Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Laurel Firestone

Co-Executive Director, Co-Founder, & Attorney at Law



Laurel Firestone co-founded and co-directs the Community Water Center (CWC).

Laurel previously served as the Director of the Rural Poverty Water Project at the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment in Delano, California, under a 2004-06 Equal Justice Works Fellowship.  Laurel was awarded the Gary Bellow Public Service Award by the Harvard Law School in 2013, awarded to one alumnus and one student each year. In 2010, she and her Co-Executive Director, Susana De Anda, were co-awarded the Carla Bard Advocacy Award from Public Officials for Water and Environmental Reform (POWER), awarded to one water advocate in California each year. In January 2016, she was listed as one of nine most influential people in California water policy by Environment & Energy PublishingIn 2009, she authored the comprehensive Guide to Community Drinking Water Advocacy.

She also served on the Tulare County Water Commission from 2007-2012, and Co-Chaired the Governor's Drinking Water Stakeholder Group. Laurel graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Environmental Studies from Brown University. 


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