Today, Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston officially joined the Sierra Club as its new Georgia State Director, taking over for Colleen Kiernan, who has served in this role for the last five years. Terry is a well-recognized state leader, with more than 15 years of nonprofit, advocacy and public service work under his belt.

Terry has a long history with the Sierra Club, having first worked for the Georgia Chapter in 2006 as a field canvasser, collecting signatures for the nascent Beltline idea and raising grassroots donations for the group. “The Sierra Club was the first organization I ever joined, as a young high school student, and since then have been keenly aware of the importance of environmental stewardship and activism,” said Terry.

More recently, Terry served as Campaign Director for the Georgia AFL-CIO, the labor union umbrella organization, where for the last two years he ran the union’s communication and voter turnout program. As Director of the Georgia Sierra Club, Terry will be responsible for implementing the Georgia Chapter’s priority campaigns, and will continue the cultivation of dynamic partnerships across the state.

“Ted brings over 15 years in political and communications experience to the Georgia Sierra Club,” said David Emory, Georgia Chapter Chair. “We are confident he will pick up right where Colleen left off, continuing to advance our vision for a clean energy future for Georgia, expanded transit in Metro Atlanta, and protection of our wildlands and coast from encroaching development and pollution.”

The Sierra Club has successfully allied with partners such as the AFL-CIO on a wide range of campaigns, including the successful Clayton County MARTA expansion referendum in 2014. Looking ahead, Terry said the Unions and Sierra Club will continue working together under the Blue-Green Alliance, an effort to identify ways today’s environmental challenges can create and maintain quality jobs and build a stronger, fairer economy.

“There are many areas where the labor movement and the environmental movement overlap. Together our organizations represent over 200,000 working people, volunteers and activists who care about a stronger economy and a stronger planet,” said Terry.

The Sierra Club has more than 2.4 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit


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