- seasoned energy and environmental strategist
- coalition builder and manager
- expertise in climate, land use, renewable energy and water
Sarah K. FriedmanSenior Policy Director
Sarah K. Friedman is an experienced energy and environmental strategist, advocate and attorney. Sarah has deep experience in advocacy, strategy development, negotiations and building and maintaining diverse and impactful state and local coalitions, as well as strong subject matter expertise in the areas of climate, land use, renewable energy and water.
Sarah was a Senior Campaign Representative at the Sierra Club for seven years, where she built durable relationships with federal, state and local agencies. In her role at Sierra Club, she worked to protect California's precious lands, wildlife and waters, while also meeting the challenge of developing renewable energy at the scale necessary to fight climate change. This included work to develop, finalize and protect the landmark Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, the defense of California’s desert national monuments, and addressing environmental issues related to the Salton Sea.
Prior to joining the Sierra Club, Sarah worked as an attorney, representing renewable energy developers in the financing and development of wind, solar and geothermal projects.
Sarah holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelors from the University of Oregon.