Juliet Christian-Smith

Senior Program Officer
Juliet Christian-Smith

Juliet Christian-Smith oversees the Water Foundation’s Healthy Communities program, which supports projects that advance safe drinking water and climate resiliency in urban and rural communities. Juliet works closely with Water Foundation staff and partners to craft strategy, develop projects and policies, support implementation, track progress, and share lessons learned, with a focus on advancing equitable policies and practices across the water field.


Juliet was previously with the Union of Concerned Scientists where she helped lead water and climate work as a Senior Climate Scientist. She also brings a comparative perspective, informed by her Fulbright Fellowship to study the implementation of the European Water Framework Directive in Portugal and her work as a Murray Darling Basin Futures Fellow in Australia. Juliet has a PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley.


1970 Broadway, Suite 900
Oakland, CA 94612


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Recent Blog Posts

"Growing up, my family spent a week every summer on a small island off the coast of Maine reliant on cisterns for fresh water.
Water was closely rationed, and showers were scarce. The daily ritual of filling up two pitchers of water for use throughout the day piqued a life-long interest in the limits of our freshwater resources, and in the rules and power relations that govern its use. Working in water allows me to contribute to many of the things I care about the most, including building a more equitable society and preparing for a future that looks and feels very different than the past."