Meet the Staff

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison

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

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 Gumbley

Michael Gumbley

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.

Sabrina Pourmand

Sabrina Pourmand

Sabrina is a Silicon Valley native who's lived in Peru, Haiti and Jordan. She has a Masters in Nonprofit Administration and has spent more than ten years working in international and domestic aid and development. More than anything, the proud American Filipersian (Filipino mom, Iranian dad) loves dance parties with her nieces and nephews and reliving her glory days as a competitive soccer player.

Lauren Letta

Lauren Letta

Lauren joined charity: water in 2010 after working on global campaigns for brands like Warner Bros., Saks Fifth Avenue, and Swarovski. She’s held a variety of roles at charity: water, overseeing major campaigns, special projects, production and people and culture. Today, she oversees our day-to-day operations. Outside the office, you can find Lauren eating pizza with her husband all over town.

@laurenemiller3
Matthew Eckstein

Matthew Eckstein

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 help make a positive impact in the world.

@mattheweckstein
Brian Honohan

Brian Honohan

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.

Jasdeep Gosal

Jasdeep Gosal

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.

Nitya Oberoi

Nitya Oberoi

Nitya moved to the U.S. from Kuwait to pursue her education at the University of Texas and then followed her passion for tech to NYC. She worked at GS, LimeWire, Yipit and Quirky before a five-month sabbatical in SE Asia that convinced her that her next tech venture should make a positive impact in the world. When she’s not on a computer, Nitya can be found biking, rock climbing or traveling.

Broc Klein

Broc Klein

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
Dan Gold

Dan Gold

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
Tristan O’Neil

Tristan O’Neil

Tristan joins our engineering team from Vermont, where he lives with his wife and Nebelung (“the best breed of cat”). He comes to charity: water after five years of software consulting with a background that ranges from print design to software engineering. When he’s not writing code, Tristan is brewing beer, running, snowboarding or soaking up the Vermont outdoors.

@tristanoneil
Carlos F. Medina

Carlos F. Medina

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

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.

Saqib Bedi

Saqib Bedi

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.

Faith Chastain

Faith Chastain

Faith grew up in sunny South Florida and received a Masters in International Development. She spent eight years in domestic and international work with emergency response deployments everywhere from Haiti and Nepal to South Sudan and Iraq. Now, she's responsible for driving the strategic plan for our investments in water projects around the world.

robin cho

robin cho

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.

Michelle Jackson

Michelle Jackson

Michelle spent five years with AmeriCares, working in emergency response and responding to natural disasters in Haiti, Japan and Chile before obtaining a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. She jumped into the charity: water team with four months on the ground in Ethiopia and now looks forward to leading our partnerships and programs in Asia.

Noah McColl

Noah McColl

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
Gebreselassie Berhe

Gebreselassie Berhe

Gebre is a hydraulic and geotechnical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the water sector. He received his MSc in Engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and has since worked in government, for NGOs and as a consultant. Today, he's proudly helping us alleviate the world water crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia.

Mohini Patel

Mohini Patel

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

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.

Michaela Walsh

Michaela Walsh

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

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 supporting our partnerships in Asia and Ethiopia.

Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly

Bridget joins our Water Programs team after years of studying water management. Prior to coming to charity: water, she performed water quality analysis for the EPA MS4 Project and worked on an Underground Taming of Floods for Irrigation Project for the International Water Management Institute. Today, she's proudly helping us with water management and development in Ethiopia.

Joy Hung

Joy Hung

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
Maria Johnson

Maria Johnson

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!

Pooja Khanna

Pooja Khanna

Having previously worked for companies such as American Express, Microsoft, Pepsi, and IBM, Pooja brings 13 years of strategy and business development experience to charity: water. She grew up in India, has traveled to over 35 countries, speaks four languages, and loves the outdoors and hiking. She’s now excited to lead our team of development professionals as the Director of Key Relationships.

Nicole Darsney

Nicole Darsney

Nicole brings her passion for meeting people to the charity: water team after more than a decade at Natirar and Virgin Unite. The prideful “Jersey Girl,” wife, and mother of one is joining us to help curate The Well and fundraise for clean water and our operational costs.

Angharad Mckenzie

Angharad Mckenzie

Angharad comes to charity: water as a consultant after 17 years of fundraising for Practical Action and WaterAid. In addition to being our first representative in the UK and Europe, she's a wife, mother of two, and seasoned world traveler. She holds a first class degree in International Relations & Politics, has personally inspected every single pit latrine in Bokola and Kaniche villages in Salima, Malawi, and loves taking her kids on trips across Asia.

Pamela D'Arcy

Pamela D'Arcy

Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Pamela got a degree in English Lit at Michigan State University before starting her career in Washington D.C. For four years she worked in individual membership at the Newseum before moving to New York to do corporate fundraising at the American Museum of Natural History. She loves public libraries, long walks in Central Park, and sipping on champagne, Bud Light, and coffee (usually through a straw).

Kaitlyn Swist

Kaitlyn Swist

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
Makena Cunningham

Makena Cunningham

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
Kathleen Trainor

Kathleen Trainor

Kathleen traded sand for sidewalks in a move from Florida. Before charity: water, she studied international affairs and urban planning at Florida State and then handled donor relations at an international surgical nonprofit called WonderWork. Today, in addition to serving our Growth team, you can find her “mom-dancing” or serving up cheese for Big Mozz at Smorgasburg.

Egu Ramanathan

Egu Ramanathan

Egu studied Urban Development and English at the University of Texas, where she first started getting involved with the nonprofit sector. She worked at Susan G. Komen and then spent a year in rural Thailand teaching English to high school students before moving to NYC to combine her passion for NGOs and international development here at charity: water. Egu loves the outdoors, coffee and Jonathan Franzen.

Brady Essmann

Brady Essmann

Brady comes from Kansas City, went to school at Gonzaga University in the Pacific Northwest, fell in love with sustainable international development while studying abroad in Zambia, and moved to New York to make a difference at a low-income high school in Spanish Harlem. She loves her coffee black, her wine red, and her bookcase rotating with loans from friends.

Rachel Sapire

Rachel Sapire

Rachel comes from Los Angeles, went to school at Harvard University in Cambridge, studied anthropology while studying abroad in London, and moved to New York to intern at the American Museum of Natural History and TED Talks Live. When she’s not helping our Key Relationships team with all things data and analytics, she can be found painting, reading, or playing with her sisters three french bulldogs.

Mary-ann Keith

Mary-ann Keith

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.

Ali Troute

Ali Troute

Ali studied Public Policy at Stanford and spent time in both Beijing and Western China before developing the poverty unit of a curriculum about education and opportunity in China that is taught in several U.S. high schools today. She loves to be early to airports and makes the best green smoothies of all time.

Christina lutters

Christina lutters

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, managing projects for charity: water.

@lalaalaaa
Laura MacFie

Laura MacFie

Laura is a New Jersey native who spent the past eight years strategizing, planning, and executing events for non-profit, corporate, and government clients in D.C. She has a degree in Communications from James Madison University and loves coffee, red wine, french fries, and all things football.

Jordan Hunter

Jordan Hunter

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
Nutan Chaudhari

Nutan Chaudhari

Nutan actually began at charity: water as a volunteer after hearing about our mission from a cab driver! She spent several years consulting for marketing, healthcare and sales companies, and today, she’s excited to be bringing her knowledge and experiences from the corporate community to the nonprofit world. When she’s not at the office, Nutan still loves to volunteer, travel and explore NYC.

Anna Azarjew

Anna Azarjew

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.

Christine Choe

Christine Choe

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

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
Nathan Jayappa

Nathan Jayappa

Nathan comes to our finance team after a year and a half of Impact Investing in Nairobi, Kenya. Though a Nebraska-native, he’s spent time in Southern India, Milan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania — where he got his MBA and M.S. in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. When Nathan’s not at the office, he’s happily getting lost in NYC.

Lindsay Maass

Lindsay Maass

Lindsay got into nonprofit accounting about ten years ago after studying economics at Virginia Tech. Though she’s originally from Vermont, she’s spent time in South Sudan, Myanmar, Central African Republic, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Kenya! Today, she proudly joins our team remotely from her home in Nashville.

Ann Kane

Ann Kane

Ann studied Political Science at Truman State University before collecting her Masters in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management and Health Policy at Columbia. She’s lived all over the world (from NYC to Uzbekistan) working for organizations like AmeriCorps and Doctors without Borders. And in addition to her love for travel, she also “supports the best team: the St Louis Cardinals.”

Teresa Otto

Teresa Otto

Teresa comes from Lake of the Ozarks with a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from the University of Missouri. She spent five years auditing large publicly traded companies with the Big Four before taking a sabbatical in Nepal that encouraged a shift from public accounting to the nonprofit space. Outside the office, Teresa loves indoor volleyball, film festivals and being an aunt.

Andi Rae Healy

Andi Rae Healy

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.

Yohanny Vargas

Yohanny Vargas

Yohanny was born in the Dominican Republic but moved to the U.S. at the age of nine. She studied Economics and then worked as a Junior Accountant at Selfhelp Community Services, providing financial management for people the Supreme Court deemed incapacitated. Outside of number-crunching, she’s usually with friends, trying new restaurants or traveling.

Tyler Riewer

Tyler Riewer

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
Jamie Pent

Jamie Pent

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
Cubby Graham

Cubby Graham

Cubby grew up in a small town south of Seattle exploring the great outdoors with coffee and a camera in his hands. Now, he spends his time building online and offline communities for charity: water, traveling, speaking, and inspiring people everywhere to help end the water crisis.

@cubbygraham
Garrett DeRossett

Garrett DeRossett

Garrett is a self-taught designer from Missouri. He comes to charity: water after working as a brand designer for a social media app in Austin, loves breakfast tacos and has seen every horror movie you can name. Outside of work, you’ll find him at home with his wife, two fluffy cats and a dog that likes to wear bandanas.

@dadj3ans
Ryan Dutch

Ryan Dutch

Originally from Southern California, Ryan studied Advertising at the University of Oregon and then made a jump to NYC for a design internship at Sub Rosa. Though he’s still new to New York, the staff at The Strand Bookstore know him by name. When he’s not working or reading, you can find him running or dog-watching in Madison Square.

Ameerah Siddiqi

Ameerah Siddiqi

A native Hoosier, Ameerah moved to New York after graduating from Indiana University where she studied Journalism and International Studies. Initially a charity: water intern, she fell in love with the mission and is now excited to be working alongside the Marketing team as an Associate Copywriter. When she’s not quoting Titanic or talking about her cat, she can be found curled up reading a good book or baking a mean batch of brownies.

Julia Anderson

Julia Anderson

Julia comes to charity: water after eight years in advertising, fashion, and media. Most recently, she led the brand experiences team at Refinery29 in New York. She’s a relatively new meat-eater, loves exploring the US, and surfs so much that she has six surfboards packed into her 1-bedroom apartment in Greenpoint.

Ariana Malushi

Ariana Malushi

Ariana joins our brand partnerships team after studying International Finance and Marketing at the University of Miami and then creating brand strategies for companies like United Airlines and Burger King. She’s been to 51 countries in her lifetime (lived in Buenos Aires, taught English in Argentina, volunteered for a Microfinance NGO in Cambodia) and is happiest while cycling, hiking, or scuba diving.

Taina Losasso

Taina Losasso

A Brooklyn native, Taina graduated from the University at Buffalo and considers herself a jack of all trades. She studied Sociology, volunteered alongside doctors in Costa Rica and Honduras to provide health care for communities in need, and most recently helped generate new subscribers at Spotify. Outside the office, you’ll find Taina running, reading, traveling, and continuing to learn new things.

Ashfia Rahman

Ashfia Rahman

Originally from Bangladesh, Ashfia moved to the U.S. to attend Brown University and now calls New York her home. She comes to charity: water after gaining years of experience in research and consulting. Most recently, she worked on the Audience Insights and Analytics team at Teach for America. As a self-proclaimed foodie, she loves to cook, explore new restaurants, and try exotic dishes from all around the world.

Grace Ko

Grace Ko

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

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

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.

Mani Malik

Mani Malik

Mani is originally from Northern California. He studied business administration and computer science before spending more than six years as a senior technician at Apple. Now he’s the go-to guy in our office for anything computer-related. He’s also fantastic behind the grill, exceptional at trivia night and our only staff member to have played minor league baseball!

Chris Barton

Chris Barton

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.

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

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

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.