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Upcoming Events

Now – June 27, Chapel Hill, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PMNathalie Worthington’s “Honoring Habitat” exhibit at NC Botanical Gardens

June 21Raleigh, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Statewide Clean Energy Action & Justice Day to call on NC legislators to support 100% clean, renewable energy & the suspension of new fossil fuel infrastructure, Halifax Mall, 300 North Salisbury St.

June 23 – DC, 10:00 AM, Poor People’s Campaign “Rally to Fight Poverty, Not the Poor” at the Capitol! Join to cap off the 40 Days of Action & to launch the next phase of this nationwide movement

Who we are

Staff – Board of Directors


Hope Taylor

Hope Taylor, Executive Director, Durham and Asheville Offices
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Hope joined the staff in August of 1999, after six years of teaching chemistry and biology in community colleges and universities in the Durham area, as well as providing technical assistance to communities at Superfund sites. During her 20 years of work as a basic biomedical researcher at the National Institutes of Health and Duke University, she remained active on environmental and social justice issues. Deciding to train for a career more connected to communities, she graduated with a Master of Science in Public Health in Environmental Chemistry and Biology from UNC-CH in 1993. Hope 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.


Xavier Boatright, Environmental Justice Organizer / Researcher, Asheville Office
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Xavier is originally from Manning, South Carolina and holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from Presbyterian College. A student athlete, Xavier spent four years as a defensive tackle/end on the Presbyterian football team, and then had the opportunity to spend time in the NFL with both the Washington Redskins and the Detroit Lions. While at Presbyterian, Xavier and other students participated in a onetime Civil Rights Maymester, walking in the footsteps of many civil rights leaders all throughout the south. He has spent six years doing outreach to underprivileged and emotionally challenged youth as a summer mentor and recruitment director. Most recently, Xavier has worked for UPS and in the Henderson County public schools. Xavier will use his combined experiences and skills as a researcher and organizer with CWFNC.

Belinda Joyner

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 Coordinator, Durham Office
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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
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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.

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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
Tina Motley-Pearson, Durham, North Carolina; Chair
Beth Jezek, Asheville, North Carolina

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.