New Directors Join Sierra Club Foundation
This past year, we welcomed four new board members: Christian Okoye, Peter Liu, Sanjay Ranchod and Jodi Archambault! All four directors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in clean energy, impact investing, philanthropy, public policy, and more. We look forward to their leadership in helping guide the Sierra Club Foundation’s work as the public charity fiscal sponsor of the Sierra Club’s charitable programs and grantor to partner organizations, expanding our networks and relationships as influencers to mobilize resources and action on climate change, and in stewarding the Foundation’s assets to lead the shift of trillions in capital toward environmental solutions, justice, and land/water/wildlife protection.
About 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.
About 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.
About 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.
About Jodi Archambault (Hunkpapa and Oglala Lakota):
Jodi is the director of Indigenous Peoples Initiatives at Wend Collective, a social impact fund working across sectors to create positive change. Prior to Wend, she was a policy advisor at Sonosky, Chambers & Sachse, a national Native American rights law firm. She previously served in the Obama administration, including as special assistant to the president for Native American Affairs on the White House Domestic Policy Council. Jodi holds degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.