1315 Walnut Street | Suite 1650
Philadelphia | Pennsylvania 19107
Brooks Mountcastle, Eastern Pennsylvania Director
Brooks Mountcastle joined the Philadelphia office in March as the Eastern Pennsylvania Director. Most recently he worked as a consultant to the Pew Environment Group. Prior to that he held organizer positions for Food & Water Watch, Marine Fish Conservation Network, and was the Harrisburg Director for Clean Air Council. He has over 20 years of experience in state and national campaigns on air pollution, energy, and ocean conservation. He holds a Master of Studies Degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In addition to his passion for the environment, he enjoys music, running, biking, and all things wild (especially birds).
Cord Briggs, Field Canvass Director
Cord Briggs was born in Austin, Texas and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He attended the College of Wooster where he majored in Anthropology and Music. Strong experiences in the natural world as a farmer in Washington State and an Alaskan Fisherman solidified his desire to protect the natural world. Shunning an academic track after college he moved to DC in 2011 to pursue a career in environmentalism and quickly discovered the joys of canvassing. He has been working for Clean Water Action ever since as canvasser, trainer, and manager. After canvassing in five offices and working in eight states he took on the role of Canvass Director of the Philadelphia office in March 2013. Cord is a musician, writer, and outdoor enthusiast with a passion for organizing people to take action!
Sandi Pope, Office Manager
As a double major in sustainable urban development and sociology/anthropology at Messiah College, Sandi began her Clean Water Action career with an internship in Harrisburg under the direction of Nathan Sooy in 2014. She ended her summer in the Philadelphia office as a field canvasser, and, after the completion of her degrees in December 2014, she returned to Clean Water Action, transitioning into the position of office manager in March 2015.
Wherever social and environmental justice issues align, that's where Sandi wants to be. She wants to use her privilege to defend and empower the disadvantaged peoples of the world, especially women, indigenous groups and ethnic minorities. She has studied in Rwanda, hiked in Ecuador, travelled in Turkey and canoed in the Everglades. When she's not working, she enjoys good music, good coffee and good conversation.
100 Fifth Avenue | Suite 1108
Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | 15222
Myron Arnowitt, Pennsylvania State Director
Myron has served as Clean Water Action's PA State Director since 2007 and has worked as a community organizer for over 25 years for a variety of neighborhood, environmental, and social justice organizations in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Chester, PA. Myron’s accomplishments with CWA include passage of new air pollution compliance and air toxics rules, and getting strong state standards for oil and gas wastewater treatment. He has also helped residents with contaminated drinking water sources and worked with the PittsburghSchool District to reduce pesticide use. His work on fracking has appeared in national media outlets, including Fox News, the New York Times, and public radio’s This American Life. He currently is a member of PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Resources Advisory Committee. In addition to his Clean Water Action work, he serves locally on the board of the East End Food Co-op Federal Credit Union.
Steve Hvozdovich, Pennsylvania Campaigns Coordinator
Steve is a life long resident of Pittsburgh. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in History and a secondary concentration in Political Science. Steve joined Clean Water Action in 2008 and initially focused on our community organizing efforts in the Pittsburgh suburbs around air quality issues. In 2010, Steve shifted his focus to the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling issue. As the organizations point person on this issue, Steve has traveled all over Pennsylvania lobbying, organizing, and educating people on the potential dangers associated with this growing industry.
Maggie Brooks, Pittsburgh Field Canvass Director
Originally from the state of Indiana, Maggie moved to Pennsylvania in the summer of 2012 and spent 3 years managing and assistant directing in the Clean Water Action Philadelphia office. Since autumn of 2015 she has been directing the Pittsburgh field canvass- working on campaigns against fracking, pollution, and corporate greed. Maggie has a long history of social activism, and is also a proud Gold Award Girl Scout. She uses canvassing as a means to give a voice to the voiceless and to empower the disenfranchised. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys crosswords, painting, singing, and hiking Pennsylvania's wilderness.
Rory Coble, Pittsburgh Field Canvass Office Manager
Rory is a double threat, canvassing as a Crew Leader as well as Office Managing. When not downtown or in some residential neighborhood, Rory lives in the Upper Hill District (Sugertop to the locals) with his roommate and her cat Blue. Outside of work Rory enjoys himself some dancing as well as a variety of music. An avid outdoors-man since childhood, Rory translated that into a non-profit career with Clean Water Action after leaving a research position in New Castle PA. His favorite part of working with Clean Water Action is watching individuals become empowered through his actions. Either giving worried members of the public a stronger voice in government, or teaching fresh canvassers to be comfortable expressing themselves to strangers.
Kerem Gokmen, Phone Canvass Director
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Kerem started at Clean Water Action in January 2001 as a phone canvasser & has spent his entire career with the organization at the Pittsburgh office, taking on Canvass Director duties in the Fall of 2012. Over the years Kerem has organized members in the state on a variety of issues & campaigns, ranging from protecting the exceptional value streams, the pesticide notification act, right to know reports & fracking in recent years. Aside from Clean Water Action, Kerem has been on the airwaves of public radio station WYEP Pittsburgh since 1997, producing & hosting a weekly electronic broadcast called Dubmission.
Kathy Knorr, Office Manager and Phone Canvass Administrator
Kathie joined Clean Water Action in 1991 as the phone canvass office manager and administrator. Most likely she will be the first person you meet when you walk into the Pittsburgh office! Two of the things that keep her here are her love of working with people who share her passion for protecting the environment and the casual atmosphere. Her outside interests include gardening, watching the sunset, and attending her son Dylan's sporting events.
Cassi started her work for Clean Water Action in July of 2010 with the Providence field canvass. She was born, raised, and educated in Upstate New York, graduating from Syracuse University in 2006 with degrees in History and Political Science. Cassi works to educate and organize the citizens of Liberty and Clairton in the Mon Valley around air quality issues. When she's not working Cassi enjoys shopping, reading, traveling, and hanging out with her cat
Nathan Sooy, Central Pennsylvania Campaign Coordinator
Nathan Sooy has decades of experience in the techniques involved in getting the attention of political and economic power players. Sooy thinks that protecting our water, air, and families requires attention to the dynamics of political power as well as the technical details of environmental regulation. Nathan founded GAS TRUTH of Central PA which was created to educate, agitate, and organize to protect PA from Shale Gas drilling. Nathan has been a political and community organizer since 1977 and has led campaigns for social justice in Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.