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Clean Water for North Carolina is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Upcoming Events

June 29, 12-3 PM Bishop Barber & The Poor People’s Campaign Stand Against Environmental Injustices in Northampton County! For more info, view the flier HERE

Ongoing — Help Robie and Dwayne Goins fight the ACP! Consider supporting the Goins brothers by sending a check to Clean Water for NC at 1070 Tunnel Rd., Bldg. 1, Ste. 4, Asheville, NC 28805. Please include “Robeson Support Fund” in the memo line.

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Who we are


Hope Taylor

Hope Taylor, Executive Director, Durham and Asheville Offices
(919) 401-9600 –

After a 25 year research career in physical biochemistry at National Institutes of Health and Duke University, Hope completed an MSPH degree at UNC School of Public Health, then began providing technical assistance to communities at Superfund sites. She became Executive Director of Clean Water for North Carolina, a science based Environmental Justice organization, in 1999. She has worked on issues ranging from water and sewer privatization to protection of well users, to preventing hydraulic fracturing and unneeded, damaging oil and gas infrastructure.  A member of EPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council from 2009 to 2012, Hope has focused on rural safe drinking water issues.  She is also a dairy goat farmer and works to deepen CWFNC ties with rural communities across the state to protect our surface and ground water.

Belinda Joyner, Northeastern Organizer, Garysburg, grew up in Northampton County and has worked as a teacher’s assistant specializing in reading skills. She has been involved in numerous local environmental struggles and has been an effective organizer against threats including a liquid fertilizer plant, a hazardous waste incinerator and a private prison, with a strong history of grassroots fundraising for diverse causes.

Rachel VelezRachel Velez, Environmental Justice Organizer/Communications Manager, Durham Office
(919) 401-9600 –

Rachel holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Development Practice from the University of Florida, where she specialized in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene program evaluation. Having spent much of her early adult life abroad, Rachel has worked on numerous global health and education initiatives in resource poor regions, specifically focused on water access and affordability. Rachel will be using her combined experiences in research, on-the-ground action, and project evaluation to contribute to CWFNC’s effective outreach and communication strategies.

Amanda Strawderman,  Program Coordinator/Office Manager, Asheville Office
(828) 251-1291 –

Amanda’s roots are firmly set in the Appalachian Mountains through her heritage and love of the land and people. She became involved in environmental advocacy when she learned how the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining was threatening mountain communities and ecosystems. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Science and Environmental Studies from James Madison University in 2008 and a Master of Science degree in Sustainability Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville in 2018. Having been a long-time volunteer at various environmental and social justice non-profit organizations, she is pleased to join the staff at Clean Water for North Carolina to take part in the effort to promote clean, safe water for the people of North Carolina.

Xelba Gutierrez,  Energy and Environmental Justice Organizer/Researcher, Asheville Office
(828) 251-1291 –

Xelba was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and spent her formative years in Santiago, Chile and Miami, Florida, later moving to Philadelphia where she earned a master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Justice from UPenn. It was here Xelba became increasingly involved in organizing for social justice and community empowerment, including food sovereignty, environmental health, and immigrant justice work. In 2016, she co-founded March on Harrisburg, and became its first Outreach Coordinator and Eastern PA Organizer. She brings a wide range of skills to help support frontline communities and is excited to participate on collaborative movement building here in NC!

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Board of Directors

Nydia Morales, Matthews, North Carolina; Chair
Anita Simha, Cary, North Carolina; Vice Chair
Nathanette Mayo, Shiloh, North Carolina
Marshall Tyler, Oriental, North Carolina; Treasurer
Tina Motley-Pearson, Durham, North Carolina
Beth Jezek, Asheville, North Carolina, Secretary

CWFNC Board & staff spring 2017

Back row: Staff: Hope Taylor, Katie Hicks, Xavier Boatright. Board members: Nathanette Mayo, Marshall Tyler, Andrea Emanuel, Robert Hamilton, Steve Gurley. Front row: Nydia Morales, Tina Motley-Pearson.