Co-founder, SapphirePine; Environmental Policy Advocate
Sandra Lupien is awestruck by California’s forests, mountains, coasts, rivers, and wildlife. That love affair, combined with one for the Great Lakes of her native Michigan, drove her to become an advocate for policies and practices that promote sustainable communities, environmental health, and climate protection. She is the co-founder of SapphirePine, a new social venture transforming drought- and beetle-killed Sierra Nevada pine into beautiful industrial modern furniture. Sandra has two decades of diverse leadership experience in the non-profit and public sectors at the local, regional, and national levels; she has also worked as a public radio news anchor, and as a theater performer, director, and producer. Sandra is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where she researched sea level rise preparedness in California, and is assistant teaching a course on culture and natural resources management. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Management/Organization Behavior and Leadership from University of San Francisco. In addition to serving on the WEN Board of Directors, Sandra is a member of the Advisory Board of Terra Cultura. She loves to hike, paddle, camp, and dance, as well as to see great films, plays, and dance performances.