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
Thomas O’Keefe, Ph.D.
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 Chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition, where he leads policy efforts and provides strategic guidance on Coalition operations. 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.
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.
Executive Director and Conservation Director Emeritus, Idaho Rivers United
Kevin has been involved in hydropower issues for the last 25 years as a volunteer advocate, nonprofit staffer, and contractor. Kevin was involved in relicensing on California’s Pit and North Fork Feather rivers before moving to Idaho in 2004 to manage the conservation program for Idaho Rivers United. During his time in Idaho, Kevin has been involved in a number of relicensings as well as defeating a proposed hydropower dam that would have devastated critical habitat and flooded a popular local recreational area.
Resilient Rivers Director, Friends of the River
Ashley serves as Friends of the River’s Resilient Rivers Director, where she advocates for water policies that protect rivers and advance sustainable water alternatives with a particular focus on dam reoperation and removal, climate resilient water solutions, increasing stream flows, and engaging on specific water projects and legislative priorities. As the California Chair of the Hydropower Reform Coalition, Ashley works with the Western States Director to advise on state policy issues as they intersect the Coalition’s goals and priorities and engages in hydropower project licensing proceedings. Prior to joining Friends of the River, she was the Policy Manager for the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and lead representative in the relicensing processes on projects in the Yuba and Bear River watersheds. Ashley holds a B.A. in history and literature from the University of California Santa Cruz, a J.D. from the UC Hastings College of the Law, and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from the University of London, SOAS.
Associate National Director
Colleen coordinates coalition members around national issues, and works with eastern members on regional issues. She serves as the liaison with other NGO partners and federal resource agencies, and facilitates education on hydro issues for Congress. 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.