career. They’ve been the environmental movement’s conscience and driving force, and their importance today is greater than ever, because so many organized forces are trying to roll back environmental gains” Kathryn said. “I’ve been proud to be a Sierra Club member, and am now extremely delighted to be able to work for Sierra Club California.”
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