An independent, volunteer Board of Directors, supported by a professional staff, governs the Sierra Club Foundation. The Board primarily focuses on enhancing the overall performance of the Foundation and supporting the charitable and educational work of the Sierra Club and other grantees.
We are grateful to collaborate with such an experienced team of leaders whose innovation, philanthropy, and advocacy guide and advance our strategic objectives.
Robin Mann, Chair - Robin is a long-time environmentalist and Sierra Club leader. She has served on the Sierra Club Board of Directors 2006-2019, including terms as President and Vice President. She resides in Pennsylvania and is active locally in a variety of grassroots organizing efforts. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and organic gardening.
Joel Sanders, Vice Chair - Joel is a retired partner of the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and a Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He lives in California, where he enjoys hiking, other outdoor activities, and traveling.
Jessica Sarowitz, Treasurer - Jessica is the managing partner of Sarowitz Family LLC and the managing family director at the Julian Grace Foundation. Passionate about building authentic partnerships with communities in need, Jessica's projects at Julian Grace include expanding clinic access in Central America, foster child education programs, and support for Indigenous culture continuity. Jessica lives on the North Shore of Chicago and is an avid tennis player and advocate for healthy living.
Rebekah Saul Butler, Secretary - Rebekah is managing partner at Gratitude Railroad, an investor community-driven impact firm, where she serves as co-CEO. Prior to Gratitude, Rebekah was co-executive director and chief investment officer of The Grove Foundation and managing director of Grove Action Fund. Prior to working with the Grove organizations, Rebekah was a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting and started her career at The Guttmacher Institute in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA with distinction in sociology and Spanish from Stanford University, an MBA and MPH from UC Berkeley, and the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Eva Schulte, Executive Committee Member-At-Large - Eva has dedicated her life’s work to bringing capital to underserved communities and advancing the social sector. She began her work supporting migrant workers, led public policy gains in California for affordable housing, built and grew nonprofits and civic engagement campaigns in the heartland, and launched impact investing funds for Indigenous communities across the country. Eva now works to protect and preserve the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea for people and nature as executive director for Friends of the San Juans.
Allison Chin, Sierra Club President - Allison is president of the Sierra Club, a role she has held three times prior between 2007 and 2013. She previously served on the Sierra Club Foundation Board; her most recent term ended in 2020 after serving as Board Chair. She is a retired biologist who led multidisciplinary domestic and international project teams focused on discovery and development of novel therapeutics. Since retiring in 2008, Allison has been immersed in non-profit governance, organizational and leadership development. She is a founding member of the Green Leadership Trust, a network of people of color and Indigenous people who serve on environmental boards.
Peter Liu - Peter is the co-founder and managing partner of Meridian Clean Energy, which acquires and develops assets critical to the reliability of a decarbonized power grid. Previously, Peter co-founded Clean Energy Advantage Partners with New Energy Capital and New Energy Nexus, which worked with RE100 leaders such as Apple, Google, and Chanel to invest in renewable energy projects in the US and Asia. Peter was also the founder of New Resource Bank, the first green commercial bank in the US. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.
Christian Okoye - Christian is a principal at Generate Capital responsible for investments in emerging sustainable infrastructure opportunities. Prior to Generate, Christian was a partner at Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners. Before Sidewalk, he was a director of Venture Investments at Emerson Collective where he managed venture capital and growth equity investments across energy and environmental solutions, including waste to energy, distributed energy resource management, and energy efficiency technologies. Christian holds an MBA and MS in Energy and Environmental Resources from Stanford University, and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago. He resides in California.
Sanjay Ranchod - Sanjay is general counsel at OhmConnect, a company that pays people for reducing their energy usage when the power grid is stressed. He has more than a decade of experience in leadership roles at mission-driven companies, including SolarCity and Tesla. Sanjay serves as a commissioner of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, a state agency, and previously served on the board of the Sierra Club. He is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law School. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Paul Rissman - Paul is co-founder of Rights CoLab, a nonprofit that advances environmental and human rights through social enterprise, technology, and finance. He was formerly Executive Vice President of AllianceBernstein, and before that an archaeologist conducting field research in India and Oman. He resides in Massachusetts and enjoys walking in the woods whenever he can.
Steph Speirs - Steph is the Co-Founder and CEO at Solstice, which works to put community solar and clean energy in the hands of historically excluded households in America. She previously deployed solar microgrids, lanterns, and home systems in India and Pakistan. Prior to renewables, she managed field operations on the Obama campaign and developed policy at the White House National Security Council. She was selected as EY New England’s Entrepreneur of the Year, C3E’s Entrepreneur Award, Inc Magazine’s Female Founder 100, and Elle’s US Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. She holds degrees from Yale, Princeton, and MIT.
Mark Walters - Mark Walters is a Research Associate at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he conducts translational research on brain cancer. He is a long-time Sierra Club volunteer and past chair of the Florida Chapter. He is a founding trustee of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, established by the City of Miami to protect the historic landmark. Located on a barrier island in Biscayne Bay, the park is a living record of the rich legacy of Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities’ connection with southern Florida since the 1920s. Mark currently resides in Florida.