Color Of Water

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

Alondra Hernandez


Sri Vedachalam


Kristi Pullen Fedinick

The George Washington University

Afia Zakiya

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

Crystal Sanders-Alvarado


Shreya Agrawal

The Xylom

Damian Shapes Padilla

Georgetown University

Julia Fay Bernal

Pueblo Action Alliance

Wendy “Poppy” Ferris-George

Ferris Institute

Jaiden Willeto

Northern Arizona University / K'é Infoshop

Silvia R. Gonzalez

UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute

Frank Ruiz

Audubon California

Daniel Cordalis

Native American Rights Fund

John Echohawk

Native American Rights Fund

Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Alyssa Senturk

California Water Data Consortium

Jacob Bernal

Washington State University

André Sanchez

California Wilderness Coalition

Crystal Davis

National Parks Conservation Association

Roland Jones


Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Marc Oliver Quijano


Ngodoo Atume

Clean Water Action

Maria Elena Kennedy

Kennedy Communications, Inc

Arohi Sharma

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Priscila Alves

University of Maryland

Dezaraye Bagalayos

Allensworth Progressive Association

Oluwole (OJ) McFoy

Buffalo Sewer Authority

Cheyenne Holliday


Cheyanne Harris

Brown and Caldwell

Veronica Garibay

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

Nasim Pica

Weston Solutions, Inc.

Sapna Mulki

Environmental Policy Innovation Center

Ruthie Redmond

Trimtab Sustainable Waters

Sarah Traore

Charles River Watershed Association Inc.

Jared Romero

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Inc

Billie Li

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Chriscilia Cox

SUMA Consulting LLC

Ciara Horne

University of Virginia

Cindy Donis

East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice

Elizabeth Ruiz

Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program

Parsa Saffarinia

University of California, Davis

Corita Waters

National Park Service

Adriana Renteria

State Water Board

Mariana Del Valle Prieto Cervantes


Jillian Marshall

Heal the Bay

Olga Cano

Environmental Protection Agency

Lenise Marrero

Brown and Caldwell

José M. Rodríguez-Flores

Environmental Defense Fund

Nadine Robertson

Manchac Management Services and Consulting Group

Carlos Moran

Council for Watershed Health

Daniela Sherrill

ASU / AZ Water for All

Michael Mendez

UC Irvine

Bridget Ray

The Salish Sea Collective

Charming Evelyn

Sierra Club

Gabe Vasquez

US Congress

Jessica Thrasher

Colorado Water Center

Crystal Davis

National Parks Conservation Association

Marccus Hendricks

University of Maryland - College Park

Thea Louis

Duke Energy

Rene Henery

Trout Unlimited/ University of Nevada, Reno

Jeremy Orr


Diana Piña Yitbarek

NC Department of Environmental Quality

Briana Muñoz

Pacific Coast Carbon LLC

Ashwin Dhanasekar

Brown and Caldwell

Shama Perveen


Breanna González

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Kimbaya Carriere

First Nations Fisheries Council- Water For Fish

Cate Mingoya-LaFortune

Groundwork USA

Cathie Chavez-Morris

Equidad Group

Nataly Escobedo Garcia

Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability

Khalid Osman

Stanford University

Andrian Lee

BCM Environmental and Land Law, PLLC

Joaquin Esquivel

California State Water Resources Control Board

Susana De Anda

Community Water Center

Rachele Lopez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Alastair Bitsóí

Inside Climate News

Victor Galvan

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

Marleen Villanueva

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Fernando Ramirez

Hydraloop Inc.

Ngodoo Atume

UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Sandi Matsumoto

The Nature Conservancy

Beth Roach

Sierra Club

Bleu Adams


Quentin Stubbs


Tony Bridges

The Maryland General Assembly

Angela Mooney D’Arcy

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

Nahal Ghoghaie

Kearns & West

Newsha Ajami

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Pablo Ortiz

Union of Concerned Scientists

Andrea León-Grossmann


Mahtaab Bagherzadeh

NWF/Clean Water for All

Lucero Sanchez

San Diego Coastkeeper

Kedar Dabhadkar

Lam Research

Danielle Rivera

University of California Berkeley

Shandin Pete

University of British Columbia

Vicky Espinoza

The Nature Conservancy

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud

Bayou City Waterkeeper

Ed Marin

Louisville Water

Pedro Hernandez


Tanner Yess

Groundwork Ohio River Valley

Vinicius Taguchi

North Carolina State University

Sanjiv Sinha

Corvias Infrastructure Solutions, LLC.

Anita Shervington


Huda Alkaff

Wisconsin Green Muslims

Maritza Mendoza


Nureen Faiza Anisha

Oregon State University

Maria Bone

Kearns & West Inc.

Brenda Coley

Milwaukee Water Commons

Ani Jayakaran

Washington State University

Emma Robbins

Planet Woman

Julian Gonzalez


Gia Moreno

Hood Community Council

Emily Raquel Warren Armitano

Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Analise Rivero

California Trout

Thea Louis

Wellesley College

Angela Guyadeen

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Vidya Balasubramanyam

Coastal States Organization

Ean Tafoya

GreenLatinos / CO Dept. of Public Health and Env.

Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš


Nusrat Molla

Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University

Jazmin Ricks

University of Pennsylvania

Heather Tanana

University of California, Irvine

Alai Reyes-Santos

University of Oregon

Ayako Tischler

Moonshot Missions

Angel Santiago Fernandez-Bou

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Jeremiah Muhammad

Blacks In Green

Jorge Roman-Romero

Georgetown University Law Center

Sonali Abraham

Pacific Institute

Jessica Dandridge

The Water Collaborative

Nikki Tulley

University of Arizona

Charles Cassagnol

Western Ecology, LLC

Jahan Taganova

One Young World Peace Ambassador

Jose Luis Ortiz y Muniz

Greenroots Institute

Martin Griffin

Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District

Alex Ortiz

Sierra Club

Pita Juarez

Sunrise Project

Keiko Wilkins

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dr. Angela Chalk

Healthy Community Services

Dira Johanif

Charles River Climate Compact


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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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