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Sandra Postel

Sandra Postel

Sandra Postel is director of the Global Water Policy Project in Amherst, Massachusetts, and visiting senior lecturer in environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College. From 1988 until 1994, she served as vice president for research at the Worldwatch Institute, a non-profit research organization with which she remains affiliated as Senior Fellow. In 2002, she was named one of the “Scientific American 50,” by Scientific American magazine, a new award recognizing contributions to science and technology. Postel’s work is dedicated to the preservation and sustainable use of Earth’s fresh water ecosystems. A leading authority on international water issues, Postel is author of Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and of Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity. Last Oasis appears in eight languages and was the basis for a PBS documentary that aired in 1997. She is also co-author with Brian Richter of Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature (Island Press 2003), which calls for new approaches to harmonizing human and ecosystem needs for fresh water. Postel is an advisor to the Division on Earth and Life Studies of the U.S. National Research Council, and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Water Resources Association. She received a B.A. (summa cum laude) in geology and political science at Wittenberg University, an M.E.M. with emphasis on resource economics and policy at Duke University, and an honorary Doctor of Science from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has been awarded the Duke University School of Environment's Distinguished Alumni Award, a Pew Scholars Award in Conservation and the Environment, and a lifetime chair with the International Water Academy in Oslo, Norway.

Tina Clarke

Tina Clarke

Tina Clarke is the campaign director for Massachusetts Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund. Clean Water Action (CWA) is a national citizens' organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work. With offices in 22 states, CWA goes door-to-door, reaching two million people a year. CWA builds coalitions and leads grassroots campaigns to reduce toxic pollution and help our economy make a transition to safer, cleaner technologies and products. By focusing on the health impacts of pollution, CWA builds broad-based coalitions that include labor unions, business leaders, medical professionals, parents, teachers, community organizations, environmental justice organizations in communities of color, and other diverse sectors of society who are not normally active in “environmental” causes. Tina has been an activist, consultant, trainer, and director of nonprofit programs since 1985. Prior to joining Clean Water Action in 2001, she assisted over 140 organizations in strategic planning, program development, fundraising, public education, coalition building, and staff development. For seven years she worked in Washington, D.C., directing national advocacy training programs on a range of public policy issues. She led a citizen training project that included 17 national faith communities, and later she directed Greenpeace USA's citizen mobilization network. She has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she studied American politics, economics, non-profit management, and U.S. foreign policy. She earned her B.A. at Macalester College.

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