Color Of Water

Elevating Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and other voices of color to change the narrative around water.

Andrea León-Grossmann


Elizabeth Ruiz

Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program

Nasim Pica

Weston Solutions, Inc.

Jazmin Ricks

University of Pennsylvania

Alastair Bitsóí

High Country News

Cheyanne Harris

Brown and Caldwell

Shama Perveen


Maya Richard-Craven


Angel Santiago Fernandez-Bou

University of California, Merced

Diana Piña Yitbarek

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Tony Bridges

Blue Water Baltimore

Julian Gonzalez


Pedro Hernandez


Samantha Mie Armacost

Friends of the Mississippi River

Fernando Ramirez

Hydraloop Inc.

Alyssa Senturk


Gia Moreno

Hood Community Council

Jared Romero

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Inc

Andrian Lee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jose Luis Ortiz y Muniz

The Greenroots Institute, The Genizaro Nation

Alex Ortiz

Sierra Club

Cindy Donis


Ruthie Redmond

Trimtab Sustainable Waters

Rachele Lopez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Pita Juarez

League of Conservation Voters

Parsa Saffarinia

University of California, Davis

Beth Roach

Sierra Club

Jillian Marshall

Heal the Bay

Jose Manuel Rodriguez-Flores

UC Merced

Susana De Anda

Community Water Center

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

Pablo Ortiz

Union of Concerned Scientists

Alai Reyes-Santos

Oregon Water Futures, University of Oregon

Jessica Dandridge

The Water Collaborative

Jessica Thrasher

Colorado State University

Milin Patel

World of Water Consultancy Ltd

Marccus Hendricks

University of Maryland - College Park

Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Jahan Taganova

One Young World Peace Ambassador

Oscar Alvarado

The Hague Academy for Local Governance

Sarah Traore

Charles River Watershed Association Inc.

Huda Alkaff


Marc Oliver Quijano

Coalition of Accredited Laboratories

Martin Griffin

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš


Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Maria Kennedy

Kennedy Communications, Inc

Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Keiko Wilkins

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Bleu Adams


Emma Robbins


Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University

Billie Li

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Nahal Ghoghaie

US Water Alliance

Ciara Horne

University of Virginia

Jorge Roman-Romero

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Vidya Balasubramanyam

Coastal States Organization

Damian Shapes Padilla

Georgetown University

Sri Vedachalam


Nataly Escobedo Garcia

Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

André Sanchez

California Wilderness Coalition

Gabe Vasquez

City of Las Cruces

Kimbaya Carriere

First Nations Fisheries Council- Water For Fish

Thea Louis

Clean Water Action

Ean Tafoya

GreenLatinos / CO Dept. of Public Health and Env.

Briana Muñoz

Pacific Coast Carbon LLC

Alondra Hernandez


Arohi Sharma

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Crystal Sanders-Alvarado


Sapna Mulki

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Ashwin Dhanasekar

The Water Research Foundation

Charming Evelyn

Sierra Club

Crystal Davis

Alliance for the Great Lakes

Dira Johanif

Charles River Watershed Association

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Frank Ruiz

Audubon California

Kedar Dabhadkar


Sanjiv Sinha

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT)

Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes


Danielle Rivera

University of California Berkeley

Wendy “Poppy” Ferris-George

Ferris Institute

Tanner Yess

Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Jaiden Willeto

Northern Arizona University / K'é Infoshop

Afia Zakiya

Independent Africana Studies and EJ scholar-activist, currently Executive Director of Africatown Heritage Preservation Foundation

Corita Waters

National Park Service

Angela Chalk

Healthy Community Services

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Priscila Alves

University of Maryland

Jeremiah Muhammad

Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC)

Sonali Abraham

Pacific Institute

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

Nadine Robertson

Manchac Management Services and Consulting Group

Bridget Ray


Kristi Pullen Fedinick

Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy

Analise Rivero

California Trout

Jacob Bernal

Idaho Conservation League

Lenise Marrero

Brown and Caldwell

Ani Jayakaran

Washington State University

Vicky Espinoza

The Nature Conservancy

Joaquin Esquivel

California State Water Resources Control Board

Dezaraye Bagalayos

Allensworth Progressive Association

Cheyenne Holliday


Jeremy Orr


Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Ngodoo Atume

Clean Water Action

Julia Fay Bernal

Pueblo Action Alliance

Maritza Mendoza


John Echohawk

Native American Rights Fund

Nusrat Molla

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Heather Tanana

S.J. Quinney College of Law - University of Utah

Chriscilia Cox

SUMA Consulting LLC

Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

NWF/Clean Water for All

Shandin Pete

University of British Columbia

Vinicius Taguchi

North Carolina State University

Victor Galvan


Rene Henery

Trout Unlimited/ University of Nevada, Reno


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About Us

The Color of Water Initiative was created by the Water Hub to build voice and visibility for people of color in the water movement. Our goal is to connect reporters with a more diverse set of experts, and build capacity for these experts to elevate the stories of their communities, which have often been left out of conversations around water.

From water access and drought response in the West to lead pipes and PFAS pollution in the Great Lakes; to recurring flooding and water infrastructure failures in the South, Color of Water members have deep expertise and first-hand experience on water challenges and solutions all across the country.

Read the joint statement by Color of Water members on the launch of the Color of Water directory and the importance of equity and inclusion in the water world. 

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