Krista is a second-generation San Diegan and grew up hiking and camping throughout California, which sparked a lifelong appreciation for the environment and drive to protect it for future generations. She studied Environmental Studies with a Law & Public Policy focus at the University of Southern California and interned with the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade division in Washington D.C. While in school, she was a founding member of the school’s Campus Climate Challenge and worked with the University’s leadership to replace their fleet with hybrid vehicles and author its Baseline Sustainability Report.
She has a Master’s in Public Administration and a certificate in Public Policy, and currently works as a public finance project manager. She serves on the chapter’s Political Committee and volunteers for Inspiring Connections Outdoors. In her free time, she loves to garden, grill, and hike with her dogs and husband.
Doug GroverExecutive Committee Member, North County Group Representative
David HoganChair, Executive Committee
David Hogan is a life-long believer in the mission of the Sierra Club to improve the world for nature and people. David has been an environmentalist his entire career including his most recent position as Director of The Chaparral Lands Conservancy, a group dedicated to restoration of endangered species habitat. David worked at the Center for Biological Diversity to preserve desert and forest wild places in California, Arizona, and New Mexico, and filed legal documents to protect two dozen endangered species including the original documents to list the California gnatcatcher. David co-founded the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection and served on the boards of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters and the Executive, Conservation, and Political committees of the San Diego Sierra Club. David seeks to apply his passion for nature and experience in organization management in support of the Chapter.
Amanda MasciaSecretary, Executive Committee
Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania on the shores of Tamarack Lake, Amanda (Curry) Mascia has known from childhood that her happiest days are spent in nature. Her upbringing has cemented her belief that we as a society, need nature. Amanda knows that we can’t simply sit back and love nature- because our natural world is under unprecedented attack. It is Amanda’s belief that protecting our natural environment is our greatest duty and our highest calling.
With a BA in Communications from Penn State University, Amanda is an experienced marketing and communications professional who has worked in some of the biggest and brightest advertising agencies as an Account Manager. Amanda has also worked on small start-ups, various political campaigns, and she has an Emmy Award for her healthy kids’ cooking show, The Good Food Factory.
Amanda also thrives as a grassroots community organizer who has worked on several successful campaigns and environmental issues in San Diego and elsewhere.
Amanda is a joyful and unifying communicator with a can-do attitude, boundless enthusiasm, and a lifelong passion for environmental activism.
Amanda can be found hiking in her backyard, surfing North County, camping in the Eastern Sierra, and working to get things done at various political and environmental meetings around San Diego. Amanda would love to work with YOU on environmental issues that you and your community care about.
Cody PettersonExecutive Committee Member
Sally PrendergastExecutive Committee Member, North County Coastal Group Representative
Lisa RossVice Chair, Executive Committee
David RousseauExecutive Committee Member
Richard MillerChapter Director
Mr. Miller has been an employee of the San Diego Chapter since 2009 when he became the Development and Communications Coordinator developing and implementing the Chapter fundraising programs. He holds Certificates in Fund Raising for Small Nonprofits and Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School at The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. In 2017 Mr Miller advanced to Development Associate and in May 2018 aws appointed Chapter Director. Mr. Miller is often the first point of contact for the Chapter, responsible for Chapter administration, programing,membership relations and office administration.
Mr. Miller’s previous volunteer experience includes service on the Executive Committee’s for Sierra Club San Diego and Sierra Club California where he served as Chair for both organizations. Mr. Miller has also served on National Sierra Club committees, including as Chair of the National Nominating Committee for the Sierra Club Board of Directors.
Martha 'Marty' MarquezAdministrative Assistant
A new hire in December 2017 and a San Diego native, Marty has an extensive background as an administrative assistant in various fields, most recently as a property manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from National University 2013 online program while working full time. She also maintains a small business doing billing, taxes, and is a notary.
In the past 3 years, she began hiking well known trails in San Diego, followed by the Grand Canyon and Yosemite for the first time, it was love at first sight. This past President weekend 2018, she visited Sedona for the first time and did a couple of hikes with friends. Her only regret is that hiking was never introduced to her as a kid.
She has traveled to Machu Piccho in 2015, France 2001, South Africa 2001 for pleasure, and to Guadalajara, Mexico for family. Pacific Beach has been her home for the past 11 years and it is where the bay, beach, community, and outdoor activities thrive in this beautiful vacation destination. Her travels and home inspire her to do more to protect the beauty, people, and animals from any threat harmful to our wellbeing. With the current White House administration, destiny was calling when she heard and applied for the position, leading her on the path of activism.
Kyle RentschlerCommunity Organizer
Kyle Rentschler joins Sierra Club San Diego after extensive volunteering at several conservation and wildlife rehabilitation non-profits including Climate Action Campaign, the Audubon Society, the San Diego Zoo, and three wildlife rehabilitation centers. After earning his doctorate working on ethics and virtual realities at New York University, he is excited to return to the natural world and take his volunteering to the next level.
As the Conservation Organizer, Kyle will be primarily working on SANDAC (San Diego Activist Citizens), a targeted volunteer campaign advocating for increased public transit investment at SANDAG.
Steering Committee Goals
The Sierra Club Board of Directors on February 21, 2014 established the following goals for the Sierra Club San Diego Steering Committee and other Club leaders working with members of the Chapter:
Rebuild Sierra Club functions in San Diego and Imperial counties and transition to a well-functioning, effective member-elected San Diego Chapter volunteer leadership. This will include establishing new group norms to build trust among volunteer leaders, maintaining intellectual honesty and respectful dialogue, addressing disagreements constructively, and establishing a governance structure that engages people in work that advances the Club’s mission.
Provide support to improve Chapter volunteer leadership and management capacity to engage in addressing potential problems before they evolve into conflicts and constructively resolve disagreements.
Build the capacity of the San Diego groups, sections and committees to engage members and supporters in meaningful ways to advance Club goals.
Build a mutually beneficial relationship with the national Sierra Club.
Maintain the core functions of the Chapter: advancing the Club’s mission (conservation, litigation, and political), providing service to members, supporters and the public, building local resources, and complying with policies and standards.
Ensure compliance with applicable Club policies and requirements.