Sigrid is an Oregon native but left in her mid-20s for graduate school to study journalism and communications management. After establishing her career in Washington DC, she relocated to Santa Barbara, where she has been for about 20 years, leading a regional solutions-based nonprofit, the Community Environmental Council. A few years ago she co-authored one of the first “regional energy blueprints” in the country — a strategic guide for moving Santa Barbara County away from fossil fuels in one generation. She met Jeff Jones and his wife Laurie Hoyle, and they organized a gallery show and benefit with Jeff’s work, during which they had many good conversations about building a “climate movement.” She is also the sustainability editor for a Santa Barbara lifestyle magazine and is the director for one of the largest, longest-running annual Earth Day festivals in the U.S. During her free time, Sigrid keeps a vegetable garden, is an avid reader, and spends as much time as she can on the Gaviota Coast near her home.
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