Clean Water Action

We all live downstream.

aka CWA   |   Washington, DC   |  www.cleanwateraction.org

Mission

Clean Water Action is a national organization of diverse people and groups, joined together to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Our goals include: clean, safe and affordable water; prevention of health-threatening pollution; creation of environmentally safe jobs and businesses; and empowerment of people to make democracy work. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and solve environmental and community Since 1972, Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing,expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

Ruling year info

1973

President and CEO

Mr. Robert Wendelgass

Main address

1444 Eye St, NW Suite 400

Washington, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

23-7128611

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Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Protecting America's Waters

Clean water is important to us all. We all live downstream from some power plant, manufacturing facility or industrial agriculture complex. But healthy families, communities, environments and economies rely on clean, safe water. To ensure our water resources for the future, we must protect and conserve them today.

We unite diverse communities of citizens, activists and politicians in the fight for clean, safe and healthy water resources and environments. We support grassroots organizations, mobilize voters and campaign to elect progressive, pro-environment candidates at every level. With your help, we speak for America's waters, from source to tap.

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Experts warn that we must decrease our greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 in order to avoid the worst effects of global warming. We can reach this goal by developing a new energy economy and the policies to support this move. We must:

Dramatically reduce our current reliance on fossil fuel based energy sources (http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/aer/pecss_diagram.html) .

Make the switch renewable energy sources for electricity, such as wind and solar.

Increase efficiency and use of alternative fuel sources in the transportation sector and increase use of public transportation.

Institute immediate energy efficiency and conservation measures, which reap benefits quickly and economically.

While we do this, we must also protect vulnerable communities from the pollution released by oil and gas facilities. Air and water pollution from oil and gas drilling and refining cause serious health effects on nearby residents, who are often lower income people and people of color. Children and the elderly are also most heavily impacted.

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Many common chemicals and pollutants have already been linked to rising rates of asthma, cancer and heart conditions. And, as technology advances, new products are developed almost daily. It is our responsibility-and in our best interest-to ensure these new products are safe for our families, our communities and our environment. We need strong standards at the state and federal level to get hazardous chemicals off the market and out of our communities and our bodies.

We also work with local and national groups to pursue environmental justice by holding polluters accountable and engaging elected officials. Together, we present a strong, unified voice for environmental justice in communities and neighborhoods across the United States.

Lastly, we are working to address the tsunami of plastic waste that threatens to overwhelm our oceans and our streets. Food packaging is the largest source of litter in most communities. And plastic waste could outweigh all the fish in the ocean by 2050. We need to stop using single use plastics and return to reusable items that reduce waste and save us money!

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Since its founding in 1972, making democracy work has been central to Clean Water Action's mission and strategy. The cornerstone of this strategic focus is holding elected officials accountable to voters. A
crucial problem underlying many pollution problems, we believe, is an imbalance of political power that distorts our political system and hampers good policy.

Guided by this belief, Clean Water Action builds grassroots strength in key states and communities to change politics and environmental policy in states, local communities and Washington, DC. We run muscular and effective grassroots campaigns to defeat anti-environment candidates, and support candidates who are committed to protecting our waters, our health, and our future. Our door-to-door campaigns educate the public and promote grassroots power while training the next generation of environmental leaders.

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Clean Water Action

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
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Board chair

Katharine Koeze

Brent Baeslack

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Elizabeth Dickinson

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Maxine Lipeles

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Myrna Poticha

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William Goldsmith

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Brigid Shea

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Andy Bauer

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Vernice Miller-Travis

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Katharine Koeze

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Leticia Colon de Mejias

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Robert Garcia

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Marisa Perales

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Lawson Shadburn

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Oscar Ramirez

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Marguerite Young

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.