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.
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, 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.
Kyle Jones - Policy Advocate
Kyle Jones joined the Sierra Club staff in January of 2015 to advocate for water issues at the regulatory agencies and legislature. He received a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento in Philosophy, and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law, where he specialized in water and environmental law. He previously interned with Sierra Club California, providing assistance on a range of bills. He also worked at the California Energy Commission in the legal office. 
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 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 Gunderson – Operations Coordinator
Meg Gunderson 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 accounting, 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 ten 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.