About Us

Meet the Staff

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

Founder/CEO

In 2004, Scott served as a photojournalist for Mercy Ships in Liberia, West Africa, where he learned the life-threatening effects of contaminated water. Upon moving back to his home in New York City in 2006, he founded charity: water. See more of Scott's story here.

@scottharrison
Christoph Gorder

Christoph Gorder

Chief Global Water Officer

Christoph grew up in the Central African Republic and Nigeria, where getting clean water is still a dream for millions. He’s spent the last 15 years at AmeriCares, bringing medicine, medical supplies and healthcare to people in crisis around the world. Christoph joined charity: water to lead our programs, run day-to-day operations, and help us maximize our efficiency and impact worldwide.

@CGORDER
Michael Letta

Michael Letta

Chief Financial Officer

Michael has more than 10 years of experience in non-profit, private industry and public accounting. His drive for meaningful work led him straight to charity: water, where he now manages and supports our innovative accounting and operations staff.

@mletta7
Viktoria Harrison

Viktoria Harrison

VP of Creative

Vik attended the School of Visual Arts and began her career as a motion graphics designer in NYC. For two years, she worked on advertising campaigns for Honda, Coke, American Express and many other brands. She left the for-profit world in 2007 to come on full time as charity: water's designer, and eventually Creative Director. 

@vikharrison
Paull Young

Paull Young

Director of Digital

Paull grew up on a drought-stricken family farm in Australia. He moved to NYC in 2007 to lead accounts for a social media agency and earned multiple awards for work with Fortune 500 brands. For charity: water, he launched a birthday campaign, helped pull off Twestival and now leads the team's online presence.

@PAULLYOUNG
Lauren Letta

Lauren Letta

Chief of Staff

Lauren spent five years managing events and communications for fashion, entertainment and lifestyle brands such as Warner Bros., Saks and Swarovski before stepping in to produce our charity: ball 2010. She hails from Ohio, but is right in her element in NYC, leading major campaigns for charity: water.

@laurenemiller3
Rael Dornfest

Rael Dornfest

Chief Technology Officer

Rael joins us remotely from the lovely damp city of Portland, Oregon. He's a fledgling boardgame designer, friend to coffee, and enjoys exploring the world with his family. He brings his engineering knowhow from the tech startup world to bear on boosting charity: water's ability to bring clean drinking water to people in need.

@rael
Matthew Eckstein

Matthew Eckstein

VP of Engineering

Matt is a native New Yorker with an engineering degree from Tufts University and an MBA from NYU Stern. He spent 14 years in media, most recently at CollegeHumor Media, MTV Networks International, and Comedy Central. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and a highly-allergic dog. All of them are excited to be part of charity: water and help make a positive impact in the world.

@mattheweckstein
Brian Honohan

Brian Honohan

Director of Technology

Brian used to lead a web development team for publishing, entertainment and traditional product-based clients. Now, his sights are set on crafting technology that accelerates a completely different purpose - charity: water's impact on the water crisis.

Deepa Subramaniam

Deepa Subramaniam

Director of Product

Deepa hails from foggy San Francisco, where she spent 10 years as a lead engineer, then principal product manager at Adobe. A classically trained Indian dancer, she is new to New York and smitten with the energy of the city. Having spent every childhood summer in South India, she deeply understands the need for clean water and is excited to help improve charity: water's impact!

@iamdeepa
Michael Buffington

Michael Buffington

Senior Software Engineer

Michael has spent 50,000 hours of his life building meaningful products and pushing his own abilities. Most recently having spent two years as a social engineer for LivingSocial, he joined the charity: water team to help build the next generation of our platforms.

@go
Brooke Kuhlmann

Brooke Kuhlmann

Senior Software Engineer

Brooke is a Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and Open Source developer who lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and vigilant Corgi. He's thrilled his coding prowess is being applied through charity: water to improve lives worldwide. When not writing code, he can be found traveling scenic byways via motorcycle.

@bkuhlmann
Matt Tucker

Matt Tucker

senior software engineer

Matt comes to charity: water from the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts and six years in the smart grid industry. He's tall, he dislikes cheese (except on pizza) and he believes that technology can be a powerful force for positive change. He's creating and pushing code to help us change the water crisis.

Jasdeep Gosal

Jasdeep Gosal

senior software engineer

A New England native, Jasdeep spent the last seven years honing his software development skills in the for-profit world before joining our tech team. Beyond coding for a meaningful cause, he also likes bikes, knitting, fashion, cats and Chihuahuas.

Broc Klein

Broc Klein

Software Engineer

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Broc got a degree in Computer Science at PSU and started his career in D.C. For two years, he spent the majority of his time in a NASA basement before moving to New York and joining charity: water. He is enthused about leveraging technology to improve the non-profit world and provide clean drinking water to people in need. 

@HJEEBUS
Christina lutters

Christina lutters

Front-end Engineer

Christina worked in West Africa, China and in the Middle East before returning to her home state of New York in 2010. After a brief spell in the city's for-profit world, she's happy to be back in non-profit, fighting the water crisis one line of code at a time.

Dan Gold

Dan Gold

Front-End Engineer

Dan grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and just made the move to NYC in 2013. His background is in agency work, but he recently transitioned into the non-profit world with the hopes of using code to make a difference. His favorite drink happens to be water.

@danielcgold
Ben Protas

Ben Protas

Senior Software Engineer

Ben comes to charity: water after 15 years of writing software in the education, media and healthcare industries. He studied Cognitive Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and currently works remotely from his home in the Washington, D.C. area, where he lives with his wife, two children and three dogs.

Carlos F. Medina

Carlos F. Medina

Data Analyst

Originally from Mexico, Carlos moved to NYC in 2013 -after a few months in Steamboat Springs, CO. His favorite topics are probability (philosophy), probability (mathematics), probability (logic), and probability (real life). After being part of the Data Science team at DonorsChoose.org, Carlos’ mission at charity: water is to find new insights that’ll help bring clean water to more people.

Robert Lee

Robert Lee

Director of Special Programs

For most of his career, Robert has worked in the public sector in program development and international relations. Traveling around the world for a decade has helped him to see the real need for international development. After just finishing his MBA, he’s now excited to join the charity: water team to provide impact through building sustainable solutions in their water programs.

Alex Eaton

Alex Eaton

Director of Sustainability

Alex comes to us from Mexico, where he spent nearly a decade operating a company that worked with small farmers in Latin America on agricultural, energy and health issues. He’s overseeing our  Pipeline program to ensure that water projects supported by charity: water continue to provide clean water to communities long after they are installed.

Saqib Bedi

Saqib Bedi

Special Programs Software Developer

Originally from Florida, Saqib spent four years working with media startups before joining the charity: water team. The NYC move has him excited about public transportation and non-Florida politics, but he's even more excited to put his tech skills to work and help us build more sustainable water projects around the world.

Christy Sunquist

Christy Sunquist

Director of Program Operations

Christy joined charity: water in 2009 and is responsible for driving the strategic plan for our investments in water projects around the world. She oversees the organization's annual WASH portfolio and leads the team responsible for the due diligence and monitoring of all implementing partners.

@christyscazzero
robin cho

robin cho

Water Program Officer

Robin grew up half in California, half in South Korea. She studied International Development Management in Manchester before working with bilateral donor agencies for the UN in Afghanistan. She's been to thirteen countries in the past year, and donuts are her biggest weakness.

Mohini Patel

Mohini Patel

Project Data Officer

After studying at NYU and traveling to rural Honduras to construct clean water projects, Mohini joined the team to support our incredible and inspiring fundraisers. Now, she manages all of our water project data -- from when it's collected on the ground to when we report back to our donors with proof.

@mohinipatel
Julia Gallus

Julia Gallus

Water Program Associate

Julia grew up in Romania and New York City. She studied history, but her passion for understanding people, cultures and community led her toward more volunteering and activism. She's backpacked (and hitchhiked!) extensively throughout the US, Europe and Africa and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon before joining our Water Programs team.

Noah McColl

Noah McColl

Water Program Officer, Ethiopia

Raised on a small island in western Canada, Noah studied water treatment processes at Yale University and then gained international experience in Cameroon and Uganda. Since 2010, he's been working in the Ethiopian private and public sector with smallholder farmers in value chain development. Noah brings a strong combination of field and technical experience to our team.

@noahmccoll
Steve Chee

Steve Chee

Water Program Manager, South East Asia

Born in South Korea, Steve grew up in both the US and Canada, and now is based out of Cambodia. Along with a degree in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, he has years of experience on the ground working with local NGOs to implement WASH programs. In his spare time, Steve collects stories and solves crossword puzzles.

Joy Hung

Joy Hung

Special Programs Associate

Born in Taiwan, Joy has made her way along the east coast, living in New Jersey, Georgia and Maryland before settling down in New York. After a few years in the financial tech world, she stumbled upon charity: water and fell in love with the mission. Initially an intern, she's thrilled to join Special Programs and help us make an impact on our water projects.

@joyulous
Jaclyn Lindsey

Jaclyn Lindsey

Director of Key Relationships

Jaclyn has been involved in the non-profit sector for more than seven years. Before coming to charity: water, she was a fundraiser for Florida Hospital. Just when she was ready to channel her skills towards an international cause, she got the opportunity to move to New York. She's now pursuing her dream of raising awareness for clean water by leading our fundraising team.

Maria Johnson

Maria Johnson

Operations Growth Officer

Maria was born and raised in Slovakia but came to the United States as an exchange student and fell in love with it. She studied international business before getting her MBA in Florida and then spent more than seven years fundraising for Florida Hospital for Children. Now, she's loving life with her husband in Brooklyn and running point on operations fundraising for us!

Emily Matos

Emily Matos

Development Officer

After tackling field research in Africa and helping at-risk kids in Latin America, Emily joined us in 2009. She's a non-profit veteran with a Masters in Global Affairs from NYU and experience in grantmaking and humanitarian assistance. When she’s not traveling abroad, Emily manages our water project sponsorship program and organizational giving.

@emilyamatos
Fauzia Dawood

Fauzia Dawood

Key Relationships Officer

After growing up in Houston and Atlanta, Fauzia earned a bachelor’s in Political Science & Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from NYU. Then she spent three years working on higher education reform in Cairo, Egypt, earned her MBA from Yale University, and spent two years as a fundraising consultant. Fauzia is a New York Marathon alum, an NPR-enthusiast, a Brooklyn resident, and a dog-lover.

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

Corporate Foundations Manager

Sarah dove into the luxury and fashion industries straight out of NYU, until her love for travel took over. She spent the next year and a half in 13 different countries — "serious wanderlust," she calls it. We're relieved she's back in NYC to execute communications strategy and manage all the day-to-day logistics involved with brand engagement.

Makena Cunningham

Makena Cunningham

Growth Associate

Raised in Connecticut, Makena moved to the city to study Biological Anthropology at New York University. After volunteering abroad in Dominica, she decided to switch gears and tackle the water crisis. When she's not helping companies and project sponsors make an impact, you can find her running over the Williamsburg Bridge or searching for the perfect gluten-free cupcake.

@_anekam
Melissa Burmester

Melissa Burmester

Director of Production

Melissa hails from California where she honed her project management skills working to bring water and energy-saving technologies to Napa Valley wineries. With an International Affairs degree and countless hours of non-profit volunteer work under her belt, she's settled in NYC to manage projects at the charity: water office.

@MelissaBurm
Lauren Kane

Lauren Kane

Special Events Project Manager

Although born & raised in NY, Lauren joins us from San Francisco where she fundraised & planned events at Teach For America. Prior to her move out west, she studied international affairs at George Washington University. Now she manages all of our events. When not distracting the office with pop culture references, Lauren can be found petting puppies on the street on her way to brunch.

@laurkane
Mary-ann Keith

Mary-ann Keith

Project Manager

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Mary-Ann started out managing projects for huge corporate customers. After working for the UN in NYC and seeing the world, she earned an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and set her sites on non-profits. We’re glad she did because she makes a great Tech Project Manager.

Alyssa Jacob

Alyssa Jacob

Executive Assistant to the CEO

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Alyssa graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. After helping plan major fundraising events for the American Diabetes Association, she began interning at charity: water and quickly earned a spot on our production team.

@alyjacob
Jordan Hunter

Jordan Hunter

Office Manager

Jordan is a New Jersey native who’s had a love/hate relationship with NYC since 2006. She studied business administration at The King's College where she met her husband on freshmen move-in day. After coordinating Columbia University's IVF clinic, Jordan is excited to join the charity: water team. She loves a good pun, hates a messy room, and can do a mean handstand.

@onthejordan
Christine Choe

Christine Choe

Senior Manager of Strategy & Business Operations

Christine joins us from the worlds of consulting (Rosetta Consulting Practice) and finance (Equity Derivatives at Macquarie Capital). Alongside spearheading strategy & business operations at charity: water, Christine enjoys traveling (top 3 places: Patagonia, Iceland, South Africa), wine & whiskey and math jokes (she holds a BA in mathematics from Tufts University).

William Bell

William Bell

Controller/Treasurer

A CPA with 15 years of experience in audit, tax and corporate accounting, Bill is here to protect our organization's fiscal integrity by ensuring that established processes, controls and safeguards are in place.When he's not diving into reports, Bill can be found with a camera around his neck photographing the streets of NYC.

@nybillbell
Michael Gumbley

Michael Gumbley

Director of Program Finance

Gumbley brings several years of development experience to charity: water having supported the execution of various projects in Cote d'Ivoire, Indonesia, D.R.C., Nigeria and Pakistan. He converses in five-ish languages, has degrees from University of Sydney, Georgetown and the Sorbonne, and is excited to work with our implementing partners to ensure charity: water donors are getting the best bang for their buck.

Robin Jones

Robin Jones

Sr. Manager for Program Compliance

After a one year assignment on a hospital ship in West Africa, Robin came on as one of charity: water's initial staff members to help build our finance department from the ground up. With over five years of development sector experience, she now partners with our Water Programs team to ensure the financial accountability of our partners and projects in the field.

@robinisajones
Josh Irving

Josh Irving

Senior Accountant

Originally from Rochester, NY, Josh joined charity: water with nearly ten years of accounting experience. He earned degrees in music performance at Berklee College in Boston, then accounting at NYU. After years of working in the for-profit world, Josh is now helping us tackle the water crisis by keeping the books for charity: water.

Kunal Mehta

Kunal Mehta

Program Finance Analyst

Kunal is joining our Program Finance team after five years in investment banking and equity trading, and he's very excited to be putting his excel shortcuts towards a meaningful cause. When he's not analyzing grants and budgets, you can find him at Chipotle or the Meatball Shop.

andi rae healy

andi rae healy

staff accountant

Before joining charity: water Andi Rae was trying to save the world through music. At night, you can still find her belting out some country tunes around the city... but during the day, she's now putting her accounting degree to work as she crunches numbers for charity: water.

Jan Way Chen

Jan Way Chen

Staff Accountant

Jan is a life-long Brooklynite. After graduating from Baruch College with a degree in Public Accounting, he jumped into charity: water to help us process our offline donations. He's inspired by the endless financial support that streams onto his desk from people from all over the world joining our cause to end the water crisis.

mike smith

mike smith

Senior Graphic Designer

Mike grew up in New Jersey and studied printmaking at Rowan University. Prior to joining our creative team, he spent five years in the agency world in Philadelphia, doing work for Villanova University, the Philadelphia Eagles and the US Open. When he's not creating cool stuff for charity: water, you can find him making street art under the name Nom Now.

@mikesmith187
Trevor Rogers

Trevor Rogers

Graphic Designer

Trevor was born and raised in Southern California where he studied graphic design at Cal State Fullerton. Before becoming a part of the charity: water creative team, Trevor worked with charities at Sevenly. When he’s not designing up a storm, he enjoys spending his milk money on vinyl. He also loves beagles, bicycles and burritos.

Denny McFadden

Denny McFadden

Senior Product Designer

A proud Baltimore native, Denny moved to NYC in 2011. Before charity: water, he worked on interactive design for various start-ups and major media companies including Disney and Discovery Channel. When he's not dreaming up new web experiences for charity: water, you can find him cooking, biking or playing ice hockey.

@dennymcfadden
Alessandra Mosenifar

Alessandra Mosenifar

UI DESIGNER

Though born and raised in California, Alessandra comes to us from China-- where she received a Master's Degree in Cross Cultural Design and then went to work for a local creative branding agency. When Alessandra isn't putting her branding and design experience to work at charity: water, you can find her exploring the world (or Netflix's library).

Jamie Pent

Jamie Pent

Videographer

Jamie holds a degree in Electronic Media Production and comes to us from a role as Senior Editor on a creative documentary project in Nebraska. Having lived in six states already, she moved to New York to become charity: water's videographer and looks forward to traveling for her role in the water crisis solution.

@jazzyjamieleigh
Tyler Riewer

Tyler Riewer

content strategist

Tyler comes to us from Nebraska, by way of Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining the charity: water team, he spent nine years in advertising, creating content for brands like Red Bull, Nike and A&E. He loves storytelling and secret clubs. He also takes himself very seriously.

@tylerriewer
Cubby Graham

Cubby Graham

Community Builder

Cubby grew up in a small town south of Seattle spending most of his days exploring the great outdoors with coffee and a camera in his hands. Although NYC has a slightly different landscape, he’s happy to be exploring the concrete jungle while unlocking creativity and inspiring schools to make the charity: water story their story.

@cubbygraham
Chara Odhner

Chara Odhner

Senior Copywriter

Chara grew up in the Southern California sunshine, but joins the charity: water team by way of the Philadelphia ad world. She loves working with good people for good causes, and she’s eager to help charity: water tell stories that inspire people to do great things. In her spare time, you can usually find her eating food, making food, or riding her bike to go pick up something to eat.

@charamelody
Kaitlyn Swist

Kaitlyn Swist

Stewardship Associate

Kaitlyn is a recent graduate of Bentley University, with a degree in Management, Global Perspectives and a minor in Non-profit Organizations. After traveling to Ghana and seeing the water crisis first hand, she came across charity: water and it's been love ever since! She handles the administrative side of offline water project reporting, as well as develops new and old relationships with donors.

@kswist
Chris Barton

Chris Barton

General Counsel

Chris started his legal career at a Wall Street firm and has since worked on legal projects in more than 40 nations, including many of the countries where charity: water works. Now, he's helping us translate the fine print and cut through the red tape, guiding us to reach our goals more quickly, smoothly and elegantly. His clear and practical legal work fits right in with our approach.

Sarah Salisbury

Sarah Salisbury

Digital Marketing Manager

Sarah came to charity: water after getting her bachelor's in English literature and working at a for-profit startup in Boston. She combines her love of language, HTML, and charity: water by dedicating herself to our email marketing strategy. When she's not hogging the office coffee machine, she's usually lost in a book... or somewhere in Manhattan.

Kaitlyn Jankowski

Kaitlyn Jankowski

Supporter Experience Manager

Kaitlyn joins us as a recent grad from Virginia Tech where she studied Communications, tutored NCAA athletes before they went pro, and took a few classes in Switzerland. She fell in love with the organization years ago and now deals with all things mycharity: water, helping fundraisers become rockstars!

@kate_jankowski
Grace Ko

Grace Ko

Supporter Experience Associate

A recent grad from Boston University, Grace joins us with heavy involvement in the non-profit sector and a degree in Mass Communication. Combined with her travels through Central America, Grace firmly believes what we believe here -- water changes everything. She now engages with our community of inspiring supporters to provide a personal and impactful experience.  

@gracehaeko
Michael Altman

Michael Altman

Supporter Experience Associate

Mike is originally from Long Island (which he claims is why much of his conversation revolves around The Mets and food with red sauce). He studied Health Sciences at Gettysburg College and took interest in the transformative power of clean water after a trip to Uganda a few years ago. Now he's a proud member of our Supporter Experience team.

@MikeAltman_
Ian T. Cook

Ian T. Cook

IT Systems Manager

After realizing that computer coding wasn’t for him, Ian ditched computer science to study non-profit technology. He took his love for helping people on a grassroots level to Namibia where he founded a charity of his own and spent several years living and working. Eventually, he returned to New York to become master of technology for the charity: water team.

Michaela Walsh

Michaela Walsh

Water Program Associate

Michaela joins our team after working at a nonprofit community foundation in Connecticut for almost 2 years. She graduated from Fordham University, where she studied Communications and Sociology and interned in television production. She's crazy about Netflix, dogs and exploring city neighborhoods.

Stephanie Goetz

Stephanie Goetz

Volunteer Coordinator

Straight out of Kentucky, Stephanie joined the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, to work on community-based health projects. After summers dedicated to public health work in Thailand and Nigeria, she finished grad school at Columbia. Now, she's heading up our army of amazing volunteers. Interested in volunteering? She's your girl.

Anna Azarjew

Anna Azarjew

Receptionist

Anna kicked off her work in the nonprofit world with Invisible Children in 2007 and then went on to work with Global Zero. She comes to New York by way of Los Angeles, and when she’s not cooking for friends or discovering new bands, you can find her brunching her way through new neighborhoods here in New York City.

Daniele Lantagne, Ph.D., P.E.

Daniele Lantagne, Ph.D., P.E.

Technical Advisor

Daniele has spent 14 years providing technical assistance to water projects in more than 50 countries, including many of the countries where charity: water works. She's helping us refine our monitoring and evaluation approach and also providing technical assistance to ensure our programs deliver results and stay as strong as possible.