As Deputy Director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Mariah manages outreach and grassroots advocacy efforts to support the Coalition’s policy priorities. Mariah coordinates conservation organizations efforts in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. She is responsible for ensuring that strong internal and external strategies continue to be developed and implemented to support the work of the Coalition and its more than 270-member organizations. This includes working with conservation organizations at the local, state and regional level to enact sound state policies to ensure progress in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort.
In an effort to grow and mobilize a more inclusive clean water movement, Mariah has a lead role in expanding partnerships and strategic relationships with diverse stakeholders. She manages collaborative partnerships with funders to identify gaps and opportunities to strengthen environmental justice initiatives in the region. She is a resource to Coalition members and partners who seek to enhance their advocacy and professional development skillsets.
Mariah is an active member in the Chesapeake community and serves as a Board Member of the Resilience Authority of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. She has a deep passion for civic engagement and played an active role in the formation of the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice. She is a founding Board Member of Annapolis Pride and chaired the city’s first Pride Parade and Festival. Mariah is a graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s Political Leadership Program. In 2020, she earned her master’s degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland. In 2013, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.