Chance Cutrano, a 2015 SXU graduate with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, was recently awarded the 2018 Sierra Club California’s first annual Emerging Leader Award for outstanding contributions to conservation and politics by someone under the age of 30. The Sierra Club is one the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations. Cutrano manages public lands protection and sustainable agriculture programs as the director of special projects and strategic initiatives at the environmental nonprofit Resource Renewal Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his free time, Cutrano serves on the finance and political committees for the Sierra Club's SF Bay chapter, as well as the club's national climate adaptation task force. Cutrano also attends Presidio Graduate School, where he is pursuing his Master of Public Administration degree in Sustainable Solutions.