Meet the Staff

Kathryn Phillips - Director

Kathryn Phillips leads lobbying and regulatory advocacy and overall administration of Sierra Club California. She began this role in August 2011.
 
She previously directed transportation and air pollution work in California for Environmental Defense Fund, where she worked on regional, state and federal policy, and also gained experience in agriculture policy and water policy. Before joining EDF, she wa​s a senior policy advisor at the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, where she focused on air quality and transportation issues. Kathryn has been based in Sacramento since 2001.
 
Kathryn holds a B.A in history from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Master of Public Policy degree, with a dual focus on natural resources and transportation, from the University of California, Los Angeles. A former journalist, she is the author of two books about environmental issues.
 
Annie Pham - Policy Advocate
Annie Pham does regulatory advocacy and lobbies in the Capitol on state parks, toxics, and water quality. She joined Sierra Club California's staff in 2007 as a legislative aide.
 
Annie graduated from California State University-Long Beach with a BA in Political Science, and has a Masters Degree in Counseling from California State University-Sacramento. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family in the outdoors and can be found hiking the trails of Northern California and enjoying snowy locations in winter months.
 
Edward Moreno - Policy Advocate
Edward "Eddie" Moreno joined the Sierra Club California staff in March 2013. He advocates at the legislature and regulatory agencies on energy, energy efficiency, water supply, and wildlife issues. He received a biology degree from Dartmouth in 2010. His work before the Club included a year of fieldwork in the San Francisco Bay for the U.S. Geological Survey.
 
Michael Thornton - Organizer, Our Wild America California Coast Campaign
Mike Thornton joined Sierra Club California staff in October 2013 as an organizer for the California Coast Campaign. In that role, he focuses on on-the-ground organizing to educate about and push for protecting California's coastal communities from the effects of oil and gas exploration. Working in collaboration with Sierra Club's local members, and allies, they push for protecting California's coastal communities from the effects of oil and gas exploration, creating a National Marine Sanctuary along California's Central Coast, and a variety of other issues of regional significance.  Mike's multifaceted background includes directing a regional AmeriCorps program, working as a radio newsroom director and reporter, managing governmental and nonprofit substance abuse treatment programs, and a variety of social justice and equity activities.
 
Meg Johnson - Operations Coordinator
Meg Johnson keeps the trains running on time at Sierra Club California. She is responsible for a range of office management duties, maintains our website and social media, assists with fundraising, and is the first point of contact for volunteers and interns. Meg has decades of experience in administrative support with nonprofits and government agencies, and developed her commitment to public service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya.
 
Geraldine Villanueva - Administrative Assistant
Geraldine Villanueva joined Sierra Club California staff in June 2014. She performs administrative work including bookkeeping, accounts payable and receivable, and maintaining files and databases including mailing lists, activist lists, members, volunteers and contributors.
 
Geraldine holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. Prior to this job, she was a hospital manager in the Philippines for 10 years who served as member of the Board of Regents for the Philippine College of Hospital Administrators, and a Business Development Officer of a Semiconductor Trading Firm in Singapore catering to big companies in Asia. She is also currently a tax professional and bookkeeper.  In her leisure hours, she enjoys spending time with her family playing outdoor sports or going on road trips.