Allison Chin, Former Sierra Club President and Veteran Environmental Education Professional, Named to NAAEE Board

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A long-time member, director and executive with the Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation, Allison Chin is one of the five newest board members for The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). She sees NAAEE as "the nexus of an expanding truly multicultural movement that welcomes, supports, respects, and fully engages the participation of all people."

NAAEE is at the nexus of an expanding truly multicultural movement that welcomes, supports, respects, and fully engages the participation of all people. - Allison Chin

Allison Chin, a former Sierra Club president and one of its current directors, is one of the five newest governing board members for the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to the profession and advancement of environmental education and civic engagement.

The expanded board, along with a newly constituted advisory council comprising distinguished professionals in the field of environmental education, is part of NAAEE’s revised governance framework. The new structure enhances the organization's ever-expanding network of partners for the next-generation of work in environmental literacy and civic engagement and the underlying science that supports the work, according to Judy Braus, executive director.

“I am excited for this new opportunity with NAAEE,” Chin says. “The goals and values of both organizations overlap beautifully and NAAEE is at the nexus of an expanding truly multicultural movement that welcomes, supports, respects, and fully engages the participation of all people. NAAEE fully acknowledges the large organizational challenge of realizing the whole-sector scope of equity and diversity for all in environmental and science education.”

A long-time member, director, president and board chair with the Sierra Club and the Sierra Club Foundation, Chin also is a director of Women’s Voice for the Earth, a Missoula, Montana organization highlighting women’s voices in efforts to eliminate the toxic chemicals that harm our health and communities. She is one of the four major co-founders and one of three co-chairs of the Washington, D.C.-based Green Leadership Trust, representing a network of people of color and indigenous citizens who serve on environmental boards to ensure the best practices of equity, diversity and inclusion for developing leaders in the environmental movement.

At Sierra Club, Chin has held various roles, including two terms as president and three terms as director (the current term expiring in 2018). She is the co-lead on the organization’s diversity steering committee, which created the Sierra Club’s first formal plan for diversity, equity and inclusion. Chin also has been an outings leader, organizing more than 200 trips connecting youth to nature and the environment over the last two decades.

With 53 state, provincial and regional affiliates in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, NAAEE has expanded its partnerships with corporations, foundations, NGOs, universities, and governmental agencies and institutions. Some of the most recent work has involved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), CalWater, the National Environmental Education Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, just to name a few.

About NAAEE
The North American Association for Environmental Education is a pioneering membership organization dedicated to accelerating environmental literacy and civic engagement through the power of education. NAAEE supports a network of more than 20,000 educators, researchers, and organizational members working in environmental education in more than 30 countries through direct membership and regional affiliate organizations. Through community networks, publications, signature programs, and eeNEWS and eeJOBS, NAAEE provides programming and resources for professionals working in all areas of the field. NAAEE’s annual conference, now entering its 45th year, convenes leaders from private and public sectors to advance the field of environmental education. For more information, visit naaee.org and naaee.org/eePRO.

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