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WASHINGTON DC - Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund announced today that after a nationwide search, they have hired Jeff Carter as their new President and CEO, effective April 10, 2023. Jeff will be replacing Bob Wendelgass who is retiring after serving in that capacity for more than twelve years.

Jeff has more than a decade of executive experience, most recently serving six years as Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a membership organization of health professionals in the US working to protect the public from the global threats posed by climate change, environmental destruction, and nuclear weapons proliferation.

During his tenure with PSR, Jeff oversaw an issue portfolio that included combating climate changing emissions from the oil and gas industry; disclosing chemicals used in fracking that can contaminate our land, water, and air; promoting investment in clean, safe renewable energy and energy efficiency; protecting federal policies and programs that safeguard our climate; and educating and mobilizing health professionals to speak about climate change. He worked to support and mentor emerging leaders and diverse voices along the way, including the efforts of a new generation of health professionals seeking to bring racial justice to the forefront of today’s nuclear disarmament movement.

Kate Koeze, Chair of the Board of Clean Water Action commented: “We are excited that Jeff will be joining us as our new president and look forward to exciting progress in protecting our water and our health under his leadership.”

Jeff will be based in Washington DC though he will spend time in the Boston area as well.


Since the organization’s founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections through its issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking, and people power. Current issues include safeguarding drinking water and protecting the nation’s rivers, lakes and streams from pollution, reducing the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products, combating the proliferation of single use disposable plastics, and fighting climate change and the health-threatening pollution from the oil and gas industry.  More information can be found at  


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