Color Of Water

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

Huda Alkaff

Wisconsin Green Muslims

Angel Santiago Fernandez-Bou

University of California Merced

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Jose Luis Ortiz y Muniz

The Greenroots Institute, The Genizaro Nation

Keiko Wilkins

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Nataly Escobedo Garcia

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes


Andrea León-Grossmann


Andrian Lee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Sarah Traore

Charles River Watershed Association

Analise Rivero

California Trout

Ngodoo Atume

Clean Water Action

Fernando Ramirez

Hydraloop Inc.

Martin Griffin

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

National Wildlife Federation

Cheyanne Harris

Brown and Caldwell

J. Pablo Ortiz-Partida

Union of Concerned Scientists

Julia Fay Bernal

Pueblo Action Alliance

Ean Tafoya

GreenLatinos / CO Dept. of Public Health and Env.

Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Wendy “Poppy” Ferris-George

Ferris Institute

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Dira Johanif

Charles River Watershed Association

Alondra Hernandez


Maya Richard-Craven

18 publications

Emma Robbins


Marc Oliver Quijano

Coalition of Accredited Laboratories

Jaiden Willeto

Northern Arizona University / K'é Infoshop

Alyssa Senturk

San Diego Coastkeeper

Ciara Horne

University of Virginia

Joaquin Esquivel

California State Water Resources Control Board

Kimbaya Carriere

First Nations Fisheries Council- Water For Fish

Jessica Dandridge

The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

Pedro Hernandez

Central Valley Air Quality Coalition

Marccus Hendricks

University of Maryland - College Park

Gia Moreno

Hood Community Council

Nasim Pica

Weston Solutions, Inc.

Jillian Marshall

Heal the Bay

Sri Vedachalam


Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Crystal Sanders-Alvarado


Shama Perveen


Charming Evelyn

Sierra Club California

Vicky Espinoza

The Nature Conservancy

Thea Louis

Clean Water Action

Jeremy Orr


Tony Bridges

Blue Water Baltimore

Pita Juarez

League of Conservation Voters

Alex Ortiz

Sierra Club

Damian Shapes Padilla

Georgetown Climate Center

Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

Chriscilia Cox

SUMA Consulting LLC

Angela Chalk

Healthy Community Services

Vinicius Taguchi

North Carolina State University

Danielle Rivera

University of California Berkeley

Cindy Donis

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Ruthie Redmond

Trimtab Sustainable Waters

Bleu Adams


maritza mendoza


Elizabeth Ruiz

California Sea Grant

Jorge Roman-Romero

Midwest Environmental Advocates

Nahal Ghoghaie

US Water Alliance

Gabe Vasquez

City of Las Cruces

Shandin Pete

University of British Columbia

John Echohawk

Native American Rights Fund

Tanner Yess

Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Kedar Dabhadkar


Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University

Kristi Pullen Fedinick

Center for Earth, Energy, and Democracy

Beth Roach

Sierra Club

Jeremiah Muhammad

Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC)

Alastair Bitsóí

High Country News

Jared Romero

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Jose Manuel Rodriguez-Flores

UC Merced

Priscila Alves

University of Maryland

Rachele Lopez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Ani Jayakaran

Washington State University

Diana Yitbarek

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Jazmin Ricks

The Water Center at Penn

Rene Henery

Trout Unlimited/ University of Nevada, Reno

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

Dezaraye Bagalayos

Allensworth Progressive Association

Alai Reyes-Santos

Oregon Water Futures, University of Oregon

Bridget Ray

The Salish Sea Collective

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

André Sanchez

California Wilderness Coalition

Julian Gonzalez


Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Jahan Taganova

One Young World Peace Ambassador

Arohi Sharma

Natural Resources Defense Council

Heather Tanana

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

Frank Ruiz

Audubon California

Parsa Saffarinia

University of California, Davis

Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Cheyenne Holliday


Samantha Mie Armacost

Friends of the Mississippi River


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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