Get to know the ARA

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Alabama Rivers Alliance is a statewide network of groups working to protect and restore all of Alabama’s water resources through building partnerships, empowering citizens, and advocating for sound water policy and its enforcement.

Alabama has more than 132,000 miles of streams and rivers with more types of plants and animals living in them than any other state in the nation.  However, we also have one of the highest extinction rates in North America, many of which are species that live in our rivers.  Alabama’s precious water resources currently face many threats.  From improper enforcement of environmental regulations to the lack of planning and policy to ensure sustainable water for the future, our community is tasked with protecting the waters of the state for the health of the people and the life therein, or else we risk losing natural treasures that we can never retrieve.

Click here to read the Alabama Water Agenda.


Our Team

Cindy Lowry (she/her)


Cindy Lowry (she/her)  is the executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance. She joined the staff in 2005 as Watershed Leadership Coordinator and quickly became executive…

Jack West (he/him)


Jack West (he/him) joined the Alabama Rivers Alliance in 2020 and brings legal experience from corporate private practice, as well as an entrepreneurial background to ARA. Jack…

Kelly Marshall (she/her)


Kelly Marshall (she/her) joined the Alabama Rivers Alliance team in 2015 bringing significant experience in public relations and event planning. As Deputy Director, she manages the external and…

Martha Hunter (she/her)


Martha Hunter (she/her) joined the Alabama Rivers Alliance team as Alliance Coordinator in 2016. She works to build and support our network of more than 90 grassroots partners across…

Martin Taylor (he/him)


Martin Taylor (he/him) joined the team as Development Director in 2018, bringing 10 years of experience to the Alabama Rivers Alliance. He was born and raised in…

Victoria Miller (she/they)


Victoria Miller (she/they) is the latest addition to the Alabama Rivers Alliance team and serves as Director of Advocacy Research. She brings her tenacious passion for justice…


Our 2023 Interns & Fellows

LEE AUMAN (Tennessee watershed)

Lee is a native of northeast Alabama and a cradle Episcopalian whose spiritual formation began with his experiences as a camper and staffer at Camp McDowell and continues with his work at the intersection of faith and politics.

While studying philosophy at Auburn University, Lee taught chess to elementary-aged children and served as a youth minister at his local Episcopal Church. After graduating, Lee moved to Camp McDowell to serve as the Conference Center Coordinator. Over the years Lee’s passion for advocacy has led him to work on political campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. Throughout that time Lee has served in various lay ministry positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama.

Lee is in his final year at the University of Alabama School of Law, where he is pursuing a JD and an LLM in Taxation. He recently completed a legal fellowship with the Minority Leader of the Alabama State House. Lee enjoys playing outside with friends, especially when he can bring his dog Hoss.


MADDY CANTU (Cahaba watershed)

Madelyn was born and raised in Alabama, and is a recent public administration graduate from the University of Georgia. She has experience with workforce development and economic analysis, policy research, administration, event planning, and legal services. She has interned with Greater Birmingham Alliance to Stop Pollution (GASP) and was recognized as the Undergraduate Student of the Year in Criminal Justice. She was also honored with the UAB Best Writers Symposium Award.







JILLIAN MAXCY-BROWN (Black Warrior River watershed)

Jillian Maxcy-Brown (she/her) is a recent addition to the Alabama Rivers Alliance team and is serving as the wastewater research fellow She has a passion for pursing solutions to the complex, challenging water and wastewater issues that are impacting our society. She grew up in Texas, but has fallen in love with Alabama and living along the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa. She earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Alabama with research focused on understanding the scope and impacts of wastewater challenges for communities using onsite and decentralized wastewater management systems. Her work also evaluates the affordability of wastewater services in Alabama for residents with sewer bills and septic tank systems. She uses her experience to play a role in interdisciplinary collaborations to bring affordable, long-term solutions for ongoing water-related challenges. In addition to these passions, Jillian is fond of traveling throughout the state and discovering the uniqueness of each region. She also enjoys crocheting, playing board games, and gardening.


About the Ed Colvin Internship Fund


2016 interns Sabrina Zizo and Marlena McConnell at River Network’s River Rally!

Interns are a super important part of our work at Alabama Rivers Alliance. We are so thankful for all the hard work our interns – past & present – have devoted to us. Interested in interning for ARA? Let us know! 


2017 interns Margot Woolverton and Morgan Pennington before an EMC meeting in Montgomery.

The Ed Colvin Internship Fund was established to honor Dr. Ed Colvin who continues to offer dedication for and love of Alabama rivers and works to secure their safety. He has always given generously to others and in that spirit, we want to support young environmental heroes.  Dr. Colvin is a tireless advocate for our waters and we know our interns will be thrilled to meet him, learn from him and become future leaders.


The Ed Colvin Internship Fund supports the Alabama Rivers Alliance internship program in which interns assist in water policy research, organizing and implementing advocacy campaigns, assisting with citizen water monitoring trainings and other citizen organizing activities, and assisting with organizational development needs, including marketing and communications.  With only five full time staff, an internship program can greatly increase the ability of the Rivers Alliance to achieve their goals and ensure healthy water resources for all Alabamians for generations to come.



edcolvinOur pop is an inspiration to us – and though it might embarrass him – we want to show him our thanks for being a wonderful leader and we want others to learn through his example. Please consider giving your support to Alabama Rivers Alliance interns. We are so proud of our father and all that he gives to others!  – The Colvin kids