Chanté Coleman, Director
As the Director for the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Chanté leads the Coalition’s work to protect the Chesapeake Bay by bringing together 200+ organizations in the watershed, which includes Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, New York, and the District of Columbia. Chanté focuses on planning and development of grassroots/grasstops outreach, political strategy, federal policy and analysis, lobbying, media outreach, organizing conferences and workshops, research, writing and fundraising.
Chanté attended California Western School of Law where she graduated Cum Laude and completed a one year internship in the legal clinic at San Diego Coastkeeper focusing on public health harms; the Clean Water Act/water pollution (specifically TMDLs); threats to species in San Diego (specifically lobster); expanding enforcement in marine protected areas; and water recycling/drought initiatives. Chanté has her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Princeton University.
Chanté completed an intensive biology course focused on coral reefs at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. She also studied International Environmental Law at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago, Chile.
Growing up in San Diego, Chanté's passion for clean water started at a very young age. She learned to swim before she could walk; she began surfing at age twelve; and she became a certified scuba diver a few years after that. She has been scuba diving in many interesting places all over the world including Jamaica, Bermuda, and Easter Island.
Kristin Reilly, Senior Communications Manager
As the Communications Manager for the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Kristin focuses on both internal and external communications strategies. Her work involves coordinating messaging of the over 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 the communications professionals in the Bay watershed to collaborate on strategic communications work.
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
Mariah Davis, a native to Virginia has always had a deep affection for the Chesapeake Bay and protecting our natural resources. She comes to the Coalition from Virginia Conservation Network (VCN), the Virginia Affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation. While working as the Conservation Organizer for VCN, Mariah has driven strategic action at the state and federal level to defend regulatory rollbacks under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule and Clean Power Plan. Throughout her time in Virginia she has lead and executed clean water and climate action strategies to engage elected officials on the importance of protecting and sustaining programs most viable to the Chesapeake Bay. While supporting the state lead role work for the Coalition in Virginia, Mariah strives to promote environmental justice to ensure overburdened communities share equitably in the benefits of clean water.
Prior to her experience at VCN, Mariah engaged with stakeholders in Virginia to advance energy efficiency, stormwater best management practices, and superfund waste site consulting. In 2013, she received her 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.
Mary Katherine Sullivan, Communications Intern
As a communications intern for Choose Clean Water, Mary Katherine keeps our organization’s social media accounts up to speed and focused. By cultivating tweets that keep things vibrant and Facebook posts that inform our Coalition members of recent news, she is able to make the environment interesting for everyone.
Choose Clean Water has helped her step into the professional world, providing an opportunity to learn about nonprofit communications and teamwork. After high school, Mary Katherine completed her Associate’s Degree and is currently completing her Bachelors of Communications at University of Maryland University College. Mary Katherine plans to work in nonprofit communications in the future. Her other passions include hiking and exploring, weight lifting, doing art – and of course, studying the environment.