Color Of Water

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

Newsha Ajami

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Andrea León-Grossmann


Crystal Davis

National Parks Conservation Association

Julia Fay Bernal

Pueblo Action Alliance

Jahan Taganova

One Young World Peace Ambassador

Bridget Ray


Diana Piña Yitbarek

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Cheyenne Holliday


Julian Gonzalez


Keiko Wilkins

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Alastair Bitsóí

High Country News

Wendy “Poppy” Ferris-George

Ferris Institute

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

Cindy Donis

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Gabe Vasquez

City of Las Cruces

Gia Moreno

Hood Community Council

Ashwin Dhanasekar

The Water Research Foundation

Maria Elena Kennedy

Kennedy Communications, Inc

Chriscilia Cox

SUMA Consulting LLC

Kedar Dabhadkar


Vidya Balasubramanyam


Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes


Huda Alkaff

Wisconsin Green Muslims

Jaiden Willeto

Northern Arizona University / K'é Infoshop

Ruthie Redmond

Trimtab Sustainable Waters

Nusrat Molla

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Alondra Hernandez


Silvia R. Gonzalez

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

Dezaraye Bagalayos

Allensworth Progressive Association

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Rachele Lopez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Jorge Roman-Romero

Georgetown University Law Center

Jacob Bernal

Northwest Public Radio

Heather Tanana

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Vicky Espinoza

The Nature Conservancy

Ayako Tischler

Moonshot Missions

Joseluis Ortiz

Greenroots Institute

Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

NWF/Clean Water for All

Frank Ruiz

Audubon California

Sarah Traore

Charles River Watershed Association Inc.

Pedro Hernandez


Arohi Sharma

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Jazmin Ricks

University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Ruiz

Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program

Charming Evelyn

Sierra Club

Cathie Chavez-Morris

Equidad Group

Nasim Pica

Weston Solutions, Inc.

Sapna Mulki

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

José M. Rodríguez-Flores

Environmental Defense Fund

Shama Perveen


Quentin Stubbs


Danielle Rivera

University of California Berkeley

Khalid Osman

Stanford University

Bleu Adams


Alyssa Senturk

San Diego Coastkeeper

André Sanchez

California Wilderness Coalition

Vinicius Taguchi

North Carolina State University

Breanna González

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Marccus Hendricks

University of Maryland - College Park

Joaquin Esquivel

California State Water Resources Control Board

Roland Jones

Corvias Infrastructure Solutions

Tony Bridges

The Maryland General Assembly

Parsa Saffarinia

University of California, Davis

Maya Richard-Craven

Alai Reyes-Santos

University of Oregon

Angel Santiago Fernandez-Bou

University of California, Merced

Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University

Beth Roach

Sierra Club

Ani Jayakaran

Washington State University

John Echohawk

Native American Rights Fund

Nahal Ghoghaie

Kearns & West

Lenise Marrero

Brown and Caldwell

Marleen Villanueva

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Sanjiv Sinha

Corvias Infrastructure Solutions, LLC.

Sri Vedachalam


Jared Romero

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Inc

Emma Robbins

Planet Woman

Jessica Dandridge

The Water Collaborative

Dira Johanif

Charles River Climate Compact

Briana Muñoz

Pacific Coast Carbon LLC

Andrian Lee

BCM Environmental and Land Law, PLLC

Crystal Sanders-Alvarado


Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Damian Shapes Padilla

Georgetown University

Ed Marin

Louisville Water

Ciara Horne

University of Virginia

Nataly Escobedo Garcia

Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

Jessica Thrasher

Colorado Water Center

Cheyanne Harris

Brown and Caldwell

Shreya Agrawal

The Xylom

Dr. Angela Chalk

Healthy Community Services

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

Tanner Yess

Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Pita Juarez

Sunrise Project

Anita Shervington


Alex Ortiz

Sierra Club

Analise Rivero

California Trout

Marc Oliver Quijano

Coalition of Accredited Laboratories

Martin Griffin

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Angela Guyadeen

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Corita Waters

National Park Service

Ngodoo Atume

Clean Water Action

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Fernando Ramirez

Hydraloop Inc.

Michael Mendez

UC Irvine

Nadine Robertson

Manchac Management Services and Consulting Group

Priscila Alves

University of Maryland

Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Pablo Ortiz

Union of Concerned Scientists

Kristi Pullen Fedinick

The George Washington University

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš


Jillian Marshall

Heal the Bay

Daniela Sherrill

Arizona State University

Billie Li

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Susana De Anda

Community Water Center

Victor Galvan

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

Jeremy Orr


Rene Henery

Trout Unlimited/ University of Nevada, Reno

Afia Zakiya

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

Sonali Abraham

Pacific Institute

Jeremiah Muhammad

Blacks In Green

Kimbaya Carriere

First Nations Fisheries Council- Water For Fish

Thea Louis

Duke Energy

Milin Patel

World of Water Consultancy Ltd

Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

maritza mendoza


Shandin Pete

University of British Columbia

Ean Tafoya

GreenLatinos / CO Dept. of Public Health and Env.


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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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