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 was 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 provides legislative and administrative support, including coordinating lobby day. She is the lead regulatory advocate for Sierra Club California's toxics work, and lobbies in the Capitol on a range of issues, particularly toxics, water quality and solid waste reduction. She joined Sierra Club California's staff in 2007.
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, Annie 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.
Amanda Wallner - Organizer, Our Wild America California Coast Campaign
As an organizer for the Our Wild America Campaign, Amanda bridges the gap between Sierra Club's dedicated grassroots activists and state and federal agencies to promote the preservation of the California coast's natural resiliency in the face of climate change impacts. Amanda joined Sierra Club California in January 2011, as Legislative Aide and Green Transportation Organizer.
Amanda has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she headed the nationally recognized Campus Democrats organization. Her years in Santa Barbara strengthened her love of the California coast and instilled in her what some may call an unnatural affinity for voter registration.
Renee Covey - Bookkeeper/Administrator Aide
Renee Covey is the first person people meet when they come to the Sierra Club California offices. She keeps our books and helps with administration. She joined the Sierra Club California staff in 2010, shortly after graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in International Politics. She attended secondary schools in Sacramento. She was raised by a geologist and a life science teacher and spent most of her childhood enjoying the outdoors. Her parents instilled in Renee an abiding interest in and passion about environmental protection.