Johnathan Berard

Regional Network: 
New England Regional Network
Class Year: 
2017
Position: 
Rhode Island State Director
Organization: 
Clean Water Action
Location: 
Lincoln, RI

John has served as the Rhode Island State Director at Clean Water Action since February 2016, where he oversees both the advocacy efforts on a number of issue campaigns (green infrastructure/stormwater, environmental justice, trash and litter, and toxics/chemicals) as well as elections work. He is a community organizer and policy analyst with a background in water resource management, waste issues, environmental justice, sustainable development, and collaborative governance. Before coming to CWA, he was the policy director at Blue Water Baltimore in Maryland where he worked on local and state issues regarding water quality, MS4 compliance, and trash pollution. He also has significant expertise in communications, particularly message development, marketing, and graphic design.

John has a Master of Public Policy from The George Washington University with a concentration in urban and environmental policy and holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in history and political science with a minor in marine affairs. He is also an avid musician, canoeist, hockey player, homebrewer, and woodworker, in descending order of aptitude.