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Susana De Anda

Community Water Center

Executive Director and Co-Founder


pronouns: She/Her
state: CA
city: Sacramento
languages: Spanish, English
race + ethnicity: Mexican American, Mexican, or Chicana/o/x
Susana is an outstanding spokesperson, activist and organizer that has dedicated her work to ensuring that all people have access to safe, clean and affordable drinking water. She grew up in a farmworker community in Salinas, CA, after her family emigrated from Mexico. Before she co-founded the Community Water Center, which acts as a catalyst for community water-driven solutions through advocacy and education, Susana worked in different organizations on water issues and environmental justice, including at The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment. She can speak to her experience working with farmworker and rural communities in Central California and their struggles with water access, affordability and quality issues. Susana has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award (2018), White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity (2016), Mark Dubois Award from Friends of the River (2014), “150 Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek Magazine (2012), “Women on Top – Top Activist” by Marie Claire magazine (2012), AOL sponsored PBS three-part series titled, Makers: Women Who Have Shaped America (2012), “Las Fabulosas” and “Inspiring Latinas” by Powerful Latinas (2011) and the 2009 Petra Foundation Fellowship award. In addition, Jill Iscol’s book "Hearts on Fire" features a chapter on Susana De Anda and Community Water Center (2011).

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