Chanté Coleman, Director
Chanté is the director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition at the National Wildlife Federation. Chanté advances the Coalition’s work to protect the Chesapeake Bay by leading the coordination of and fostering collaboration between more than 230 member organizations across the watershed spanning six states and the District of Columbia. By working to create a collective advocacy voice for the watershed, Chanté leads the community in achieving water policy wins. Chanté joined the Choose Clean Water team in 2015, previously serving as the Coalition’s field director and deputy director. Chanté is also a national leader on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ). She co-leads the National Wildlife Federation’s DEIJ Steering Committee and works to ensure the Chesapeake clean water movement engages a larger and more inclusive cross-section of the public.
Chanté attended California Western School of Law where she graduated Cum Laude and started her career in clean water advocacy at the legal clinic at San Diego Coastkeeper. Chanté has her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Princeton University.
As a believer in self-care, she regularly practices yoga and meditation.
Kristin Reilly, Communications Director
As the Communications Director for the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Kristin focuses on both internal and external communications strategies. Her work involves coordinating messaging of the more than 200+ Coalition member organizations around legislative threats, the Coalition’s priorities, and upcoming events. She also manages the communications workgroup for the Coalition, which brings together communications professionals in the Bay watershed to collaborate on strategic communications work.
Kristin is the lead for planning, fundraising for, and executing the Choose Clean Water Conference, an annual event that brings together more than 300 nonprofit organizations, elected and government officials, businesses, and members of the public to discuss the progress being made to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams.
Kristin comes to the Coalition from Oceana, where she worked on their digital communications, advocacy, and marketing strategy. She was responsible for coordinating the social media presence and strategy across eight offices around the world to ensure consistent messaging and branding as an organization. Kristin also worked for the Chesapeake Bay Trust, focusing her time on development outreach, marketing initiatives, in-house design, and managing social media outlets. She also has experience working with the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Izaak Walton League of America.
Kristin earned her master's degree in Public Communications from American University in 2013, focusing her studies on social marketing and behavior change. She received her bachelor's degree in Geography and Political Science from Miami University, with a focus on environmental studies. Her thesis was on the Clean Water Act and the state of the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort.
Mariah Davis, Field Manager
As the Field Manager of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Mariah manages outreach, grassroots advocacy, and civic engagement efforts to support the Coalition's policy priorities. Mariah coordinates conservation organizations efforts in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. This includes working with conservation organizations at the local, state and regional level to enact sound state policies to ensure progress in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort.
Mariah is a Virginia native and has always had a deep affection for civic engagement. Prior to her experience at the Coalition, she drove strategic action at the state and federal level to defend regulatory rollbacks under the EPA’s Clean Water Rule and Clean Power Plan. She played an active role in the formation of Virginia’s newly formed Advisory Council on Environmental Justice and engaged regularly with elected officials to combat injustices facing marginalized communities. Mariah holds a bachelor of science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Environmental Studies.
Peter Marx, Federal Affairs Contractor
Peter is a contractor who assists the Coalition with Federal affairs, working with both Congress and the Administration. Peter spent more than 20 years at EPA, in both the Chesapeake Bay Program Office and at EPA Headquarters in Washington.
Peter was a staff member on the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries in the U.S. House of Representatives for four years, and helped author several pieces of coastal legislation that became law. He also spent a few years at the Northeast-Midwest Institute in Washington, D.C. working with Congress on regional ecosystem issues, including the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Peter earned a master's degree in Geography and Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
Peter lives on Broad Creek, a tributary to the South River and Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, MD, and also has a cabin on Batavia Kill near Denver, New York, in the Delaware River watershed. He fishes in both places as often as he can.
Taylor Montford, Communications Intern
Taylor is our newest Intern here at the Coalition. Taylor is a Senior at Towson University, majoring in Mass Communications specifically the Journalism and New Media track. While in college, she realized her passion for story-telling. Since a very young age, Taylor has always had a deep connection to nature and all that inhabit it. As a young student, Taylor enjoyed outdoor educational trips to the Chesapeake Bay and participating in tree planting events throughout Maryland.
She enjoys fishing, painting, photography, clean-ups, traveling, hiking, hoop dance and gaming. Taylor dedicates her time managing our social media platforms, communicates to the public and our members internally and externally and writes blogs on important environmental topics.