Monica Embrey is the National Associate Director of the Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign at the Sierra Club, based in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on oil and gas production in California, to address the climate, environmental, health, and economic impacts of the industry.
Monica moved to California to study Environmental Justice Studies: Race, Class, Gender and the Environment at the Pomona College. Since graduating, she has worked with community activists and diverse organizations across the country to phase out oil operations, retire 10 coal-fired power plants and advance local renewable energy economies.
Prior to the Sierra Club, Monica was a Statewide Organizing Coordinator at California Calls where she supported six community based organizations to develop integrated voter engagement strategies and civic engagement programs. She also was the Public Education Coordinator for the Make It Fair campaign to reform California’s Prop 13 and restore billions of dollars to schools and local community services.
Previously, Monica was a Senior Climate and Energy Campaigner at Greenpeace USA, where she worked to successfully retire coal-fired power plants in North Carolina, to keep electricity rates affordable and to expand access to clean energy for all communities. As part of the Moral Monday Movement, Monica organized to empower communities across North Carolina on a 12-issue platform for progressive change .
She is currently a member of the Manzanar Committee, a racial justice organization her grandmother founded 50 years ago to remember the unconstitutional incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during WWII.