WHO IS WATER NOW

We started as water warriors bringing clean water access to indigenous lands and tribes. After clean water projects in California, Bali, Brazil, Costa Rica and Standing Rock, we quickly realized the greater call for environmental advocates and experts. Communities are asking how they can live more consciously and how to be the change. In response, WaterNow has now expanded into a full-service Environmental Consulting Firm, in service to people and the planet.

Founder and CEO

KARUNA WARREN

For the last several years, Karuna Warren has worked with WaterNow both locally and internationally designing and implementing regenerative long term water systems, through installing river turbines, reverse osmosis filtration, structured water filtration, pipe bursting and upgrade designs, storage tank design, new water pipeline systems, well construction, spirulina pond system design and research, growth and engineering of specifications for hydroponics and village utility, and water and sanitation designs. Karuna offers his specializations both to his local communities within the US, and also extends his work to international communities that need support Outside of the office, you can find Karuna in nature, practicing yoga, dancing, playing djembe and congas, meditating , reading, hiking, praying and going to the river, oceans or lakes. Karuna is passionate about taking his skillset and offering it to communities in need. Karuna Warren BSCE, PE, MBA, is the Founder and CEO of WaterNow. He is passionate about holistic water systems, green technologies, social and environmental action, and First Nations issues. With over 21 total years of Environmental and Engineering experience and many years within the corporate system, Karuna founded the the umbrella non-profit company Karuna Apaha Inc. – meaning Compassion for Water – in March of 2016. Since then his intention has been to work solely with his passion – multifaceted sustainable solutions for current water issues.
Community Outreach Coordinator

SAMMI KATE

Sammi Kate is Project Manager, Community Outreach and Social Media Director for WaterNow Nonprofit. With a devoted heart, undeniable presence and strong passion for implementing global impact, Sammi believes we are the change we seek, and we shall be the ones to actualize it! Wildly inspired by culture, community and creativity she is committed to supporting and exploring the intersectionality of our human – earth relationships through an ever widening lens of dream, vision & action. With a B.A. in World Religion, Creative Writing, & Psychology of Health and Healing from Boulder, Colorado’s, Naropa University – Sammi is driven by forging connection, bridging community through individuals unique gifts and empowering one another, towards their own health and healing. She uses curiosity, resourcefulness, and ingenuity in all of her endeavors, to co-create the best possible (re)solutions.
Sammi founded her own writing company (Weaving-Writers.com) in 2014, and truly believes in the power of the word to help manifest vision; cultivating a platform in which development, transformation & revolution can be born from. Currently residing in Boulder, Colorado, she has great reverence for nature in all of its many forms. The elemental world continues to inspire and teach her with its innate wisdom as it carves each step of the way towards being in service, ultimately to: the mystery that is abound. You can find Sammi exploring the beautiful terrains of the Rocky Mountains, sharing a swim in the local rivers of Boulder, Colorado, reading & writing, dancing, traveling, engaging in various environmental activism/indigenous projects, while especially using her voice alongside WaterNow, co-creating + envisioning for our clean water initiation.
Grant & Fundraising Manager

ALEXANDRA WILDERNESS

Alexandra is an activist and artist with two feet planted firmly in the earth. She is inspired by her vision of harmonic living for the next seven generations and building resilient, co-creative community cultures. Alexandra has created and supported projects that focus on empowering communities to heal with our environment for over 10 years in the United States and internationally. She has worked with organizations focused on indigenous rights, sustainable agriculture, technology education, women's empowerment, youth empowerment, outdoor leadership, and now - clean water access. She is the founder and organizer of the womxn's advocacy and education organization, "Moon Mountain Gathering", and co-founder of the nonprofit "Sacred Lands, Native Hands". She holds a Bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and numerous certifications in Permaculture, Ayurveda, and Yoga. Alexandra believes in weaving innovative technologies with ancient wisdoms for sustainable global solutions.
Filmmaker

NATE CANTALUPO

Inspired by the mission to bring clean drinking water to as many people as possible, Nate Cantalupo plays a lead role in the creation of video content for Water Now. Nate is a self taught filmmaker from Boston who has helped countless businesses grow through the use of online video. He is passionate about fusing ideas with action and producing compelling videos which tell life changing stories and create true global change. Some of his skills include video production, digital marketing, and online fundraising. When Nate isn’t working hard on digital media he spends much of his free time playing guitar, practicing yoga, traveling, and exercising. Creating a positive impact in the world is what drives Nate’s day-to-day. To learn more about Nate’s work visit www.NateCantalupo.com
Web & Graphic Designer

VANJA PERIC

Vanja Valentina Peric is the Website and Graphic Designer for WaterNow Nonprofit. With a BA in Environmental Studies from S.F. State University, she continued her education and further received certifications in graphic design, web design and video production. Vanja shares great passion for sustainable living, recycling (& upcycling) while protecting mother Earth’s natural resources. She acknowledges the importance and experience of our interwoven connectedness: the relationship between the natural and human worlds. Vanja has worked with a number of nonprofits that fight for social justice issues, access to legal help for low income and access to healthy and nutritional foods for all. Above all else, she feels especially passionate about the issues of clean water access, and loves working for this movement: WaterNow. Today Vanja works full time as a Digital Marketing Specialist and freelance Website/ Graphic Designer. In her free time she likes to spend time practicing yoga & pilates. Her favorite outdoor activities are skiing and swimming. To learn more about her work visit www.gg-studio.com.

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