Color Of Water

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

Kimbaya Carriere

First Nations Fisheries Council- Water For Fish

Crystal Davis

National Parks Conservation Association

Heather Tanana

University of California, Irvine

Angela Guyadeen

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Pablo Ortiz

Union of Concerned Scientists

Jose Luis Ortiz y Muniz

Greenroots Institute

Sapna Mulki

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Dezaraye Bagalayos

Allensworth Progressive Association

Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Jessica Dandridge

The Water Collaborative

Gabe Vasquez

US Congress

Thea Louis

Duke Energy

Dira Johanif

Charles River Climate Compact

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Andrea León-Grossmann


Charles Cassagnol

Western Ecology, LLC

Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

Emily Raquel Warren Armitano

Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Maritza Mendoza


Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Tony Bridges

The Maryland General Assembly

Silvia R. Gonzalez

UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute

Olga Cano

Environmental Protection Agency

Nasim Pica

Weston Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Angela Chalk

Healthy Community Services

Cindy Donis

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Ani Jayakaran

Washington State University

Quentin Stubbs


Jorge Roman-Romero

Georgetown University Law Center

Jahan Taganova

One Young World Peace Ambassador

José M. Rodríguez-Flores

Environmental Defense Fund

Jillian Marshall

Heal the Bay

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

Vicky Espinoza

The Nature Conservancy

Pita Juarez

Sunrise Project

Jeremiah Muhammad

Blacks In Green

Alex Ortiz

Sierra Club

Ruthie Redmond

Trimtab Sustainable Waters

Ngodoo Atume

Clean Water Action

Ngodoo Atume

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Analise Rivero

California Trout

Anita Shervington


Damian Shapes Padilla

Georgetown University

Oluwole (OJ) McFoy

Buffalo Sewer Authority

Wendy “Poppy” Ferris-George

Ferris Institute

Khalid Osman

Stanford University

Beth Roach

Sierra Club

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Nataly Escobedo Garcia

Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

Huda Alkaff

Wisconsin Green Muslims

Alai Reyes-Santos

University of Oregon

Nusrat Molla

Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University

Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes


Kristi Pullen Fedinick

The George Washington University

Sri Vedachalam


Nahal Ghoghaie

Kearns & West

Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University

André Sanchez

California Wilderness Coalition

Nadine Robertson

Manchac Management Services and Consulting Group

Briana Muñoz

Pacific Coast Carbon LLC

Ean Tafoya

GreenLatinos / CO Dept. of Public Health and Env.

Diana Piña Yitbarek

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Ayako Tischler

Moonshot Missions

Michael Mendez

UC Irvine

Fernando Ramirez

Hydraloop Inc.

Lenise Marrero

Brown and Caldwell

Priscila Alves

University of Maryland

Emma Robbins

Planet Woman

Tanner Yess

Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Parsa Saffarinia

University of California, Davis

Arohi Sharma

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Charming Evelyn

Sierra Club

Jazmin Ricks

University of Pennsylvania

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Joaquin Esquivel

California State Water Resources Control Board

Angel Santiago Fernandez-Bou

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Martin Griffin

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Sanjiv Sinha

Corvias Infrastructure Solutions, LLC.

Julia Fay Bernal

Pueblo Action Alliance

Thea Louis

Wellesley College

Alondra Hernandez


Jeremy Orr


Cate Mingoya-LaFortune

Groundwork USA

Frank Ruiz

Audubon California

Victor Galvan

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

Chriscilia Cox

SUMA Consulting LLC

Roland Jones


Andrian Lee

BCM Environmental and Land Law, PLLC

Breanna González

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

Ashwin Dhanasekar

Brown and Caldwell

Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Sonali Abraham

Pacific Institute

Keiko Wilkins

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Daniel Cordalis

Native American Rights Fund

Jaiden Willeto

Northern Arizona University / K'é Infoshop

Danielle Rivera

University of California Berkeley

Bleu Adams


Newsha Ajami

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Marleen Villanueva

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Ed Marin

Louisville Water

Billie Li

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Jessica Thrasher

Colorado Water Center

Susana De Anda

Community Water Center

Elizabeth Ruiz

Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program

Cathie Chavez-Morris

Equidad Group

Bridget Ray

The Salish Sea Collective

Shama Perveen


Shandin Pete

University of British Columbia

Jacob Bernal

Washington State University

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš


Cheyenne Holliday


Crystal Davis

National Parks Conservation Association

Afia Zakiya

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

Kedar Dabhadkar

Lam Research

Jared Romero

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Inc

Alyssa Senturk

California Water Data Consortium

Pedro Hernandez


Daniela Sherrill

ASU / AZ Water for All

Corita Waters

National Park Service

Sarah Traore

Charles River Watershed Association Inc.

Crystal Sanders-Alvarado


Marc Oliver Quijano


Cheyanne Harris

Brown and Caldwell

Vidya Balasubramanyam

Coastal States Organization

Rachele Lopez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Julian Gonzalez


Rene Henery

Trout Unlimited/ University of Nevada, Reno

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Gia Moreno

Hood Community Council

Ciara Horne

University of Virginia

Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

NWF/Clean Water for All

John Echohawk

Native American Rights Fund

Maria Elena Kennedy

Kennedy Communications, Inc

Shreya Agrawal

The Xylom

Alastair Bitsóí

Inside Climate News

Vinicius Taguchi

North Carolina State University

Marccus Hendricks

University of Maryland - College Park


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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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