After three years of advocating for safe, affordable drinking water for rural communities, CWC’s Senior Policy Analyst Omar Carrillo has moved on to an exciting new position with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. Omar joined the Community Water Center in 2012 and played a pivotal role in advancing the human right to water through CWC's legislative and administrative advocacy. Omar helped establish CWC’s Sacramento presence and build relationships at the Capitol by working in partnership with community stakeholders and a diverse coalition of water advocates to support legislation and other local, regional, and statewide efforts to address the issues of contaminated drinking water, groundwater protection, and historical and present day disinvestment that face low-income communities. He also led efforts to reform adversarial local and state level water policies and programs through grassroots advocacy, media, coalition building, and state and federal legislation.
Through his work in Sacramento, Omar helped bridge CWC’s on-the-ground organizing work and the needs of small communities to policy actions at the State Water Board, State Legislature, and Governor’s Office. He will continue his passion for creating equity in disenfranchised communities in his new role as Government Affairs Manager for the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation.
While CWC will miss him, we are confident that Omar will continue to advance statewide and local efforts to improve opportunities for rural, disenfranchised, and tribal communities.