Kristin Reilly, Director
Born and raised in Maryland, Kristin’s passion for clean water started at an early age when she saw the bay for the first time during a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). Through her volunteer work and educational pursuits, her passion for the environment only grew and helped to frame her current personal and professional goals.
As director, Kristin strategically advances the Coalition’s work to restore and protect local rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay by leading the coordination of more than 230 member organizations across the watershed. By working to create a collective voice for the watershed, Kristin helps to build the communications and advocacy capacity of Coalition members to create change. Kristin joined the Choose Clean Water Coalition in 2016, previously serving as the Coalition’s communications director.
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.