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. Pat attended both college and law school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and in between worked as a professional car mechanic in Chico, California. He enjoys all kinds of outdoor sports and hanging out with his family.

Aaron Isherwood, Philip S. Berry Managing Attorney

Aaron Isherwood is the Philip S. Berry Managing Attorney for the Environmental Law Program. The position was created in honor of the late Phil Berry and his long, remarkable support for the Club's legal program. Aaron's responsibilities include helping chapters and other Club entities obtain approval for proposed litigation, as well as managing the Club's legal strategies to fight destructive coal mining and coal exports. He graduated from the University of Chicago and the University of Oregon School of Law. After graduating from college, Aaron spent a summer on the "slime line" in an Alaskan cannery, and eventually landed at Greenpeace in Chicago, where he worked for over 3 years. Aaron decided to go to law school when he learned from a prominent forest activist that court injunctions have saved more ancient forests than tree spikes. Before joining the Sierra Club as an associate attorney in 1999, Aaron clerked for the honorable Robert Durham of the Oregon Supreme Court, and also worked for the San Francisco-based law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger.

Eric Huber, Managing Attorney

Eric Huber is a managing attorney based in the Boulder, Colorado regional office. He has practiced environmental law for 23 years, with an emphasis on litigation under the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the laws protecting the National Forests. Before joining the Sierra Club, he was a staff attorney with Earthjustice, the Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest, and in private practice. Eric earned his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Colorado School of Law, and his B.A. in 1982 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he majored in Philosophy and Environmental Conservation.

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. Before joining the Sierra Club, Gloria worked for four years in the Department of Interior's solicitor's office in Washington, D.C. where she represented the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service before FERC. In 2001, she found herself a very reluctant participant in Dick Cheney's energy task force, and knew it was time to return to the West and make amends. Gloria spent several years prior to joining the Club honing her trial skills at a plaintiffs' litigation firm in Burlingame, CA. Recently, Gloria switched from backpacking to whitewater boating on grounds that the latter offers more expansive food and drink options without compromising wilderness and wildlife opportunities.

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. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law. She clerked for the Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Johns Hopkins University. In his spare time Josh enjoys hiking, garlic, and mostly being a dad.

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. The Soviet Union disintegrated shortly thereafter. Sanjay swears that it wasn't his fault. He received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995, and clerked for the honorable Robert Eastaugh on the Alaska Supreme Court.

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. She also spent a year and a half litigating large tort cases involving groundwater contamination at a small plaintiff's firm. Andrea obtained her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, but found herself significantly more interested in her environmental law and policy electives. During the summer after her junior year, she gave campfire talks and manned the visitor center at the Kaibab National Forest on North Rim of the Grand Canyon and confirmed her desire to pursue a career in environmental protection. Now that there is one in the White House, Andrea is prouder than ever to say she was also a community organizer in Camden, NJ with the goal of empowering communities to improve urban water quality.

Kristin Henry, Senior Attorney

Kristin Henry is a senior attorney currently advocating for coal-fired power plant retirements and increased renewable energy and energy efficiency in the central part of the United States. Kristin has led successful actions to block regulations promulgated under the Bush Administration’s healthy forest initiative, to prevent the construction of new coal-fired power plants, such as the Taylorville Energy Center, and to retire aging coal-fired power plants that harm public health and the environment, such as the Big Sandy power plant in Kentucky. Her current docket focuses on bringing lawsuits that force utilities to internalize the true societal costs of burning coal. Kristin graduated from Boston University and received her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. Kristin lives in San Francisco with her husband and two boys and enjoys being known as one of the few environmentalists who would never be caught wearing Birkenstocks.

Matt Vespa, Senior Attorney

Matt is a senior attorney at the Sierra Club focusing on clean energy in the western United States. 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. Matt has also practiced environmental and land-use law on behalf of public agencies and citizen groups and served as a law clerk at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. Matt holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was elected Order of the Coif, a master's in conservation biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Matt was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay where he worked with local farmers on sustainable forestry practices, learned to speak Guarani, and developed an addiction to yerba mate that persists to this day. In his spare time, Matt enjoys yoga, cycling, and finding excuses to dress up like the various members of the Village People.

Brianna Fairbanks, Staff Attorney

Brianna works on the Club's campaign to stop U.S. coal companies from exporting massive amounts of coal overseas, and focuses her efforts on developments along the Gulf and East coasts. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2007, Brianna completed an Honors Attorney Fellowship with Region 3 of the Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia, focusing on the enforcement of hazardous waste laws. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Brianna was a fellow with the firm of Shute, Mihaly, and Weinberger, LLC. Brianna graduated from Oberlin College in 2004 with a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies, but rarely gets to show off her Russian language skills. Brianna loves hiking and camping, and is an avid knitter and crafter.

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. Before she joined Sierra Club in 2011, Casey was a fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, representing endangered fish in California rivers, and at Altshuler Berzon LLP, working on labor union, low-wage employment, and civil rights litigation.
Casey received her JD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly and worked with Communities for a Better Environment and Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger. Following law school, she clerked for Judge James Parker in the District of New Mexico, and Judge Diana Murphy on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Casey received her BA from Rice University in biology and public policy and then worked as an environmental policy consultant in Cambridge, MA. Outside of work, she enjoys cycling, cooking, and everything to do with mountains.

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. Devorah earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, her J.D. from Vermont Law School, and her masters of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to law school, Devorah spent many days on the San Francisco Bay as manager of Save The Bay's canoe-based watershed education programs. During her free time, Devorah can still be found somewhere on the water, paddling with orcas in British Columbia or just cruising around the Bay.

Doug Hayes, Staff Attorney

Doug earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his J.D. from Vermont Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Jane Tidball of the Colorado District Court. During law school, he worked at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and spent a summer in rural El Salvador helping to challenge a proposed gold mine in the country's most important watershed. Aside from his work at the Club, Doug's all-time favorite job was a four-year stint as a ferry boat captain on Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. Doug now works in the Boulder regional office, where he focuses on litigation involving dirty fuels and resilient habitats.

Elena Saxonhouse, Staff Attorney

Elena joined the Sierra Club in 2008 as a law fellow. She arrived at the Club after two years with the law firm Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger, where she counseled community groups and public agencies on land use and environmental matters. Elena previously worked as an associate attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Earthjustice, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She graduated from Stanford Law School and Yale University. Beyond using the law to save the planet, Elena's favorite activities include birding, being an aunt, attending live music shows, and regularly planning to go to yoga class. Her greatest life accomplishment to date is cycling across the U.S., through many of the stunning places Sierra Club works to protect.

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. Following college, Jessica worked as a field organizer on Tim Johnson (D-SD)'s U.S. Senate race (a 524 vote victory!), was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Peru to complete a project on public participation in making decisions about mining projects, and worked at the Federal Trade Commission. Before joining the Sierra Club, Jessica was an associate in the civil litigation group at Weil, Gotshal and Manges, clerked for Judge John Munter, and spent time during law school working for the Earthjustice International Program and Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger. During her free time, Jessica enjoys making up new recipes, traveling, hiking, and learning to garden.

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. Josh likes to birdwatch, compose music, and play ultimate frisbee, though not at the same time.

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. District Court Judge James A. Redden in Portland, Oregon after graduating from Lewis and Clark Law School. In his spare time, Josh enjoys cycling, tennis, playing guitar, and exploring all that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer with his wife and his three young boys. He also enjoys day dreaming about sleeping in on Saturdays without being woken up at the bottom of a dog pile and travelling--and hopefully doing both at some point within the next ten years.

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. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A.S. from Stanford University. In his spare time he cooks overly elaborate food and hikes very far while carrying very little.

Nathaniel Shoaff, Staff Attorney

Originally from Indiana, Nathaniel received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his J.D. from Vermont Law School. Before joining the Sierra Club, Nathaniel spent two years working for a private law firm in San Francisco doing mostly harmless regulatory environmental work. During law school, Nathaniel worked at the Vermont Natural Resources Council, served as editor-in-chief of Vermont Law Review, and taught legal writing to first-year law students. He also coached the South Royalton High School boys' JV soccer team to a nearly .500 record. When not working with the Club's chapters to protect wildlife resources across the country, Nathaniel can often be found kneading bread, extolling the virtues of San Francisco's N-Judah, or explaining the basics of Midwest geography to his colleagues.

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. Before coming to the Club, Peter completed a clerkship with Justice Walter Carpeneti of the Alaska Supreme Court. Peter has also worked for the Nature Conservancy, where he managed the Massachusetts Islands Program, and with the Natural Capital Project, a joint venture of TNC, the World Wildlife Fund, and Stanford. Peter enjoys running, cycling, hiking, cooking and exaggerating stories about his encounters with charismatic megafauna.

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. and a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA. Travis is very excited to explore and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors with his two children.

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. In his spare time, Zack enjoys backpacking, glassblowing, and a small handful of other gerunds generally fitting into the larger category of "outdoors-y noncompetitive".

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.  Along her path to the Sierra Club, Alison worked in environmental law at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Natural Heritage Institute, and the California Public Utilities Commission, with a short foray in the field of eviction defense with the East Bay Community Law Center.  In addition to renewable energy, Alison’s passions include inter-species animal friendships and playing fiddle music on her viola.  

Andres Restrepo, Associate 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. From 2010 to 2012, he was a Beagle Litigation Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and subsequently clerked for the Honorable Eric N. Vitaliano on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He is somewhat fanatical in his love for pub trivia, crossword puzzles, used bookstores, and curating his large collection of LPs and CDs.

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.

Elly Benson, Associate 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. from Yale Law School, Elly worked as a litigation associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP in San Francisco. In 2012, she returned to the Sierra Club. Elly takes the Club's mission to heart: when not in the office working to protect the planet, she spends her time exploring and enjoying it.

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, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy.  He also earned an M.S. in environment and resources from Stanford's School of Earth Sciences.  Greg has done his fair share of policy work focused on domestic and international climate/air regulations, but he is happy to have (re)joined the front lines of the environmental movement with the Sierra Club.  He is also happy to be back in the chilly-but-pleasant embrace of the San Francisco Bay area and its inexhaustible collection of bike lanes, hiking trails, and artisanal coffee shops.

Laurie Williams, Associate Attorney

Laurie is an associate 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. After college, Laurie worked as an energy policy analyst in the Office of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine before obtaining her J.D. from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Club, Laurie was an associate at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. In her free time, she can be found exploring the D.C. area’s many parks with her dog, who may or may not actually be a black bear.  

Nick Jimenez, Associate Attorney

Nick Jimenez is from New Hampshire. He went to college at Yale University, where he majored in political science and did a lot of recycling. After college, Nick worked for a small environmental law firm in Philadelphia as a paralegal. Nick graduated from Berkeley Law in 2013, after which he spent a year as a fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council working in their Energy Program on transmission and renewable energy issues. He's very happy to have joined the Sierra Club as an associate attorney. Outside of work, he can be found exploring the outdoors on foot, bike, snowshoe, or snowboard. 

Sunil Bector, Associate Attorney

Sunil is an Associate Attorney working to move the country Beyond Coal. Before joining the Sierra Club, Sunil worked at a private law firm helping clean technology companies with their efforts to combat climate change. Sunil hails from South Carolina, where he earned a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Clemson University. Prior to attending law school at the University of California, Berkeley, Sunil worked on environmental, civil rights, and civil liberties campaigns with Greenpeace and People For the American Way, among other organizations. In his free time, Sunil enjoys eating enormous amounts of food, napping, and guilt-induced workouts, largely in that order.

Kathleen Krust, Managing Paralegal

Kathleen Krust is a managing paralegal at the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program. A native of New Orleans, Kathleen moved to San Francisco after graduating from U.C. Santa Barbara with a degree in Law and Society. She formerly worked as a paralegal in a San Francisco law firm before joining the Sierra Club in August 2001. When not doing her best to save the environment, Kathleen enjoys travel, soccer, hiking, and anything else that has to do with the outdoors.

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. David has also worked with Bay Area Legal Aid in Oakland and Center for Food Safety in San Francisco. During his free time, David enjoys cycling, running, hiking and spending time with his wife and 2 small children. He also plays drums in a local band.

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. When not in the office, Violet can be found knitting, picnicking, studying languages, and appreciating the culinary delights of the Bay Area.

Natalie Spiegel, Research Analyst

Natalie is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley with simultaneous BS degrees in Environmental Economics & Policy and Conservation & Resource Studies. Before coming to the Club, Natalie worked as a Legal Assistant at a law firm in downtown Berkeley focusing on civil litigation, family law, and estate planning. Her interest in environmental protection began from a young age as a result of her annual family backpacking trips in Yosemite National Park. When not in the office, Natalie can be found enjoying local cuisine anywhere from North Beach to the Mission or soaking in the all of the gorgeous urban oases that the Bay Area has to offer. She is excited to join the Sierra Club team and to have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our environment.

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. She headed back to school and obtained a Post-bacc Certificate in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Columbia University in 2011. Stephanie is excited to be part of the Boulder office, working to save the outdoor spaces that serve as her playground. She can usually be found running in the mountains, cycling on the roads, or actively avoiding the pool.

Anthony Raduazo, Legal Assistant

Anthony graduated from Williams College in June 2012, where he studied Economics and Political Science, and concentrated in Environmental Studies. In 2010, Anthony received a fellowship from Williams to study the effects of climate change on subsistence-based communities in rural Alaska, which first piqued his interest in a career in public interest environmental law.  After graduating, Anthony headed south to Chilean Patagonia, where he taught English to middle school students with the United Nations Development Programme.  Anthony came to the Club after deciding to defer from Columbia Law School, where he hopes his legal education will allow him to continue pursuing his passion for environmental work.  In his free time, Anthony enjoys running in the Marin Headlands and San Francisco’s great parks, and sampling all of the amazing dim sum in the Richmond neighborhood.

Derek Nelson, Legal Assistant

Derek joined the Environmental Law Program after graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Sustainable Development and Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species. Back East, Derek spent several years researching primate evolution at the American Museum of Natural History before excavating fossils and sunbathing with Nile Monitors on Rusinga Island, Kenya in 2011. While in the area, he conducted an agro-environmental survey at the Sauri UN Millennium village on an Earth Institute Global Fellowship. Derek returned to Columbia to work at the Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic, where he studied the carbon footprint of global livestock production for a project led by Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. For his next project, Derek analyzed environmental impact assessment and international law regarding Mekong River hydropower development. He received a grant to visit Thailand in March 2012 to research controversial Mekong dam proposals and meet with NGO officials. Outside of the Club, Derek is a musician and hapless Mets fan.

Isabelle Riu, Legal Assistant

Isabelle is the legal assistant 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. Expanding on her campus involvement, she interned at the White House Office of Correspondence, Green America, Heal the Bay and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Isabelle originally developed an interest in environmental issues while growing up in Los Angeles, where she became increasingly concerned about air pollution, coastal water quality and environmental justice issues. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys cooking, swimming, hiking and traveling. Her proudest accomplishment to date at the Sierra Club is co-founding FABIO in the DC office.

Jessica Jetter, Legal Assistant

Jessica graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with a dual focus in political science and environmental studies. During her time as an undergraduate Jessica received a Mary Gates Research Scholarship to pursue marine biology study at Friday Harbor Laboratories, located in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state. Jessica also spent 6 months studying environmental policy and nature/human relationships in north and south India. After graduating Jessica traveled through Central America exploring sustainable communities and lifestyles there. Upon returning to the US Jessica served a term as an Americorps member for the Bay Area Climate Corps in Oakland, CA, where she helped educate eager staff and students at dozens of low-income Alameda County preschools on how to adopt money-saving green-behaviors in their classrooms. Outside of the office, Jessica can be found rock climbing, hiking, and trail running at her favorite spots in the Sierras. 

Kadie McShirley, Legal Assistant

Kadie is a recent 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. She kept her distance from the moose. A summer internship at the Environmental Protection Unit of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office further solidified Kadie’s passion for environmental law. Outside of work, Kadie enjoys cooking, Zumba, and learning to play the ukulele.