Michigan Senior Policy Advocate
As part of NRDC’s Safe Water Initiative, Cyndi Roper works to ensure all Michigan residents have access to safe, sufficient, and affordable water from source to tap. Through her work with NRDC’s Climate & Clean Energy program, she assists with efforts addressing the impacts of climate change and supports the development of a clean energy economy. Prior to joining NRDC, Roper spent 22 years working for Clean Water Action and 15 years as its Michigan director. She has extensive policy, advocacy, community engagement, and coalition experience working on drinking water, stormwater, wastewater, energy, and recycling/reuse. Roper served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC), and the NDWAC’s Arsenic in Drinking Water Cost Review Panel, Source Water Assessment Workgroup, and Consumer Confidence Report Workgroup. She has also served on state drinking water advisory boards and was appointed to Michigan’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund Advisory Committee. She was a Water Resource Fellow with Dr. Joan Rose at Michigan State University. Roper received her graduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her undergraduate degree from Drury University. She is based in Michigan.