CEO Izzy Martin receives sabbatical award

On September 20, 2016 The Sierra Fund’s CEO Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin traveled to Los Angeles to be honored as one of eight leaders who were awarded this year’s California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Award. This is the second leadership award that Martin has received in the last year. In early 2016 she was one of five Californians to be awarded the prestigious James Irvine Foundation award for her innovative work to protect and restore California’s headwaters.

The California Wellness Sabbatical Program awards aim to facilitate the long-term effectiveness of health-focused nonprofits by providing their executives with the rest they need and enhancing the professional development of the managers and staff who will assume extra responsibilities during their leader’s absence. Izzy has been the CEO of The Sierra Fund (TSF) since 2005, leading the organization in pursuing their mission to restore and protect the natural resources and communities of The Sierra Nevada. TSF’s current efforts aim to assess and address mining impacts in the Sierra Nevada with an eye toward preventing community exposure to mining toxins and to remediate mine-impacted lands.

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