José Aranda is a water and communications professional working toward protecting Mother Earth and cultivating a deeper relationship with Water.*
As Water Hub’s Relationships Manager, he advances water equity through the Color of Water initiative, which aims to give voice and visibility to Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islanders, people of color, and LGBTQ2S+ voices often overlooked in mainstream media.
Resourceful, from flying drones in the rainforest to dancing salsa with donors, José brings over a decade of experience in water and communications. Prior to joining the Water Hub, José served as Water Program Associate at the Pisces Foundation where he supported the strategic development of a national program focused on advancing a more holistic, equitable, and sustainable approach to water management. José also served as Researcher for the US Water Alliance’s Water Equity Taskforce and previously as Water Fund Coordinator for the El Triunfo Conservation Fund in Mexico.
Before joining the water and climate movement, José worked as a freelance journalist, photographer, and filmmaker for national and international outlets. José has an M.Sc. in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He grew up in Toluca and spent his summers in Chiapas. He enjoys spending time outside, swimming, drumming and singing.
* In order to recognize the sacred living nature inhabited by “water,” the term Water is capitalized when referring to the life-giving consciousness and spirit of water.