Chris Hill has a deep desire for social justice and a passion for the outdoors. She has been an avid adventurer since she was young, backpacking, climbing, snowboarding and fly fishing all over. As an environmental lobbyist for the past decade and the former Campaign Director for the Our Wild America Campaign at Sierra Club, Chris now servces as the Chief Conservation Officer of the Sierra Club.
Chris’ desire for a just, equitable and sustainable future, one in which all people benefit from clean air, clean water and equitable access to the outdoors is rooted in community-based organizing. Chris got her start as a grassroots organizer in Appalachia working to stop mountaintop removal coal mining and advance just transition.
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris earned a B.A. in broadcast communications and electronic media from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. and a J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Chris is currently a board member for Trout Unlimited and Alaska Wilderness League, a member of the Leadership Team for Artemis Sportswomen, an ambassador for WeGotNext, a member of the Green Leadership Trust and is a Sierra Club Outings leader (leading fly fishing trips in Alaska).
In 2019, Chris partnered with The Outbound Collective to tell her story on the water. The film, "Where I belong," won 2021 Best Short Film for the Conservation Film Festival and has been accepted into 2020’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, the Mountain Film Festival, among others. Watch Chris' story here. She currently splits her time between Washington, DC and Haines, Alaska.