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The Planet

Who You Gonna Call?

The Planet, July/August 1997, Volume 4, number 6

A resource list for the Sierra Club national office and field system

Teamwork among volunteer activists and staff is a key factor in the Club's environmental victories. But knowing who to call when you need assistance or information on various campaigns is not always easy. The conservation staff, located in San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and regional field offices, work with volunteers on national and regional campaigns and offer assistance to chapters and groups working on local issues.

Sierra Club Legislative Office

The Washington, D.C., legislative office is the base of the Club's national lobbying efforts. Staff including Club Chairman Mike McCloskey, Legislative Director Debbie Sease, Field Program Director Bob Bingaman and Communications Director Kristin Hyde work on our national priority campaigns. The Washington, D.C., office also hosts several training and lobbying events for chapter leaders each year. Contact the Washington, D.C., office if you have questions about the Club's national priority campaigns. The D.C. Legislative Hotline, (202) 675- 2394, provides weekly updates and action items on the latest pending national environmental legislation.

Example: To get the latest information on the status of the EPA's proposals on clean air legislation, contact Jeff Bocan in the Washington, D.C., office.


  • Environmental Quality and Pollution (Clean Air, Clean Water, Wetlands, Toxics) Jeff Bocan (202) 675-7917
  • Public Lands & Wildlife Dan Smuts (202) 675-2385
  • Global Warming and Energy Steve Pedery (202) 675-6278
  • Human Rights Stephen Mills (202) 675-6691
  • Media Sam Parry (202) 675-6907
  • Trade Dan Seligman (202) 675-2387
  • Population Larry Williams (202) 675-6690

Sierra Club Field System

For chapters needing information or help with how to get involved in national, regional or statewide campaigns, the first contact should be the regional field office. Conservation staff in field offices support chapters and groups in implementing conservation policy. While the field staff are part of the team that works on national priority conservation campaigns, the greatest part of their time is spent assisting volunteers with priority regional conservation efforts. Field offices provide training to chapter activists, assist chapters and groups develop an annual work plan as well as put together issue campaigns. The field staff also support the Club's ecoregion program designed to develop long-term campaigns for environmental protection and restoration. Contact your field office for information on regional conservation issues or pending legislation at the state or regional level. If you have questions about the field program in general, contact Bob Bingaman, national field director.

Example: For information on the status of the proposed development in Adirondack State Park and what the Club is doing (see page 8) , contact the Northeast regional field office.

Field Offices:

Bob Bingaman, National Field Director
408 C Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-5818
(202) 675-7904
Fax: (202) 547-6009 Appalachian Office (DC, DE, GA, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Joy Oakes, Staff Director
69 Franklin St.
Annapolis, MD 21401-2727
(410) 268-7411
Fax: (410) 268-1114 California/Nevada/Hawaii Office
Barbara Boyle, Staff Director
1414 K Street, Suite #300
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 557-1100
Fax: (916) 557-9669

Midwest Office (IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI)
Carl Zichella, Staff Director
214 N. Henry St. #203
Madison, WI 53703-2200
(608) 257-4994
Fax: (608) 257-3513

Northeast Office (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT)
Chris Ballantyne, Staff Director
85 Washington St.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4105
(518) 587-9166
Fax: (518) 583-9062

Northern Plains Office (KS, MT, NE, ND, SD, WY)
Larry Mehlhaff, Staff Director
23 N. Scott, Rm. 27
Sheridan, WY 82801-6338
(307) 672-0425
Fax: (307) 674-6187 Northwest Office (AK, ID, OR, WA)
Bill Arthur, Staff Director
180 Nickerson St., Suite 103
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 378-0114
Fax: (206) 378-0034

Southeast Office (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, TX)
Jim Price, Staff Director
1330 21st Way South, #100B
Birmingham, AL 35205-3904
(205) 933-9111
Fax: (205) 939-1020 Southwest Office (AZ, CO, NM, OK, UT)
Rob Smith, Staff Director
516 E. Portland St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1843
(602) 254-9330
Fax: (602) 258-6533

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