Sarah Diefendorf, a 2013 Ruth S. Shur Fellowdirects the Environmental Finance Center at Dominican University of California, where she assists communities with climate action plans and works with American Indian tribes in Arizona, California and Nevada to promote green economies. She recently completed work on the Guidebook on International Environmental Finance Tools for the United Nations Development Program. 

She served as a Board member and Second Vice President for the LWVUS from 2004 to 2008 and acted as Chair of the LWVUS Climate Change Task Force from 2006 to 2010.  She is a member of the League of Women Voters of Oakland (California),. and she serves as Program Director on Climate Change for the League of Women Voters of California. Sarah has also served as a Grassroots Democracy Trainer for the LWVUS. She's worked in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Armenia, Jamaica, Jordan and TunisiaSarah holds a Master’s degree in environmental geography from Cambridge University.