Meet the Board

Get to know the charity: water board of directors

Michael Wilkerson

Michael is the Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Africa. He serves as Chairman of the Boards of AFGRI, Clean Energy Africa, and as a director of Ascendent Learning Limited. Michael co-founded and served as the Managing Partner of AgriGroupe Limited, a private investment firm focused on Food and Energy Security for the African Century. He previously was a Managing Director at Lazard Frères & Co and Citigroup. Michael holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a MA from Yale University and a BS summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University.

Brant Cryder

Brant Cryder is the President of Yves Saint Laurent North America. Before rejoining the Gucci Group in his current role, Brant spent the past 12 years with the Prada Group following his time at both Saks Fifth Avenue and Armani. He has four wonderful children: Ellie, Baylor, Hudson and Beckett with his lovely wife Mary. He studied Business and Communications at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Brant is also a distinguished DJ who has played at major parties, events and fashion shows in Bali, Italy, LA and NYC. He has appeared at numerous speaking engagements in relation to the fashion industry including CCC Manhattan and Paradox. Cryder has a very strong heart to encourage, motivate and lead people into an increased understanding of their call, identity and destiny.

Brook Hazelton

Brook Hazelton is the President & Co-CEO of Digital Reasoning, an Artificial Intelligence company. Previously, he served as President, Americas for Christie's, the world's leading art company. He first became involved with charity: water while CEO of Phillips auction house. He began his career in finance, working internationally with Goldman Sachs and The Carlyle Group. Brook remains a private investor and co-founder of St. James Partners, an investment business. Mr. Hazelton is married with two young children. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

Chi-Hua Chien

Chi-Hua Chien is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Goodwater Capital. Before co-founding Goodwater, Chi-Hua was a General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where he focused on investments in consumer technology. Chi-Hua serves on the Board of Directors of Path, Lithium (aka Klout), Zaarly, Chill, Level Money and Zumper. He's also a venture capitalist who invested in Chegg, Inspirato, Karma Science (acquired by FB), Spotify and Twitter. Chi-Hua fell in love with startups at Stanford University, where he earned a BS in Industrial Engineering, a BA in Economics, an MS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA.

Chidi Achara

Chidi graduated from Cambridge University and launched his career in London at renowned advertising agencies Grey and BBH. After a hiatus from the corporate world to focus on personal creative endeavors, he joined Nike Inc. as VP, Creative, for the Cole Haan brand in 2012, spearheading its creative reinvention.

Since 2013, Chidi has served as a senior executive at Simon Malls. As Chief Creative Officer, he led the rebranding of 200+ malls worldwide and oversees all advertising, design, digital marketing, PR, partnerships, and programming, and is increasingly focused on fostering diversity, inclusion, and social justice inside and outside the company. His corporate work has been recognized by Ebony, Black Enterprise, and Profile magazines and has been named by Ebony as one of America’s Top 100 Black Leaders. Chidi currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Esther and two daughters.

Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts was most recently Senior Vice President of Apple Retail based in Cupertino, CA. During her five years she integrated Apple's physical and digital businesses to create a seamless customer journey for over a billion visitors a year. Under her leadership she redesigned the stores, reimagined the experience and recrafted roles for 70,000 employees globally. The launch of Today at Apple was one of the most transformative programs, with a mission to encourage connection, inspire learning, and unlock creativity. Today there are over 18,000 sessions held a week enriching the lives of customers and communities worldwide.

Angela relocated to London to join Burberry in 2006 where she served as Chief Executive Officer for nearly nine years. She led the company through a period of phenomenal global growth repositioning Burberry as a global luxury brand. Her leadership focus on culture, values and positive energy resulted in tripling the business and quadrupling the share price.

Prior to Burberry, Angela spent 25 years in New York as Executive Vice President at Liz Claiborne Inc., and earlier in her career as President of Donna Karan International.

Angela has a BA from Ball State University where she was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters in 2010. She was also a member of the UK’s Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council from 2010 to 2015, and named Honorary Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2014. Angela has consistently been recognized by Forbes, Fortune and the BBC as a Top 100 Global Executive. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Ralph Lauren Corporation. Airbnb, Inc. and WPP plc, and a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Oxford University Saïd Business School. She also sits on the Boards of charity: water, and The HOW Institute for Society.

Ryan Graves

Ryan Graves is the Founder & CEO of Saltwater: his family office, incubation, and investment firm. He previously served as SVP Global Operations at Uber and was the first employee of the company. He drove the business from 1 to 17,000 employees and into 600+ cities, by leading Operations, Strategy, Global Expansion and People Operations.

Ryan's career has been a mix of business and technology experience ranging from org scaling, business development, and product management (startups: Uber, foursquare, SocialDreamium) to large ERP implementations & corporate restructuring (corporate: General Electric, CNA Insurance).

Ryan holds a BA degree in Economics from Miami University (OH).

Ije Nwokorie

Ije is a senior director at Apple. He previously spent 11 years at the creative consultancy Wolff Olins, where he was CEO, overseeing offices in London, New York and San Francisco.

Born in America, Nwokorie spent his early years in rural Nigeria, a background he credits for forging his creative outlook and affinity for wonder.

Since graduating with a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in 1995 he has enjoyed balancing technology, creativity and leadership, subjects about which he writes and tells stories regularly. He has been named one of the UK’s 50 most creative leaders by Creative Review, by GQ as one of the UK’s most connected men and by PowerList as one of the 100 most influential black people in the UK.

Ije is a board member of charity: water UK and the International Institute of the Visual Arts (Iniva). He is married with two children and lives in Teddington so gets plenty of time to think while traveling slowly on trains.

Scott Harrison

Harrison graduated from New York University in 1998 with a B.A. in Communications. After a 10-year foray into special event planning and promotions, he began a small upscale event planning and nightclub consultancy. His clients included MTV, VH1, ABC, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Xbox (Microsoft), Universal Records, RCA, Island Records, Dunkin Donuts, Bacardi USA, Nike, Anheuser-Busch and more. In August 2004, he left the event business to serve for a year as a volunteer photojournalist onboard the Mercy Ship Anastasis in impoverished Liberia, West Africa. In September 2005, returning home to NYC, he tested the idea behind charity: water by producing a large exhibition of his photographs and videos called Mercy. Despite opening in the midst of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Harrison's Mercy show was a success. Visitors contributed more than $96,000 towards providing medical procedures and freshwater wells in West Africa. Harrison returned to West Africa for another 6 month journey in October 2005, before returning to Manhattan in the spring of 2006 to found charity: water.

Shannon Sedgwick Davis

Shannon Sedgwick Davis is CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. An attorney, Shannon is a passionate advocate for social justice and International human rights. She is a well-known strategist engaged in promoting peace and ending human atrocities across our globe.

Shannon is a recipient of The Spirit of McMurry Award, given annually to one outstanding alumni, as well as Baylor Law School's 2011 Young Lawyer of the Year award. Shannon's work has been featured a number of times on radio, television and through print media.

Shannon previously served as Vice-President of Geneva Global and Director of Public Affairs at International Justice Mission. She is currently a board member of several organizations within the US and abroad including The Elders, Humanity United and Toms Shoes.

Valerie Donati

Donati founded Brand Building Communications in January 2007 in New York City and launched her Los Angeles arm in 2008. In addition to pioneering an award winning digital WOM practice, Donati created a community-based online lifestyle news platform, 24/Savvy, in 2010. She is married to Simon McIntyre and serves with him as a Global Executive team member of C3 International, the overseer of the C3 European regional churches and the co-pastor of C3London, a local church based in Fulham.

Officers of the Board

  • Michael Wilkerson Chairman
  • Chris Barton, General Counsel Secretary