Climate Advocate, Conservation Colorado
Sara Rose Tannenbaum’s passion for community, nature, and hands-on learning is what first brought her to the environmental field. With over 10 years of experience spanning environmental planning, policy, organizing, and management — around a diverse array of natural resources ranging from sustainable forestry to urban creek restoration and community-supported agriculture. Sara Rose believes that the well-being of communities is at the core of progressive environmental advocacy. To this end, she is currently the Climate Advocate at Conservation Colorado, the largest member-based conservation organization. Here she works to advance equitable climate policy at various state venues — including as a lobbyist at the Legislature — and convenes a network of nonprofits fighting for climate action and pollution reduction across Colorado. Sara Rose earned a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and a B.S. in Community-based Environmental Planning from the University of California Berkeley. Previously she worked at the Center for Western Priorities in defense of public lands, and managed a neighborhood-based alternative transportation program called “SmartTrips” for Salt Lake City’s Division of Sustainability and the Environment. With a growing interest in collaborative philanthropy, Sara Rose serves on the steering committee for the homegrown Rise Together Giving Circle and is an alumni of the Rose Community Foundation’s Roots and Branches Program. Her hobbies include vegetable gardening, bike riding, and landscape watercolor sketching.