Mary Anne Hitt is an advocate and strategist. She is the National Director of Campaigns at the Sierra Club, where she previously served for a decade as director of the Beyond Coal Campaign, recognized as one of the most successful environmental campaigns in history. Working with partners across the nation, the campaign blocked the construction of 200 proposed US coal plants, secured retirement of over half of existing US coal plants, and helped usher in the clean energy era. She also co-hosts the climate storytelling podcast No Place Like Home.
Mary Anne was listed in 2015 as one of the POLITICO 50, POLITICO’s list of the top thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics. She has made numerous media appearances including Good Morning America, MNSBC, the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, and Democracy Now! She was featured in the National Geographic film From the Ashes and the Emmy-winning climate series Years of Living Dangerously. She is a contributor to All We Can Save, a Penguin Random House anthology of essays and poetry by women climate leaders. She is also a Public Voices fellow of the OpEd Project and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
Mary Anne previously served as the executive director of several grassroots organizations, including Appalachian Voices. She received her Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and her Bachelor’s degree in the College Scholars program at the University of Tennessee, where she later received the 2008 Notable UT Woman Award. She grew up in the mountains of east Tennessee and now lives in West Virginia with her family. Find her @maryannehitt.