About the Human Right to Water Solutions Lab

Since 2015, under Gregory Pierce’s leadership, the water program within the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation has grown from a single staff researcher to a team of 15+ research staff and students. The team conducts a consistent stream of timely research which supports a broad set of Human Right to Water efforts – ensuring the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water for all. This work has focused on California, given its unique legal recognition of a Human Right to Water since 2012. Notably, our work with the California State Water Board has guided an action plan to provide safe drinking water for all Californians and a plan for the first state-wide low-income water rate assistance program in the nation.

The Human Right to Water Solutions Lab builds on the broader aims of the Luskin Center for Innovation to share evidence with community leaders and policymakers, who in turn use our research to effect environmental equity. The launching of the lab in 2022 reflects a recognition of the growing scale and opportunity to expand solutions-oriented water equity work with on- and off- campus partners in new ways. It also reflects the extension of this work beyond California to support a model of effecting environmental innovation and equity that is relevant across the nation.

Core Team

Gregory Pierce

Edith de Guzman

Grace Harrison

Ariana Hernandez

Silvia R. González

Director of Research,
UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute

Hannah Chun

Student Assistant,
UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

Quinn Haaga

Student Assistant,
UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez

Student Assistant,
UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

Core Collaborators

Melissa Bahmanpour

Conservancy Project Development Manager,
San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy

Stacey Isaac Berahzer

IB Environmental

Kristin Dobbin

 Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension
Environmental Science, Policy & Management
University of California Berkeley

Ahmed Rachid El-Khattabi

Associate Director,
The Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Laura Feinstein

Sustainability and Resilience Policy Director,

Sara Hughes

Associate Professor,
School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Rita Kampalath

Acting Chief Sustainability Officer,
L.A. County Chief Office of Sustainability

Justin McBride

Doctoral Student,
UCLA Department of Urban Planning

AnMarie Mendoza

Doctoral Student,
UCLA Department of Urban Planning

Khalid Osman

Assistant Professor, Stanford University

Kelsey Pieper

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering,
Northeastern University

Hayat Rasul

Community Water Planner,

Ariadna Reyes-Sánchez

Assistant Professor, College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs,
University of Texas at Arlington

Sri Vedachalam

Director, Water Equity and Climate Resilience,
Corvias Infrastructure Solutions, Inc.