For Immediate Release January 23, 2013
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Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter Announces New Director
Scheleen Walker to Lead State's Most Influential Environmental Organization
Austin, TX – Scheleen Walker, who served as Legislative Director to Representative Donna Howard (Austin) since
2006, was named Director of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most influential
grassroots environmental organization.
Walker becomes only the second director for the Lone Star Chapter, assuming the position held by Ken
Kramer for more than 23 years (Kramer was the contract lobbyist for the Chapter seven years prior to
becoming director). Kramer will continue to serve in a volunteer capacity as the Chapter’s Water Resources
Committee Chair and Legislative Advisor.
“I am honored to follow in Ken Kramer’s footsteps and work with the dedicated staff and tens of thousands of
grassroots volunteers in Texas who strongly support clean air, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sound
water management, wildlife protection and a well-funded state parks system,” Walker said.
Prior to working at the Legislature, Walker managed the Air Quality Program for Travis County. She was
regarded as a regional leader in the adoption of a ground-breaking public planning program under the Clean
Air Act that resulted in significant, voluntary reductions in air pollution (ozone) in the five-county region sooner
than any nonattainment designation could have mandated.
“This is an exciting time for the Lone Star Chapter – and a challenging one as well,” said Kramer. “With the
combined strength of new leadership and seasoned experience among the Lone Star Chapter’s environmental
advocates in Austin, we have perhaps our strongest state legislative lobby corps ever.”
Walker earned a M.S. in Environmental Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in English
and Policy Studies from Rice University. In between, Walker served as a Legislative Aide in Washington, D.C.
to Congressman John Bryant (Dallas) for nine years. She has also worked in the private sector as a project
manager on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews throughout Texas.
“The Chapter’s Executive Committee worked diligently to find someone with a similar blend of skills and
personality on which we have relied from Ken Kramer over the last three decades,” said Hal Suter, volunteer
chairman of the Lone Star Chapter executive committee. “We are confident Scheleen will be an
outstanding ambassador for the Chapter as we face the next generation of environmental challenges and seek
to increase the membership’s diversity.”
Walker is a fifth generation Texan who grew up in Dallas while spending summers staying and playing
outdoors with her many cousins and grandparents strewn throughout Central and Northwest Texas. She has
lived in Austin since 1996, and has a 10-year old son.