20th Anniversary Reception

Wednesday, April 6th from 5-7 pm in Sacramento!

The reception was held in the Maple Suite at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel – 500 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

We could not have made it to this milestone without your support. Thank you for attending our evening reception to revel in our shared success and honor retired CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin.

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Thank you!  We are grateful for you and your efforts that got us here! Celebrate with us our best successes over 20 years:

  • Critical leader in helping establish the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. From the first meeting in 2002 to discuss a Sierra Nevada Conservancy until the bill co-authored by then-Assembly members John Laird and Tim Leslie was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, the Sierra Fund played the pivotal role in shaping the bill, building support for its passage, and working the halls of the Capitol. The Conservancy to date has leveraged over $120 million dollars of state funding for enhancing the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada.
  • Led the effort creating bipartisan support which has to date stopped instream recreational suction dredge mining until a permit system can be developed or deemed impossible. Recreational suction dredging is known to disturb important fish habitats and to mobilize mercury from historic gold mind operations, which threatens human health.
  • Raised the long-ignored issue of the gold rushes toxic legacy to be a recognized problem for California, the Sierra Nevada, and even the nation. We released a series of reports, met with myriad state and local leaders to champion reforms and gained recognition.

The Sierra Fund relies on the principles of science, stewardship, environmental justice and policy advocacy to restore ecosystem resiliency and build community capacity in the Sierra Nevada.

Thank you Sponsors!

Teichert Materials

California Department of Conservation


Alison Harvey

Emigrant Trails Greenway Trust


The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America

John and Patty Brissenden

Martha Lennihan

Adrienne Alvord

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP

East Bay Municipal Utility District

Sierra Nevada Alliance

Rich Gordon


Steve Frisch