The US Water Alliance staff draws on cross-sector experience from diverse disciplines to advance a one water future.
Radhika Fox is the Chief Executive Officer of the US Water Alliance, a national nonprofit organization advancing policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. The Alliance educates the nation on the value of water, accelerates the adoption of one water policies and programs, and celebrates innovation in water management. Alliance membership includes water providers, public officials, business leaders, environmental organizations, community leaders, policy organizations, and more. The Alliance also coordinates the Value of Water Campaign, a national campaign driven by leadership across the water sector, dedicated to raising awareness about the nation’s aging water infrastructure. In her roles as CEO of the Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign, Radhika is a sought-after expert for media covering water issues.
In addition to her leadership at the US Water Alliance, Radhika serves on the board of PolicyLink, a national non-profit focused on creating sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. She also currently serves as a Health Equity Fellow at PolicyLink, as a part of a cohort of innovative and influential leaders from various sectors to engage with and advance systemic solutions for health equity.
Radhika has over 20 years of experience in developing policies, programs, and issue-based advocacy campaigns. Radhika previously directed the policy and government affairs agenda for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which is responsible for providing 24/7 water, wastewater, and municipal power services to 2.6 million Bay Area residents. She also served as the Federal Policy Director at PolicyLink, where she coordinated the organization’s policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including infrastructure investment, transportation, sustainable communities, economic inclusion, and workforce development. She holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley where she was a HUD Community Development Fellow.
Scott Berry is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the US Water Alliance. He leads the Alliance's engagement on policy issues out of their Washington DC office. Previously, he was Director of the Utility Infrastructure Division, Environment, and Trade at the Associated General Contractors of America. There he spent 9 years as their head lobbyist on water infrastructure and water policy issues and member services lead for water, sewer, power, telecom, and underground construction. He has served on the Water Infrastructure Network, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition, the Common Ground Alliance, and the Waters Advocacy Coalition.
Megan Demit is a Program Associate at the US Water Alliance. She works on a number of Alliance programs, including Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture, the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems, and An Equitable Water Future. Megan also provides support for fund development, operations, and communications. Megan is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where she studied sociology and studio art. An East Coast native, she moved to San Francisco last year and enjoys teaching yoga and riding her bike through SF's many hills.
Abigail Gardner serves as the Communications Director for the Value of Water Campaign and the US Water Alliance. She handles press requests and media relations on behalf of the Campaign and the Alliance.
For more than a decade, Abigail has worked with communications and media at the intersection of politics, campaigns, and advocacy. Prior to her work with Value of Water and the Alliance, Abigail was a Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker, where she served as a communications consultant for several political candidates, issue advocacy campaigns, and clients in need of crisis-management. During her time at SKDK, she developed a specialty in the transportation and infrastructure space. She also served in the official office of Congressman Dan Maffei (D-NY) and Governor Eliot Spitzer and worked on several political campaigns before joining SKDKnickerbocker. Abigail is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a city famous for its three rivers.
Peter Kim is the Senior Manager for Finance and Operations at the US Water Alliance. He works closely with the CEO and Controller to manage annual budgeting and planning, create monthly and annual financial statements, and manage all financial, project, and grants accounting, as well as the annual audit process. He also manages HR, Board meetings, staff development, technology, and third-party vendors and consultants.
He has over 20 years of experience in communications, client management, event planning, and community outreach at nonprofit organizations in the SF Bay Area including ChangeLab Solutions, Strozzi Institute, PolicyLink, Rockwood Leadership Institute, and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. Peter has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pomona College and can often be found at Oakland A’s games with his two daughters.
Kip Peterson is the Director of Public Affairs for the US Water Alliance. He has almost two decades of communications, government relations, and public policy experience at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to joining the Alliance, Kip was the Communications Director for KC Water where he built a Communications Division responsible for the utility’s external and internal communications, media relations, digital presence, marketing and branding, and Voice of the Customer program. Prior to joining KC Water, Kip was the Director of Government Relations and Communications for the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing and coordinating board for the state’s public higher education system. He has also served as a Legislative Assistant to a Kansas Congressman in Washington, DC, handling transportation and infrastructure policy issues, and as a Chief of Staff to a Kansas Lieutenant Governor and as an Aide to a Kansas Governor. Kip earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and History from Bethany College, a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and he completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.
Zoë Roller is a Program Manager at the US Water Alliance. She is primarily focused on An Equitable Water Future, an initiative exploring the intersection of water management and disadvantaged communities.
Zoë’s background is in international development and city planning. She spent three years managing community development projects in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, addressing issues that included food security, environmental justice, violence reduction, public health, and education. Zoë worked with the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence as a USAID Global Development Fellow, creating a sustainable water management plan for a slum in Delhi. She holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. When she is not thinking about water infrastructure, Zoë enjoys boxing and reading science fiction.
Brett Scruton is a Communications Associate for the US Water Alliance. He works closely with the Communication Director on social media initiatives for the Alliance and Value of Water Campaign as well as site logistics for the One Water Summit. Born and raised in Alaska, Brett has also called Oregon, and now Pennsylvania, home. He holds a Master's in Public & International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor's in Politics from Willamette University. Prior to his time with the Alliance, Brett worked in news writing and political research.
Emily Simonson is a Program Manager at the US Water Alliance. She is primarily responsible for coordinating and implementing the Value of Water Campaign, an initiative focused on building the public and political will to realize the many benefits and opportunities of investing in our nation's infrastructure while mitigating the incredible challenges all of us will face if we fail to act. Emily became passionate about the role water plays in our lives while working in Ghana for the community development nonprofit, Global Brigades. She was responsible for mobilizing hundreds of students to build rainwater harvesters and deliver hygiene education workshops in rural communities lacking access to piped water and sanitation services. She graduated from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University with Masters degrees in Public Administration and International Relations after a brief stint as an intern with the United Nations in Switzerland. Before coming to the US Water Alliance, Emily spent two years at EPA as an ORISE Fellow with the Urban Waters Program where she took on conference planning, strategic communications, and initiatives to increase government's ability to provide an integrated approach when working side by side with communities to restore their waterways and promote economic and social prosperity. Off the clock, Emily will use any excuse to get outside and especially likes frisbee, biking, paddling, and hiking with friends.