Meeting of the Minds Speaker

Colin Bailey

Executive Director and Managing Attorney

The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

An accomplished social justice attorney, Colin supports EJCW’s policy agenda, programs, and grassroots member organizations.

Building upon California’s historic adoption of the Human Right to Water policy in 2012, EJCW supports the grassroots effort to implement and enforce this mandate statewide.

Colin serves on several advisory committees for various State agencies and academic institutions. Colin received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, with a certificate from the Public Interest Law and Policy Program and the Critical Race Studies Program.

As a legal aid attorney, Colin served as lead counsel for a community coalition that, in 2012, after a five-year campaign, defeated a proposal to construct an underground natural gas storage facility that threatened to cause massive explosion and fire and contaminate the groundwater in a low-income community of color in south Sacramento.

He was appointed to the California Air Resources Board’s AB32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and the Department of Water Resources’ California Water Plan Update 2018 Policy Advisory Committee. Before that, Colin served on the California Water Commission’s Water Storage Investment Program Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the Department of Water Resources’ Proposition 1 Integrated Regional Water Management Community Stakeholder Engagement Advisory Committee, the Environmental Justice/Disadvantaged Community Advisory Group for the California State Water Plan 2013 Update, and more.