December 19, 2011
Contact: Rebecca Silver, Sierra Club, 212-791-3600, firstname.lastname@example.org
CLUB FOUNDATION APPOINTS YOUNGEST MEMBER TO THE BOARD
FRANCISCO – The Sierra Club Foundation is
pleased to announce that Juan Martinez, 2011 National Geographic Emerging
Explorer, is the newest member of the Board of Directors. Martinez
first became involved with the Sierra Club as a participant in Building Bridges
to the Outdoors while in high school in South Central LA. He worked his way up to the position of youth
volunteer coordinator, and went on to join the Sierra Student
Coalition's executive committee and helped construct the organization's policy.
“We’re overjoyed to have Juan join
the Foundation Board,” said Foundation Executive Director Peter Martin. “His
perspective, experience and passion show a tremendous commitment to
environmental activism and youth education.”
A graduate of California State University
Los Angeles, Martinez
is dedicated to introducing low-income families to the outdoors and fighting
urban pollution. In his new role on the
Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors, at age 27, Martinez will continue to
contribute to campaign planning for Mission Outdoors, act as an ambassador for
Building Bridges to the Outdoors, and foster connections with the entertainment
community to help build the organization’s brand with the next generation.
“The Sierra Club is a significant
part of my life,” said Juan Martinez. ““It is an honor to take on a leadership
role at an organization that has had such a profound impact on who I am.”
Juan is a national spokesman for the
importance of getting youth into the outdoors, an Ambassador for The North
Face, Director of Leadership Development
and Natural Leaders Network for the
Children & Nature Network, a recipient of Congresswoman Hilda Solis’
Environmental Youth Leadership Award and a recipient of the Breaking the Color
Barriers “Looking to the Future” Award.
Juan has been a member of the Sierra Club since 2008.
The Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation is a
public charity whose mission is to provide financial support to the Sierra Club
and other environmental organizations for charitable projects. The Foundation
relies on the generosity of thousands of donors across the country who care
about preserving and protecting the planet for future generations. The Foundation funds small, local projects
and multi-year, multi-million dollar campaigns that help educate, inspire and
empower humanity to preserve the natural and human environment. To learn more, visit www.sierraclub.org/foundation.