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.

Viktoria Harrison

Viktoria Harrison

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 join charity: water as a designer, and eventually our VP of Creative. 

@vikharrison
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 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
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
Rael Dornfest

Rael Dornfest

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
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.

Deepa Subramaniam

Deepa Subramaniam

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
Brooke Kuhlmann

Brooke Kuhlmann

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
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.

Ben Protas

Ben Protas

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.

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.

Alex Eaton

Alex Eaton

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

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

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

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.

Steve Chee

Steve Chee

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.

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.

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!

Fauzia Dawood

Fauzia Dawood

A Southern-native, but deep New England-enthusiast, Fauzia earned a double-degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at NYU. She started her career in the nonprofit world in Cairo and later returned to the northeast to earn an MBA at Yale University. Fauzia is a NY Marathon alum, NPR-addict, hip-hop aficionado and excited to be working at her dream job!

Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen

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.

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
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.

Melissa Burmester

Melissa Burmester

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
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
Alyssa Jacob

Alyssa Jacob

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

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.

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.

mike smith

mike smith

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
Alessandra Mosenifar

Alessandra Mosenifar

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

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

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

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
Chara Odhner

Chara Odhner

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 telling 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
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.

Kaitlyn Jankowski

Kaitlyn Jankowski

Kaitlyn joins us 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
Nina Nirema

Nina Nirema

Nina was born in Burundi, grew up in Chicago and studied Politics and Arabic at Pomona College in California. She’s spent the past few years working with communities at Foursquare and Hailo and has joined the charity: water team to work with our incredible community of fundraisers as well. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find Nina at live shows, camping or exploring the city.

Grace Ko

Grace Ko

A 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

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!

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.