Loren Blackford is the Sierra Club Treasurer, chairs its finance & risk and investment committees and co-leads strategic planning. Previously, she chaired the board of the Sierra Club Foundation while it went through a year and a half long process to better align its investments with its mission across all asset classes.
Loren is committed to leveraging philanthropy, investment dollars, political fundraising and advocacy to speed the transition to a fair and equitable clean-energy economy. She is actively engaged with various organizations and networks dedicated to these objectives, including: Rachel’s Network – women environmental donors and investors; NRDC Environmental Entrepreneurs; Confluence and CREO – foundations and family offices investing in environmental and clean energy solutions.
Loren previously worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation – a non-profit intermediary that was investing $500 million a year in local community development efforts. She also helped Living Cities – a coalition of major foundations, financial institutions, and HUD – create a green community development strategy. Prior to that, she worked at the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service during the 1992 Earth Summit and its preparations, and published a chapter on NGOs in a book about International Environmental Negotiations.
Loren graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and Oberlin College. She lives in New York City with her husband, two kids, and dog.