Pat Gallagher, Director

Pat Gallagher directs the Environmental Law Program, and is responsible for overseeing the organization's nationwide litigation campaigns. Pat originally came to the Club in 1999 after ten years in private practice, and helped build the Beyond Coal and Beyond Oil campaigns.

Gloria Smith, Managing Attorney

Gloria Smith is a managing attorney currently advocating for renewable energy and coal plant retirement before public utility commissions and courts nationwide. Gloria received her BA in environmental science at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her JD and certificate in environmental law at Lewis and Clark College of Law in Portland, Oregon.

Joanne Spalding, Managing Attorney

Joanne Spalding is a senior managing attorney at the Sierra Club. She manages the Sierra Club’s climate litigation and regulatory work, as well as its legal efforts related to natural gas. She has also litigated numerous challenges to coal-fired power plants as a part of the Beyond Coal Campaign. She previously worked at Adams, Broadwell representing labor unions in environmental cases.

Joshua Stebbins, Managing Attorney

Joshua Stebbins is the managing attorney in the Washington DC Office. He has practiced environmental law at Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal and previously at Wilmer Hale. He graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif from New York University School of law, and clerked for the Hon. Joseph. A. DiClerico of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Sanjay Narayan, Managing Attorney

Sanjay Narayan joined the Sierra Club as a staff attorney in 2002. Before coming to the Sierra Club, Sanjay worked for the Northern Rockies office of Earthjustice in Bozeman, Montana, and for Farella Braun Martel LLP in San Francisco. Sanjay received an A.B. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University in 1991, along with a certificate in Soviet Studies.

Andrea Issod, Senior Attorney

Andrea Issod spent two years at the Sierra Club as an environmental law fellow and returned to the Club in June 2008 as a staff attorney. Following graduation from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2003, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Ecology Law Quarterly, Andrea clerked for the Honorable Gary L. Taylor, United States District Judge for the Central District of California.

Matt Vespa, Senior Attorney

Matt is a senior attorney at the Sierra Club focusing on decarbonization of the energy system in California. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Matt spent four years at the Center for Biological Diversity where he primarily worked on climate-related law and policy in California.

Alejandra Nunez, Staff Attorney

Ale is a staff attorney at the Sierra Club, where she advocates for the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions by the electric power industry. Ale was formerly an associate counsel at the World Bank, where she advised client countries on public-private partnerships in the electric and other large infrastructure sectors.

Bridget Lee, Staff Attorney

Bridget is a staff attorney who advocates for the expansion of clean energy and the retirement of coal-burning power plants. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, she worked in Earthjustice’s Northeast office where her litigation efforts focused on climate change and environmental health.

Casey Roberts, Staff Attorney

Casey advocates for renewable energy and energy efficiency throughout the central region of the country, and works on U.S. EPA rulemakings including the effluent limitation guidelines for coal plants and the Clean Power Plan. During her first few years at Sierra Club, she handled litigation involving coal-fired power plant in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Minnesota.

Devorah Ancel, Staff Attorney

In 1998, Devorah began her environmental career as the Club's assistant to the Board of Directors and then moved on to be a grant writer in the Club's conservation department. Now, Devorah manages the Club's legal response to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico and works on other legal actions that seek to halt our nation's dependence on oil and other dirty fuels.

Elly Benson, Staff Attorney

Originally from Chicago, Elly moved to Northern California in 1999 to attend Stanford University. After earning a B.A. in Human Biology with a focus on environmental policy, she moved to San Francisco and worked as a Program Assistant at the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program. Inspired by the work there, she decided to attend law school. After earning a J.D.

Jessica Yarnall Loarie, Staff Attorney

Jessica focuses her work on mining, coal exports, and supporting rail infrastructure. She received her J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where she was an editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly and the California Law Review. Jessica earned her B.A. from Carleton College where she focused on international relations and environmental studies.

Josh Berman, Staff Attorney

Before wending his way to the Club, Josh spent two years at the Natural Resources Defense Council working on coal-related and other litigation and clerked for the Honorable M. Blane Michael on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Charleston, West Virginia. He completed a joint J.D./Master of Environmental Science degree at Yale, where he also did his undergraduate work.

Joshua Smith, Staff Attorney

Joshua D. Smith is a staff attorney currently advocating for clean energy and the retirement of coal-fired power plants. Prior to joining the Sierra club, Josh spent two and a half years working in Earthjustice's Florida office litigating issues related to water quality, public land use, clean energy, phosphate mining, and endangered species. Josh also served as a judicial law clerk to U.S.

Laurie Williams, Staff Attorney

Laurie is a staff attorney focused on replacing coal with clean energy in several Central U.S. states. Born and raised in Hawaii, Laurie moved to the Mainland to earn her B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with a focus on environmental policy, along with a certificate in Environmental Sciences.

Nathan Matthews, Staff Attorney

Nathan Matthews joined the Sierra Club in May 2011 as an associate attorney. His previous work includes clerking for the Hon. Lawrence K. Karlton in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, serving as an organizer for the Rainforest Action Network, teaching in a rural high school, and commercially harvesting seaweed with a family-owned business. Nathan received a J.D.

Peter Morgan, Staff Attorney

Peter Morgan joined the Sierra Club in September 2008 as an Environmental Law Fellow. Peter's work with the Club focuses on combatting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Peter received his JD from Stanford Law School, his MS from Stanford's Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, and his BA from Middlebury College.

Tony Mendoza, Staff Attorney

Tony Mendoza is staff attorney who advocates for clean energy in the central United States.  Tony received his BA and JD from Yale University.  Before joining Sierra Club, Tony worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C.  Tony grew up in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  He enjoys fly fishing for wild trout and salmon, bird watching, and playing soccer.

Travis Ritchie, Staff Attorney

Travis focuses his work on utility and regulatory law. Travis grew up skiing and hiking near his hometown of Truckee, California and has loved the outdoors ever since. Travis studied environmental biology and history at UC San Diego. He later worked as a ski instructor in Lake Tahoe and then as a staff assistant for a U.S. Senator before returning to school to earn his J.D.

Zack Fabish, Staff Attorney

In October 2010, Zack Fabish joined the Sierra Club as a project attorney, focusing his efforts on coal retirement in the northeast. Before joining the Club, Zack did civil litigation work for a bay area law firm. Zack earned his BA from Whitman College, and his JD from Stanford Law School.

Andres Restrepo, Staff Attorney

Andres joined the Sierra Club in 2013 as an associate attorney. He focuses his work primarily on advocating for strong national rules and regulations to combat air pollution and climate change. Andres received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as a senior article editor for the Harvard Law and Policy Review.

Diana Csank, Associate Attorney

Diana joined the Washington DC Office in 2013 to promote clean energy and equitable environmental safeguards, focusing on Eastern states. Before this, she served as an attorney for the Council on Environmental Quality. Diana holds degrees from Stanford and Tulane University Law School. Mostly she spends her spare time outdoors with friends and gratitude.

Greg Wannier, Associate Attorney

Greg is an associate attorney at the Sierra Club.  Before coming to the Club, he clerked for the Honorable S. James Otero on the Central District of California, and served as Deputy Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University.  Greg earned a joint bachelors degree in Evolutionary Biology and International Relations from UCLA, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Alison Seel, Associate Attorney

Alison is an associate attorney focused on accelerating the transition to a clean energy future in the western United States.  A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Alison holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s of science from U.C. Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group.  

Katie Schaefer, Associate Attorney

Originally from the redwoods of far-northern California, Katie Schaefer received her B.S. from Georgetown University, researched traditional ecological knowledge as a Fulbright fellow in Mexico, and finally returned to her home state to work as a legal assistant at the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program. Inspired by the work there, she decided to attend law school. After earning a J.D.

Nick Jimenez, Associate Attorney

Nick Jimenez is an associate attorney in the San Francisco office. He is from New Hampshire. Nick went to college at Yale University, where he majored in political science and drove a box truck around New Haven for the recycling program. After college, Nick moved down to Philadelphia, where he worked for a small environmental law firm as a law clerk and got into bike trials.

David Abell, Senior Paralegal

David received his Paralegal Certificate from Merritt College in 2007. David also studied photography, film and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute and graduated in 1999 with a BFA. Before joining the Sierra Club, David was a paralegal at a class action plaintiffs' firm in Oakland that litigates employment issues.

Violet Lehrer, Paralegal

Violet joined the Environmental Law Program in May of 2008. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2007 with a degree in Environmental Studies and focus in National Environmental Policy and Law. In college Violet also studied Spanish, picking up some Chilean slang and unfortunately a chocopanda(mullet) during her time in Santiago.

Isabelle Riu, Research Analyst

Isabelle is the research analyst in the Washington, DC office. She graduated from the George Washington University as a double major in International Affairs and Environmental Studies. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as the President of GW’s largest environmental student organization, Green GW, which fostered her love for environmental activism and organizing.

Stephanie Hsiung, Research Analyst

Stephanie originally studied Art History and English Literature at Williams College, with aspirations of becoming an architectural historian. But after a formative internship with The Canary Project, an organization that uses art to raise awareness of environmental issues, she left that behind in pursuit of a career protecting the environment.

Kadie McShirley, Legal Assistant

Kadie is a graduate from the University of Michigan with an Environmental Science degree and specialization in Environmental Law & Policy. As a participant in the Graham Institute for Environmental Sustainability Undergraduate Scholars Program, Kadie spent a summer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming studying fossil fuel dependence and alternative energy solutions.