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Heidi Sanborn: Founding Executive Director


Heidi Sanborn is the founding Director of the National Stewardship Action Council and the Stewardship Action Foundation. With over 30 years experience being a leader in the solid waste industry, Heidi is the nation's foremost expert on producer responsibility and product stewardship.

In her personal time, Heidi is an elected Board Member representing Ward 7 on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board. Sanborn lives with her husband and father, who support and enjoy her work on clean energy and waste reduction and recycling. She and her husband, Brad are passionate animal-lovers that have rescued and fostered 67 dogs. Heidi was formerly the President of the National Alliance for Mental Illness' Sacramento Chapter and still advocates for mental health services. She also fundraises for the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento.

Learn more about Heidi's career here: Capitol Weekly Interview - Environmental lobbyist Heidi Sanborn



  • Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, National Recycling Coalition (2023)

  • Outstanding Public Agency Award, Solid Waste Association of North America (2022)

  • Lawrence Lecturer, Solid Waste Association of North America (2020)

  • Women Who Means Business, Sacramento Business Journal (2020) 

  • Outstanding Policy & Legislative Advancement Award, CalRecycle (2020)

  • Friend of Pharmacy, California Pharmacists Association (2018)

  • Environmental Excellence Award, Industrial Environmental Association (2016)

  • Outstanding Policy Achievement, North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (2015)

  • Distinguished Individual Achievement Award, Solid Waste Association of America (2015)

  • Outstanding Environmental Stewardship Award, Sacramento Environmental Commission (2015)

  • Unsung Hero Award, Solid Waste Association of America (2014)

  • Pollution Prevention Award of the Year, Nonprofit- Sacramento Area Business Council (2014)

  • Outstanding Policy/Legislative Advancement Award, CalRecycle (2012)

  • Climate Changer, Sacramento News and Review (2012)

  • Rick Best Environmental Advocacy Award, California Resource Recovery Association (2010)

  • Recycler of the Year, California Resource Recovery Association (2002)

  • Award of Appreciation, Regional Council of Rural Counties (1999)


  • Master of Public Administration, Non-Profit and Government Management, University of Southern California (2004)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of California, Davis (1992)


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