Color Of Water

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

Maya Richard-Craven

Sapna Mulki

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

Newsha Ajami

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Nahal Ghoghaie

Kearns & West

Dr Angela M Chalk

Healthy Community Services

Briana Muñoz

Pacific Coast Carbon LLC

Nataly Escobedo Garcia

Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

José M. Rodríguez-Flores

Environmental Defense Fund

Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Jessica Thrasher

Colorado Water Center

Wendy “Poppy” Ferris-George

Ferris Institute

Pita Juarez

The Sunrise Project

Andrea León-Grossmann


Martin Griffin

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Ean Tafoya

GreenLatinos / CO Dept. of Public Health and Env.

Crystal Sanders-Alvarado


Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University

Ciara Horne

University of Virginia

Thea Louis

Duke Energy

Lenise Marrero

Brown and Caldwell

Cindy Donis

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Elizabeth Ruiz

Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program

Michael Mendez

UC Irvine

Sanjiv Sinha

Corvias Infrastructure Solutions, LLC.

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš


Huda Alkaff


Priscila Alves

University of Maryland

Shama Perveen


maritza mendoza


Alondra Hernandez


Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes


Victor Galvan

Conservation Colorado

Nusrat Molla

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Julian Gonzalez


André Sanchez

California Wilderness Coalition

Gia Moreno

Hood Community Council

Vidya Balasubramanyam

Coastal States Organization

Jeremiah Muhammad

Blacks In Green

Quentin Stubbs


Cheyanne Harris

Brown and Caldwell

Marccus Hendricks

University of Maryland - College Park

Rachele Lopez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Sarah Traore

Charles River Watershed Association Inc.

Ruthie Redmond

Trimtab Sustainable Waters

Jillian Marshall

Heal the Bay

Maria Elena Kennedy

Kennedy Communications, Inc

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Jessica Dandridge

The Water Collaborative

Jahan Taganova

One Young World Peace Ambassador

Jorge Roman-Romero

Georgetown University Law Center

Frank Ruiz

Audubon California

Marleen Villanueva

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Milin Patel

World of Water Consultancy Ltd

Anita Shervington


Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Joaquin Esquivel

California State Water Resources Control Board

Ashwin Dhanasekar

The Water Research Foundation

Khalid Osman

Stanford University

Pedro Hernandez


John Echohawk

Native American Rights Fund

Tanner Yess

Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Rene Henery

Trout Unlimited/ University of Nevada, Reno

Heather Tanana

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

Cheyenne Holliday


Ani Jayakaran

Washington State University

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Sri Vedachalam


Alex Ortiz

Sierra Club

Afia Zakiya

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

Danielle Rivera

University of California Berkeley

Shandin Pete

University of British Columbia

Bridget Ray


Jeremy Orr


Emma Robbins

Planet Woman

Angel Santiago Fernandez-Bou

University of California, Merced

Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

NWF/Clean Water for All

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

Alyssa Senturk

San Diego Coastkeeper

Gabe Vasquez

City of Las Cruces

Nadine Robertson

Manchac Management Services and Consulting Group

Corita Waters

National Park Service

Daniela Sherrill

Arizona State University

Dira Johanif

Charles River Watershed Association

Arohi Sharma

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Damian Shapes Padilla

Georgetown University

Vinicius Taguchi

North Carolina State University

Chriscilia Cox

SUMA Consulting LLC

Marc Oliver Quijano

Coalition of Accredited Laboratories

Diana Piña Yitbarek

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Nasim Pica

Weston Solutions, Inc.

Sonali Abraham

Pacific Institute

Ngodoo Atume

Clean Water Action

Jazmin Ricks

University of Pennsylvania

Kimbaya Carriere

First Nations Fisheries Council- Water For Fish

Dezaraye Bagalayos

Allensworth Progressive Association

Kedar Dabhadkar


Billie Li

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Alastair Bitsóí

High Country News

Analise Rivero

California Trout

Charming Evelyn

Sierra Club

Ed Marin

Louisville Water

Beth Roach

Sierra Club

Fernando Ramirez

Hydraloop Inc.

Andrian Lee

BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC

Vicky Espinoza

The Nature Conservancy

Jaiden Willeto

Northern Arizona University / K'é Infoshop

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Susana De Anda

Community Water Center

Joseluis Ortiz

Greenroots Institute

Kristi Pullen Fedinick

The George Washington University

Alai Reyes-Santos

University of Oregon

Julia Fay Bernal

Pueblo Action Alliance

Ayako Tischler

Moonshot Missions

Jared Romero

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Inc

Tony Bridges

The Maryland General Assembly

Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Crystal Davis

Alliance for the Great Lakes

Keiko Wilkins

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Parsa Saffarinia

University of California, Davis

Bleu Adams


Jacob Bernal

Northwest Public Radio

Pablo Ortiz

Union of Concerned Scientists


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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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