The US Water Alliance staff draws on cross-sector experience from diverse disciplines to advance a one water future.
Radhika Fox is the Chief Executive Officer of the US Water Alliance, a national nonprofit organization advancing policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. The Alliance educates the nation on the value of water, accelerates the adoption of one water policies and programs, and celebrates innovation in water management. Alliance membership includes water providers, public officials, business leaders, environmental organizations, community leaders, policy organizations, and more. The Alliance also coordinates the Value of Water Campaign, a national campaign driven by leadership across the water sector, dedicated to raising awareness about the nation’s aging water infrastructure. In her roles as CEO of the Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign, Radhika is a sought-after expert for media covering water issues.
In addition to her leadership at the US Water Alliance, Radhika serves on the board of PolicyLink, a national non-profit focused on creating sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. She also currently serves as a Health Equity Fellow at PolicyLink, as a part of a cohort of innovative and influential leaders from various sectors to engage with and advance systemic solutions for health equity.
Radhika has over 20 years of experience in developing policies, programs, and issue-based advocacy campaigns. Radhika previously directed the policy and government affairs agenda for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is responsible for providing 24/7 water, wastewater, and municipal power services to 2.6 million Bay Area residents. She also served as the Federal Policy Director at PolicyLink, where she coordinated the organization’s policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including infrastructure investment, transportation, sustainable communities, economic inclusion, and workforce development. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley where she was a HUD Community Development Fellow.
Scott Berry is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the US Water Alliance. He leads the Alliance's engagement on policy issues out of their Washington DC office. Previously, he was Director of the Utility Infrastructure Division, Environment, and Trade at the Associated General Contractors of America. There he spent 9 years as their head lobbyist on water infrastructure and water policy issues and member services lead for water, sewer, power, telecom, and underground construction. He has served on the Water Infrastructure Network, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition, the Common Ground Alliance, and the Waters Advocacy Coalition.
Megan Demit is a Program Associate at the US Water Alliance. She supports a range of programs and initiatives for the Alliance, including An Equitable Water Future, the Value of Water Campaign, and the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems. Megan is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where she earned a degree in sociology. An East Coast native, she moved to San Francisco last year and has enjoyed exploring the Bay Area.
Abigail Gardner serves as the Communications Director for the Value of Water Campaign and the US Water Alliance. She handles press requests and media relations on behalf of the Campaign and the Alliance.
For more than a decade, Abigail has worked with communications and media at the intersection of politics, campaigns, and advocacy. Prior to her work with Value of Water and the Alliance, Abigail was a Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker, where she served as a communications consultant for several political candidates, issue advocacy campaigns, and clients in need of crisis-management. During her time at SKDK, she developed a specialty in the transportation and infrastructure space. She also served in the official office of Congressman Dan Maffei (D-NY) and Governor Eliot Spitzer and worked on several political campaigns before joining SKDKnickerbocker. Abigail is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a city famous for its three rivers.
Madison Heuston is a Communications Associate for the US Water Alliance, where she assists with media relations and leads social and digital media outreach.
Before joining the Alliance, she interned in the Washington, DC office of public affairs firm SKDKnickerbocker. During college, she completed internships with Brooklyn-based music and lyrics website Genius and PPG Industries' government affairs team in Pittsburgh. A native Pittsburgher, Madison graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a degree in political science and economics.
Denise Lin is a Program Associate at the US Water Alliance. In her role, she contributes to a wide range of policy and program initiatives, works closely with Alliance members, and provides support for the CEO. Before joining the Alliance, Denise led program development and employee engagement for sustainability initiatives at the San Mateo County Community College District. She also conducted research in global health in Taipei, Taiwan and drove biodiversity management research in Los Angeles. Denise has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. In her free time, Denise hunts for new podcasts to listen to and visits museums.
Danielle Mayorga is a Program Manager overseeing a range of initiatives at the US Water Alliance. Danielle is primarily responsible for implementing the three-year strategic roadmap for the Value of Water Campaign, an industry initative dedicated to building public and political will for water infrastructure investment. In addition, she coordinates projects such as the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems and An Equitable Water Future.
Danielle joins the Alliance after serving three years as a Policy Analyst at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where she helped advance the agency’s legislative agenda at the local, state and federal levels, and supported strategic policy development on issues such as capital infrastructure programs, rate setting, and community and economic benefits. Prior to entering the water sector, Danielle worked on education policy. Danielle has Bachelor's degrees in Communication and Language, Culture & Society from University of California, Santa Barbara. In her spare time, she enjoys running along San Francisco’s many waterfronts.
Tom Owens is a Program Director at the US Water Alliance based in San Francisco and focused on supporting and growing the work of the One Water Council and the One Water Hub. Prior to the US Water Alliance, Tom was a Program Associate at the Pisces Foundation helping to develop holistic grantmaking strategies on One Water in the United States. He has worked on a number of environmental campaigns and for organizations including Avaaz.org, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Energy Action Coalition, Alliance for Climate Protection as well as working in partnership with many others. He is one of the many proud co-founders of Powershift, a national environmental conference that has trained over 40,000 young people to be effective environmental advocates and change agents in their communities. Tom has a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His Masters research focused on solar and wind energy development in Northeastern Brazil. When not at work, you can find him on a backcountry trail or tending to his struggling vegetable garden.
Zoë Roller is a Program Manager at the US Water Alliance. She is primarily focused on An Equitable Water Future, an initiative exploring the intersection of water management and disadvantaged communities.
Zoë’s background is in international development and city planning. She spent three years managing community development projects in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, addressing issues that included food security, environmental justice, violence reduction, public health, and education. Zoë worked with the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence as a USAID Global Development Fellow, creating a sustainable water management plan for a slum in Delhi. She holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. When she is not thinking about water infrastructure, Zoë enjoys boxing and reading science fiction.
Emily Simonson is a Program Manager at the US Water Alliance. She is primarily responsible for coordinating and implementing the Value of Water Campaign, an initiative focused on building the public and political will to realize the many benefits and opportunities of investing in our nation's infrastructure while mitigating the incredible challenges all of us will face if we fail to act. Emily became passionate about the role water plays in our lives while working in Ghana for the community development nonprofit, Global Brigades. She was responsible for mobilizing hundreds of students to build rainwater harvesters and deliver hygiene education workshops in rural communities lacking access to piped water and sanitation services. She graduated from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University with Masters degrees in Public Administration and International Relations after a brief stint as an intern with the United Nations in Switzerland. Before coming to the US Water Alliance, Emily spent two years at EPA as an ORISE Fellow with the Urban Waters Program where she took on conference planning, strategic communications, and initiatives to increase government's ability to provide an integrated approach when working side by side with communities to restore their waterways and promote economic and social prosperity. Off the clock, Emily will use any excuse to get outside and especially likes frisbee, biking, paddling, and hiking with friends.
Suzi Warren is a Program Associate for the US Water Alliance. She supports the One Water Hub initiative and special projects for the Alliance.
Previously, Suzi worked at the U.S. Green Building Council managing local membership and volunteer programs. She has a background in sustainability and green buildings with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is passionate about environmental conservation and moving the industry towards a one water future. Suzi hails from the great state of Colorado and enjoys long runs along the National Mall.