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Rogers and Clark Two-Step at Sierra Club

Margot Clarke
Margot Clarke (Photo By John Anderson)

After more than two years' service with the Sierra Club's Lone Star chapter, headquartered in Austin, grassroots outreach coordinator Erin Rogers put in her final day last Friday. Rogers will head to the hallowed halls of Harvard University to pursue a master's degree in public administration. Replacing her on the Sierra staff will be recent City Council candidate Margot Clarke, who will take over water- and nuclear-waste issues and help coordinate activities of the Alliance for a Clean Texas, a network that includes Sierra and 20 other statewide environmental, consumer, and religious organizations.

The chance to step back into her former role as an environmental advocate, and to work alongside friends and familiar faces, is "very fortuitous," Clarke says -- particularly in light of her recent loss at the polls. After edging out several viable primary contenders for second place in the May 3 general election, Clarke was defeated by Brewster McCracken, who won the Place 5 seat in a run-off contest by almost 30 points. While Clarke is not certain what her job title will be when her Sierra stint begins Aug. 1, she says she's excited about the work that lies ahead -- particularly projects involving the Alliance, which she and Rogers helped establish while Clarke was with the League of Conservation Voters.

About her Cambridge-bound friend and former colleague, Clarke says: "Those are big shoes to fill. Not that she has big feet, of course."

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