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Kirin Kennedy

Kirin Kennedy

Washington Representative

Sierra Club

Washington, Washington, D.C.

Work daily to help shape our nation's policies on Climate, Endangered Species, and the Health of our national forests.





Political Campaigns, Environmental Policy, Legislation, Policy, government relations, lobbying

To be a Badass Environmental Advocate.
Career medium 05

Presidential Inaugural Committee

Volunteer Coordinator- Staff Inaugural Ball

Developed recruitment, training and deployment process of volunteers in a coalition and team setting. Managed volunteer recruitment, training and deployment of all volunteer for the Staff Inaugural Ball. Lastly worked in a team enviornment, in conjunction with the Events and planning team to ensure the proper deployment and volunteer planning for the Staff Inaugural Ball.


Sierra Club

VA Youth Vote Manager

Provides national coordination and oversees the work in assigned components of the political program including activities in a set of targeted races. Works in collaboration with national and chapter staff and volunteers to develop the program/campaign plan, and oversees implementation of the plan, and program budget/expenses.

2. Collaborates with Communications staff and directs media outreach activities related to the assigned program components and campaigns, including developing media outreach plans, serving as Sierra Club spokesperson to national media outlets as necessary, and promotes volunteer media exposure.

3. Collaborates with Field staff and directs grassroots targeting and outreach activities related to the assigned program components and campaigns, including developing targeted outreach plans, monitoring implementation, working with outside phone, mail, and other vendors, and providing analysis of direct outreach activities.

4. Directs the development and preparation of campaign issues information and candidate background information. This may include the research, writing, editing and distribution of fact sheets, newsletters, political and voter education materials, and opposition research. It may also include the writing, editing and reviewing of articles for conservation related publications.

5. Works to develop and to insure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the program/campaign.

6. Supports and provides senior level professional expertise to staff and volunteers.

7. Provides political training and motivation to staff and volunteers.

8. Introduces creative ideas and approaches for consideration.

9. Performs miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

Career medium 03

Sierra Club

Associate Director of Legislative and Adminstrative Advocacy, Lands and Wildlife.

As an advocate, I spend my time working to ensure that we protect some of America's important environmental Laws, From working on the National Environmental Protection Act to Wildfire Diasters and funding. I meet with community and elected official stake holds on legislative issues to secure access to clean air, water, public lands and open space for us and wildlife.

Career medium 05

Energy Action Coalition

Co-Chair Steering Committee

The steering committee is an annually elected body that makes recommendations to EAC Council on overall coalition goals and objectives, campaigns and projects; oversees the Annual EAC budget of $1.5 million dollars and $2 million fundraising plan.

•Spearhead the restructuring of the Coalition, its funding and organizational structure as a member of the Organizational Development Committee.

•Attend/participate in White House Meetings with the Office of Public Engagement and the Youth Clean Energy Forum in December 2009 and in April of 2011 on the issues of Clean Coal usage and Keystone XL and suggested solutions for increasing green energy incentives and ramping down incentives for coal, oil and gas.


Obama for America/Organizing For America

Regional Field Director

The Regional Field Director is responsible for the management of the Deputy Field Organizers, training of community volunteers and developing regional organizing plans. Coordinate field management and ensuring data integrity facilitating and evaluating region wide events.

•Managed a Strike Team of five to contact 20,000 voters in 2.5 months; led a team that registered over 1,000 voters in 4 weeks; successfully got over 2,000 voters to commit to vote early which increased African-American turnout by 10% over 2008 numbers in Franklin County, OH.

•Created strategic field plans using VoteBuilder and precinct level data to increase voter contact in Franklin County.

•Implemented a GOTV program which included managing 70 volunteers, directing trainings, facilitating workshops, and coordinating daily canvasses of 1,000 contacts per day.

Career medium 05
Career medium 01

The United States Students Association

National Field Director

The position of the National Field Director is to direct and lead the Field Department of the United States Students Association (USSA) and all field programs in conjunction with other program staff and the National President.

•Wrote, developed and implemented the USSA field campaign plan with an original voter contact goal of 110,000 college students nation-wide; exceeded recruitment goals by 150%.

•Implemented strategic filed plan for joint campaign with White House “Don’t Double My Rate” campaign which included building an online social media presence to influence congressional action on student debt.

•Planned and recruited the National Student Lobby Day of Action in Washington, DC with over 300 students in attendees.


Greenceed USA


Career medium 02


Regional Field Fellow

•Planned and coordinated membership recruitment activities with State Conferences and local units in 3 regions.

•Organized events with the field team around April 4th “WE ARE ONE” and NAACP’s Criminal Justice Dept’s “Misplaced Priorities Report” and “I Am Troy Davis” case.

•Fostered productive working relationship between State/State-Area Conferences and State Youth and College Divisions to increase youth activism and engagement.


Pennsylvania State NAACP Youth And College Division

President Pennsylvania NAACP Youth and College Division

Career medium 01


President of Penn State College Chapter

Ensured proper implementation of National, Regional and Lcoal Campaignssuch as; Census 2010, PA Goes Green, overall membership drives per unit.
Managed a committee of 10 members, creating a systems for reproting, and communication.

Increased capacity of local units to engage in lcoal and natioanl programs

Oversaw a State wide budget of 3,000 dollars.
Annual Funraised for Annaul State budget and operating expenses.

Oversaw, facilited and planned Annual State Convention.

Planned and coordinated 20 units druing, the 20210 Midterm Election. This included, the created of State Wide Field Plan with local unit goals, committee goals and individual goals. All calls and canvasas were tracked using VAN.


The League of Young Voters Education Fund

Pennsylvania State Apprentice

This was a 5-month apprenticeship where I was the leader organizer in Pennsylvania for both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
• Organizing Campaigns and Developing Programs
• Building Coalitions and Establishing Relationships
• Researching and Determining Constituent Needs
• Holding Community Workshops, Symposiums, etc.
• Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Members
• Drafting Legislative Fact Sheets, Talking Points, etc.
• Overseeing Annual Operating Budget
• Fundraising
• Cold Calling
• Researching Issues for Policy Consideration
• Manage Social Media Pages and Blogs, Tailored To Campaigns
• Managing Constituent Databases
• Reporting Data For Polling Place Election Data, etc

Career medium 03
Career medium 05

Comission on Racial and Ethinic Diversity/ Fast Start Mentoring Program

Student leader

• Student Issues Team - Student Chair
• Serving as the student representative for NAACP on the student issues team for CORED and a full member of the Executive Leadership Team.
• Where both teams meet monthly to discuss the climate at Penn State and hold programs that educate on the issues of diversity and tolerance.


Energy Justice Network

Powershift Pennsylvania Organizer

While on Staff for Energy Justice Network, I was moved from Director of Interns to PowerShift Pennsylvania Organizer where I was responsible for the following.

• Recruitment goals and plans,
• Conference planning,
• Budgeting, and
• Overall project management,
• Grant-writer, and consultant.

Career medium 04
Career medium 05

Enviromental Justice Network

Director of Interns

I work on four different enviormental projects within Delaware County Pennsylvania and Mansfield Township, New Jersey. This job included databasing incinerators within the Delaware Valley region. Working with Chester on local community projects, managing all interns and project guidances, organizing for Powershift PA at Penn State, working as a consultant to Pennsylvania Key Coalition to help organize Powershift PA.


Penn State University

B.S., Geography, Minor Climatology