A new director to move us forward

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Welcome Camilla!

Many of you may have encountered Camilla Feibelman working on political campaigns for Martin Heinrich, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, and local candidates over the last several election cycles. We were so impressed with her organizational skills, we talked her into coming back to New Mexico for a longer gig.

Camilla was born and raised in Albuquerque, where she attended Albuquerque High School. The better part of her career has been spent in Puerto Rico, where
the Club — thanks to Camilla’s work — has created a new chapter over the last eight years.

Her Spanish-speaking skills were initially honed in Peru, working as a Fulbright scholar, helping local fishermen resolve conflict over fishing territory. After returning to the states, Camilla’s contacts at the Club working as an intern led to a series of important positions where she could make use of her degree from Columbia University.

Her work, based in Washington, D.C., started with the important role of director of the Sierra Student Coalition, with a promotion to Deputy Press Secretary for Diversity Programs.

Camilla begins official full-time work with the Rio Grande Chapter at the end of April, After she’s helped the Puerto Rico chapter make the transition to a new director. But she’s already made a huge positive impact on our chapter, holding one-on-one listening sessions with volunteer leaders, testifying at Public Regulation Commission meetings, strategizing on communications and fundraising and implementing best practices.

Our priority-setting during the chapter’s March Conservation Committee and Executive Committee meetings was led by Camilla, with an emphasis on outcomes. Not surprisingly, we identified target campaigns such as promotion of solar power through opportunities like community solar and the need to protect critters due to increased risk on our water supply brought by climate change.

Two of the advantages that the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter offers to environmental protection are our involvement in the political process and our membership of more than 7,000, with the willingness of many of them to volunteer. Camilla will be working with our local groups to identify near-term goals that will enhance our organization’s effectiveness by providing structure and vision, leading to an improved volunteer base.