Color Of Water

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

Alastair Bitsóí

Inside Climate News

Michael Mendez

UC Irvine

Victor Galvan

Denver Mayor's Office for Climate Action, Sustainability and Resilience

Billie Li

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Jared Romero

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Inc

Fernando Ramirez

Hydraloop Inc.

Cheyanne Harris

Brown and Caldwell

Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Heather Tanana

University of California, Irvine

Jahan Taganova

One Young World Peace Ambassador

Marleen Villanueva

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Cheyenne Holliday

Verde

Kristi Pullen Fedinick

The George Washington University

Julia Fay Bernal

Pueblo Action Alliance

Susana De Anda

Community Water Center

Crystal Davis

National Parks Conservation Association

Lenise Marrero

Brown and Caldwell

Nasim Pica

Weston Solutions, Inc.

Roland Jones

Corvias Infrastructure Solutions

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Anita Shervington

BLAST Fest

Nahal Ghoghaie

Kearns & West

Ruthie Redmond

Trimtab Sustainable Waters

Shama Perveen

CERES

Tony Bridges

The Maryland General Assembly

Jazmin Ricks

University of Pennsylvania

Gabe Vasquez

US Congress

Jessica Thrasher

Colorado Water Center

Maria Elena Kennedy

Kennedy Communications, Inc

Sonali Abraham

Pacific Institute

Pita Juarez

Sunrise Project

Keiko Wilkins

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Alyssa Senturk

California Water Data Consortium

Thea Louis

Duke Energy

Oluwole (OJ) McFoy

Buffalo Sewer Authority

Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Shreya Agrawal

The Xylom

Emily Raquel Warren Armitano

Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Angela Guyadeen

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Julian Gonzalez

Earthjustice

Andrea León-Grossmann

Azul

Cathie Chavez-Morris

Equidad Group

Dr. Angela Chalk

Healthy Community Services

Jaiden Willeto

Northern Arizona University / K'é Infoshop

Daniela Sherrill

ASU / AZ Water for All

Kimbaya Carriere

First Nations Fisheries Council- Water For Fish

Shandin Pete

University of British Columbia

Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Danielle Rivera

University of California Berkeley

Parsa Saffarinia

University of California, Davis

Crystal Davis

National Parks Conservation Association

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Ed Marin

Louisville Water

Ayako Tischler

Moonshot Missions

Corita Waters

National Park Service

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Pablo Ortiz

Union of Concerned Scientists

Ashwin Dhanasekar

Brown and Caldwell

Ciara Horne

University of Virginia

Crystal Sanders-Alvarado

Seaworthy

Vidya Balasubramanyam

Coastal States Organization

Tanner Yess

Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Ngodoo Atume

Clean Water Action

Sri Vedachalam

Cisolutions

Olga Cano

Environmental Protection Agency

Huda Alkaff

Wisconsin Green Muslims

Dira Johanif

Charles River Climate Compact

Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

NWF/Clean Water for All

Charles Cassagnol

Western Ecology, LLC

Khalid Osman

Stanford University

Nataly Escobedo Garcia

Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

Sanjiv Sinha

Corvias Infrastructure Solutions, LLC.

Jorge Roman-Romero

Georgetown University Law Center

Afia Zakiya

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

Quentin Stubbs

NOAA

Nusrat Molla

Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University

Alai Reyes-Santos

University of Oregon

Beth Roach

Sierra Club

Jeremiah Muhammad

Blacks In Green

Alondra Hernandez

WEAT

Angel Santiago Fernandez-Bou

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Kedar Dabhadkar

Lam Research

Bleu Adams

IndigeHub

Briana Muñoz

Pacific Coast Carbon LLC

Charming Evelyn

Sierra Club

Damian Shapes Padilla

Georgetown University

Pedro Hernandez

GreenLatinos

Emma Robbins

Planet Woman

Sarah Traore

Charles River Watershed Association Inc.

Jose Luis Ortiz y Muniz

Greenroots Institute

Rachele Lopez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Jillian Marshall

Heal the Bay

Andrian Lee

BCM Environmental and Land Law, PLLC

Sapna Mulki

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Frank Ruiz

Audubon California

Joaquin Esquivel

California State Water Resources Control Board

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Silvia R. Gonzalez

UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute

Newsha Ajami

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Wendy “Poppy” Ferris-George

Ferris Institute

Martin Griffin

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Dezaraye Bagalayos

Allensworth Progressive Association

Rene Henery

Trout Unlimited/ University of Nevada, Reno

Jessica Dandridge

The Water Collaborative

Arohi Sharma

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Cate Mingoya-LaFortune

Groundwork USA

Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Vicky Espinoza

The Nature Conservancy

Jacob Bernal

Washington State University

Analise Rivero

California Trout

Ngodoo Atume

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Elizabeth Ruiz

Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program

Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Ani Jayakaran

Washington State University

Breanna González

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Chriscilia Cox

SUMA Consulting LLC

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

Cindy Donis

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Ean Tafoya

GreenLatinos / CO Dept. of Public Health and Env.

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš

Azul

Thea Louis

Wellesley College

Bridget Ray

The Salish Sea Collective

Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes

GreenLatinos

Vinicius Taguchi

North Carolina State University

Gia Moreno

Hood Community Council

Priscila Alves

University of Maryland

Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University

John Echohawk

Native American Rights Fund

Marc Oliver Quijano

Jacobs

Alex Ortiz

Sierra Club

André Sanchez

California Wilderness Coalition

Diana Piña Yitbarek

NC Department of Environmental Quality

José M. Rodríguez-Flores

Environmental Defense Fund

Maritza Mendoza

GreenLatinos

Jeremy Orr

Earthjustice

Marccus Hendricks

University of Maryland - College Park

Nadine Robertson

Manchac Management Services and Consulting Group

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

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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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Learn about the what, why, how, and when of the Color of Water from this interview with our Relationships Manager, José by Waterloop.

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