Mr. Carl Pope became Chairman of the Sierra Club in 2010. Mr. Pope has been with the Sierra Club for more than thirty years during which he has served as Associate Conservation Director, Political Director, Conservation Director and Executive Director.
In addition to his work with the Sierra Club, Mr. Pope has had a distinguished record of environmental activism and leadership. He has served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics, Inc., and Zero Population Growth (now Population Connection). Mr. Pope was also Executive Director of the California League of Conservation Voters and the Political Director of Zero Population Growth.
Mr. Pope is co-author, along with Paul Rauber, of Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress, which the New York Review of Books called “a splendidly fierce book.” Mr. Pope’s other books include Sahib, an American Misadventure in India (1971) and hazardous Waste in America (1981).
He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1967. He then spent two years as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Barhi, Bihar, India, where he helped communities and families address the human and environmental impacts of population growth due to a lack of access to voluntary family planning.