Color Of Water

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

Jose Luis Ortiz y Muniz

The Greenroots Institute, The Genizaro Nation

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

Wendy “Poppy” Ferris-George

Ferris Institute

Jeremy Orr


Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes


Maya Richard-Craven

18 publications

Diana Yitbarek

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Ngodoo Atume

Clean Water Action

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

National Wildlife Federation

Angela Chalk

Healthy Community Services

Jorge Roman-Romero

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Crystal Sanders-Alvarado


Jaiden Willeto

Northern Arizona University / K'é Infoshop

Sarah Traore

Charles River Watershed Association

Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Elizabeth Ruiz

California Sea Grant

Alai Reyes-Santos

Oregon Water Futures, University of Oregon

Joaquin Esquivel

California State Water Resources Control Board

Vinicius Taguchi

North Carolina State University

Cheyanne Harris

Brown and Caldwell

John Echohawk

Native American Rights Fund

Jazmin Ricks

The Water Center at Penn

Nahal Ghoghaie

US Water Alliance

Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Jose Manuel Rodriguez-Flores

UC Merced

Tony Bridges

Blue Water Baltimore

Nataly Escobedo Garcia

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Julian Gonzalez


Pita Juarez

League of Conservation Voters

maritza mendoza


Ciara Horne

University of Virginia

Fernando Ramirez

Hydraloop Inc.

Andrea León-Grossmann


Samantha Mie Armacost

Friends of the Mississippi River

Alex Ortiz

Sierra Club

Cindy Donis

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Marccus Hendricks

University of Maryland - College Park

Priscila Alves

University of Maryland

Jeremiah Muhammad

Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC)

Huda Alkaff

Wisconsin Green Muslims

Sri Vedachalam


Cheyenne Holliday


Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

Gia Moreno

Hood Community Council

Kristi Pullen Fedinick

Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy

Beth Roach

Sierra Club

Danielle Rivera

University of California Berkeley

Arohi Sharma

Natural Resources Defense Council

Angel Santiago Fernandez-Bou

University of California Merced

Shama Perveen


Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University

Jillian Marshall

Heal the Bay

Frank Ruiz

Audubon California

Heather Tanana

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

Thea Louis

Clean Water Action

Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Emma Robbins


Kimbaya Carriere

First Nations Fisheries Council- Water For Fish

Gabe Vasquez

City of Las Cruces

Chriscilia Cox

SUMA Consulting LLC

Shandin Pete

University of British Columbia

Parsa Saffarinia

University of California, Davis

Martin Griffin

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

Nasim Pica

Weston Solutions, Inc.

Ruthie Redmond

Trimtab Sustainable Waters

Alastair Bitsóí

High Country News

Rene Henery

Trout Unlimited/ University of Nevada, Reno

Keiko Wilkins

University of Hawaii at Manoa

André Sanchez

California Wilderness Coalition

Analise Rivero

California Trout

Bleu Adams


Ani Jayakaran

Washington State University

Dira Johanif

Charles River Watershed Association

Jessica Dandridge

The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

Damian Shapes Padilla

Georgetown Climate Center

Vicky Espinoza

The Nature Conservancy

Tanner Yess

Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Charming Evelyn

Sierra Club California

Kedar Dabhadkar


J. Pablo Ortiz-Partida

Union of Concerned Scientists

Julia Fay Bernal

Pueblo Action Alliance

Marc Oliver Quijano

Coalition of Accredited Laboratories

Jahan Taganova

One Young World Peace Ambassador

Ean Tafoya

GreenLatinos / CO Dept. of Public Health and Env.

Jared Romero

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Pedro Hernandez

Central Valley Air Quality Coalition

Alyssa Senturk

San Diego Coastkeeper

Bridget Ray

The Salish Sea Collective

Andrian Lee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Rachele Lopez

San Diego Coastkeeper


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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