Mitch Anderson is an environmental justice activist, human rights defender, writer, photographer, and father. He is the founder of several nonprofit organizations, including Amazon Frontlines and After graduating from U.C. Berkeley in 2003, Mitch embarked on a lifelong journey of frontlines activism across Central and South America leading multi-year investigations into human rights violations by the Mexican military in Mayan territory of Chiapas, Mexico; and spearheading international media and advocacy campaigns spotlighting major oil-related disasters in the Amazon rainforest. In 2011, Mitch moved to Ecuador’s Amazon to launch a clean water relief effort with indigenous nations of the Siona, Secoya, Kofan and Waorani peoples affected by decades of oil contamination. To date, the ClearWater project has installed 1152 rainwater harvesting systems in more than 70 indigenous villages across 5 million acres of threatened rainforest. In 2015, Mitch supported the founding of the indigenous-led Ceibo Alliance, and launched Amazon Frontlines (, a nonprofit organization advancing indigenous peoples rights to land, life and cultural survival in the Amazon rainforest.