Who We Are
The Coalition is made up of member organizations of all shapes and sizes that hail from all corners of the nation, and governed by a Steering Committee composed of the following member organizations:
Water and Power Law Group, PC
Berkeley , California
Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director, American Whitewater
Tom is an aquatic ecologist representing the whitewater paddling community in connecting the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to protect and restore rivers. Over the past 25 years he has served in a leadership capacity in dozens of successful campaigns to restore instream flows to rivers impacted by hydropower and remove dams where environmental and social justice impacts outweigh benefits of hydropower. Tom serves as the National Co-Chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition, where he leads policy efforts and provides strategic guidance on Coalition operations in collaboration with Kelly Catlett. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University before completing his graduate work in aquatic ecology at the University of Wisconsin where he received his PhD. He served as research coordinator and instructor for the river ecology group at the University of Washington before joining American Whitewater.
Hydropower Reform Program Director, American Rivers
Kelly leads American Rivers’ work on reforming laws and policies around hydropower to improve the health of rivers nationwide. She has 20 years of experience working in both hydropower licensing and hydropower policy and has served as both staff and a Steering Committee member of the Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC). Kelly enjoys providing advice and strategic guidance to HRC members and other activists working to protect rivers in their regions. Along with co-chair Thomas O’Keefe, she is responsible for leading the HRC’s policy work and providing strategic guidance on the coalition’s operation. Kelly served as the Associate Western States Director for the HRC from 2016 to 2021. Prior to working for the HRC, Kelly was the Government Relations Consultant to the California Hydropower Reform Coalition, and she spent nearly a decade as the Hydropower Reform Policy Advocate for Friends of the River where she is proud to have campaigned for Klamath dam removal alongside the Yurok and Karuk Tribes.
Northwest Region Associate Director, American Rivers
Bridget leads American Rivers’ hydropower reform work in the Northwest and is actively engaged in the development and implementation of numerous project licenses. Joining the HRC leadership as PNW Caucus Chair in 2023, Bridget works with local and national HRC members to advise on hydropower licensing processes and policy issues. Outside of work, Bridget can be found mountain biking, surfing, skiing, hiking, bird watching, and fishing. She also enjoys waxing romantic about her home waters, and occasionally contributes to publications like Outside Magazine and The Flyfish Journal.
California Stewardship Director, American Whitewater
Theresa has over a decade of river advocacy and licensing experience. She helped secure recreational flows, protected river access, and advocated for river protections on several rivers throughout central California and the Sierra Nevadas including the South Fork American River, Slab Creek, South Silver Creek, Mokelumne River, Cosumnes River, and San Joaquin River. As the Chair of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition, Theresa provides leadership and coordinates action on regional policy priorities.
Director of Conservation Policy Engagement, Appalachian Mountain Club
As AMC’s Director of Conservation Policy Engagement, Mark works to advance priority federal and state conservation issues, including land conservation funding, river and watershed protection, as well as access to public lands. Mark is an avid outdoor enthusiast, primarily as a whitewater paddler and telemark skier, based in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania. As the Eastern Chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition, Mark leads on regional hydropower policy issues in the eastern United States, in partnership with Coalition members, while also engaging in state policy issues and hydropower project licensing proceedings.
Associate National Director
Colleen manages the Hydropower Reform Coalition, including coordinating coalition members and leading outreach, communications, and equity initiatives. She liaises with other NGO partners and federal resource agencies, and works closely with the Chairs and Steering Committee on policy advocacy. Colleen joined the HRC in 2019 after an early career in international development. She has a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College and a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Associate Director of Hydropower Reform
Andrew came on board with the Hydropower Reform Coalition team in 2023 after 17 years working on flood control in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Located in Massachusetts, he works with HRC’s Eastern Caucus and Steering Committee on building Coalition capacity, activity and training opportunities. The focus will be on the Northeast, helping to gird Coalition members there for the huge wave of FERC relicensing activity that the region will see in the next decade. He is looking forward to working directly with Coalition members to gain an understanding of their projects and plans for engaging FERC on hydropower. Andrew has a B.A. from Fresno State in Physical Geography and a M.S. from UC Berkeley in Energy & Resources.