The Sierra Club Foundation is supported by a talented staff with an impressive breadth of professional backgrounds and advanced degrees. Their outstanding programmatic, financial, and administrative management expertise are the pillars of the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.
We appreciate their exceptional commitment to upholding the Foundation’s mission to educate, inspire, and empower humanity to preserve the natural world and human environment.
Dan Chu, Executive Director - Dan joined the Sierra Club Foundation as Executive Director in November 2016. Previously, he served as the National Director of the Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign, which protects land, waters, and wildlife; keeps dirty fuels in the ground; and connects people with nature outdoors. Dan started his environmental career in the 1980s as a door to door canvasser in Colorado. He and his wife then volunteered with the Peace Corps, assisting farmers in Panama. Upon returning to the U.S., Dan became the Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation and then the national Vice President for regional programs at the National Wildlife Federation. Dan holds a Master’s of Science from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s of Science from Michigan State University.
Pedro Henriques da Silva, Director, Shifting Trillions - Pedro joined the Foundation in May 2023. He provides strategic direction for the Foundation’s leadership role in shifting trillions of dollars from the current fossil fuel based extractive economy to a renewable energy based regenerative economy that addresses the climate crisis and restores ecosystems while advancing social justice and equity. He believes ideas shape our world, and to build a better one, we need better ideas. Prior to joining the Foundation, Pedro was an Investment Associate at Global Endowment Management (GEM), where he led work on impact measurement and underwriting for the firm's investments, developed net zero and climate justice thought leadership, and spearheaded design of GEM's racial and social equity investment frameworks. Pedro holds a B.A. in Economics from Reed College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and completed the General Course at the London School of Economics. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Crane Institute for Sustainability.
Henry Holmes, Senior Director, Programs and Compliance - Henry joined the Foundation in November 2010 and directs the Foundation’s domestic and international grantmaking, project fiscal sponsorship, and legal compliance oversight. He provides senior leadership to the Foundation's impact investment program and manages the Foundation's marketing and communications as well. Henry works closely with the Grants Committee and Risk Management Committee of the Foundation's Board of Directors and with outside counsel. He has a wealth of legal, philanthropic and nonprofit experience, most recently serving as Senior Program Analyst at Tides Foundation and previously as Program Officer at Columbia Foundation. Prior to working in philanthropy, he held program leadership positions with Earth Island Institute, Urban Habitat, and California Public Interest Research Group. Henry holds a Juris Doctor and after graduating from law school, began his career in the private sector in commercial banking law and regulatory compliance. A Bay Area resident for over twenty years, he practices Tai Chi Chuan and enjoys travel, photography, hiking, and music.
Ting Lee, Assistant Director, Programs and Compliance - Ting joined the Foundation in July 2013 and administers policies and procedures related to fiscal sponsorship, philanthropic programs, and compliance operations. She also plays a role in the Foundation's marketing and communications efforts. She represents the Foundation on the EarthShare Board of Directors. Ting holds a Masters of Public Administration and has previously worked for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. In addition to being passionate about the environment, she is an avid animal lover.
Kassandra Lopez, Administrative Coordinator - Kassandra joined the Foundation in Fall 2021 as the Administrative Coordinator. Her background includes work as an administrative assistant as well as reception work. Kassandra is a local; born and raised in the Bay Area. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, and being outdoors. Kassandra wants to learn how to help mother cats and would also love to foster many more cats and kittens.
Kevin McGahan, Chief Financial Officer - Kevin joined the Foundation in July 2019 and is responsible for the Foundation's fiscal operations. Most recently, Kevin spent six years as the Senior Director of Finance of the Energy Foundation in San Francisco and was responsible for the oversight of all financial activities throughout the US as well as the Beijing, China office. He has been working in nonprofit finance since his move to the Bay Area in 1991 and has experience working for both large foundations and community-based nonprofit organizations. Kevin holds a Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois and began his career in corporate trust banking prior to shifting to the nonprofit sector. He is a basketball fanatic and enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, and music of all genres. Kevin and his wife have a daughter and a son and live in the East Bay in the foothills of Mt. Diablo.
Christina Monroe, Finance Coordinator - Christina joined the Foundation in April 2015 as Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the Foundation, she obtained an undergraduate degree in literature and served in an administrative capacity for public and private sector organizations. In addition to being a travel, nature, and animal lover, she also enjoys hiking, photography, writing, classic cinema, music of the 1960s (particularly the Beatles and the Doors), and spending as much time as possible with her young niece.
Agana Moreno, Director of Finance - Agana joined the Foundation as Senior Accountant in May 2016. She is responsible for key accounting and reporting functions, working with the Chief Financial Officer and the Bookkeeper. Agana has a BA in Accounting and has previously worked at the East Bay Community Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. She has two daughters and a son and lives in the East Bay.
Jennie Palmer, Director of Administration and Board Relations - Jennie joined the Foundation as Manager of Administration and Board Relations in May 2014. She serves as the board liaison, executive coordinator, and office manager. She joined the Foundation after spending two years working in the Advancement Department of the Sierra Club, where she organized Summit Circle outings and managed a database of major donors. Jennie loves to hike, camp, picnic, and paint.
Naomi Reed, Accounts Payable Specialist - Naomi serves as the Foundation Accounts Payable Specialist and has a long tenure with the Foundation, first joining the staff in 2002. She helps manage the Foundation’s financial accounts, including bank deposits, account analysis and audit preparation work. She has two sons and resides in the Bay Area.