Get to know the charity: water team.
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.
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.
Born in India and raised in Maine, Aditi dropped out of medical school to pursue a career in finance due to her love of numbers. After 10 years on Wall Street, including a couple of stints in the hedge fund world, Aditi knew the next phase of her life would be spent making a difference in the world. She is joining us from a 115-year-old nonprofit, The Association of Junior Leagues International, where she was the CFO and COO. In her spare time, Aditi loves reading non-fiction, traveling with her family, cooking, and extra spicy foods—she's always ready to challenge anyone to a heat test!
Carly lived in various cities across the Midwest and East Coast before falling in love with Manhattan a few years ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Photojournalism, she worked at the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and then spent three years at Bionic in Consumer Insights Strategy. Carly runs into someone she knows everywhere she goes, has a collection of over 500 greeting cards from around the world, and hosts people constantly (despite living in a 5th floor walkup apartment).
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.
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.
Tristan joins our engineering team from Vermont, where he lives with his wife, daughter 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 running, snowboarding or soaking up the Vermont outdoors.
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.
Dave is a native New Yorker who spent the past few years making his way around the country working as a freelance web developer and musician. Now he's back home again in New York and serving as one of our Software Engineers. Dave can be found in Brooklyn with his cat, John, doing anything and everything music related - whether it be performing, rehearsing, or recording.
Before charity: water, Nate worked as a Software Engineer at Case Commons, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting better outcomes for children and families through technology. He studied Bioengineering at Lehigh University and can typically be found reading about all things futurism and human 2.0 or creating, performing, and catching live music.
Having lived in the Boston area for the past 12 years, Shana worked at a software consulting firm and a tech start-up before joining the charity: water engineering team remotely. She was originally trained as a classical musician and enjoys traveling, anything spicy, and spending her free time chasing after her two toddlers.
Tasha worked at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the National Museum of Natural History, and as an artist assistant for six years before pivoting to become a software engineer. She combined both worlds while working at Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit for the arts, as a software engineer. You can find Tasha in Baltimore, the city she loves, tending to her urban vegetable garden and taking on too many projects in her free time.
Lily is originally from Minnesota but spent 11 years of her childhood in France and England. She majored in Computer Engineering with a minor in International Engineering at the University of Maryland and studied abroad in Singapore. While there, she traveled around Southeast Asia to places like Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. You can find Lily working remotely from Baltimore, catching up on good television, and always planning her next travel adventures.
MZ joins charity: water after having spent the last decade leading software product teams at The New York Times, Ralph Lauren, goop, and Glossier. She is thrilled to be back in a mission-driven environment. MZ grew up in Montreal but has now lived in New York City longer. She is perpetually trying to keep up her French. She and her husband have two children who are thankfully good kids and adventurous eaters. Weekends find them exploring the city when they're not shuttling to soccer or swimming.
Originally from Berkeley, California, Chris studied Art History at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Prior to joining charity: water, he co-founded the e-commerce platform TAYLR, worked in impact investing with Good Capital Project, and was a freelance product manager for early stage startups. Chris and his wife met on the side of the road in Colorado. They have twin daughters, who are the cutest little fussbuckets you’ve ever seen.
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.
A self-taught designer, Alyson comes to charity: water after having designed for small agencies, midsize startups, and large companies, like Expedia, where she worked on their corporate travel product. When she’s not designing, Alyson can be found sipping on some espresso or scotch (both over ice), reading anything non-fiction, or communicating with loved ones in GIFs.
After taking some time to freelance and travel, Dan, a charity: water alum, is excited to be back! His work has been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet, and Business Insider. Dan has run three marathons, gotten a haircut in 15 countries, and enjoys photography, travel, and learning new things.
After receiving a Masters in Public Health and International Affairs from Columbia, Brian dedicated his career to the public health and humanitarian sectors. He has led emergency response and recovery teams following large disasters around the world, directed a multi-year response to the Cholera epidemic in Haiti, and managed an Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia. Fun fact: Brian has gotten his hair cut in 25 different countries!
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.
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.
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.
Sierra grew up in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA but moved to Poughkeepsie, NY to study geography with a focus on political ecology at Vassar College. Before joining the charity: water team full-time, she also worked as a researcher for a beginning-stage startup looking to revolutionize the financing of water infrastructure. When she's not supporting our partners in the field, she enjoys playing volleyball, listening to live music, and seeking out new waterfronts, rooftops, and mountaintops to watch sunsets and stargaze.
Born and raised in Texas, Amanda moved to Brooklyn to join the charity: water team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Texas A&M University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Texas. She has recent experience with Well Aware, an Austin-based WASH nonprofit, and the Texas Department of State Health Services. You can usually find Amanda catching live music, reading Russian folklore, or thoroughly enjoying all the pizza NYC has to offer.
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.
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.
Megan studied Psychology and Sociology at SUNY Geneseo before moving across the world to teach English and Math in Uganda, where she first started getting involved with the nonprofit sector. Upon returning to NYC, she combined her passion for NGOs and international development by serving as a volunteer for charity: water. Now she is excited to officially be a part of the team as our first ever Water Programs Coordinator.
Hannah Matthews hails from Buffalo, NY but left to study environmental engineering at the University of Vermont. She spent two years in the Peace Corps in Peru as a water, sanitation, and hygiene specialist before moving back to her home state to work as a project coordinator for a national nonprofit. Now at charity: water, Hannah supports our Water Programs team. When she's not in the office, Hannah loves to go rock climbing, play cards, and cook for her friends.
Rachel comes to charity: water after spending 10 years in manufacturing and operations with L’Oreal and three years serving the immigrant community with Upwardly Global. She has been a passionate volunteer for Engineers without Borders since 2008 and remains on the Board as an advisor. Outside of work, you can find Rachel playing soccer on the Lower East Side, singing to her son, and listening to NYC’s many languages.
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.
Anna has worked in five countries, lived in six states, and traveled to more than 25 countries around the world. She comes to charity: water after years of development experience designing gravity-fed water systems and sanitation facilities with NGOs in Nicaragua and conducting field evaluations of water treatment technologies and programs. Outside the office, you'll likely find her hiking, sailing, or skiing.
Originally from Massachusetts, Nick studied biology at Boston College and spent time at the New England Aquarium as a lab assistant. He recently received a masters in environmental health sciences from NYU and is excited to analyze data coming in from the field to ensure that our water projects are performing well over time. He loves taking care of plants and reads at least one new book every month unrelated to school or work. In the city, he also enjoys visiting parks and taking in the art scene, especially theater.
Sean is a California transplant who moved to NYC by way of Uganda. Prior to joining charity: water, he spent 10 years supporting and developing community-based programming in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, walks with his wife and their pup, and working on the beer company he started with one of his closest friends.
Shannon (a former charity: water intern!) graduated with a degree in International Development Studies from UCLA. She studied in Argentina and Chile, focusing on the intersection of human rights, development, and artistic production. She also worked in Uganda for a community-based health education initiative. She enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and meandering around the streets of NYC.
Mario Milanesi studied Agricultural Engineering at the University of Milan and later specialized in Water and Sanitation. For the last 20 years, he's worked extensively across Africa and Central America. A true nomad, he's lived and worked in 14 countries, and in those wanderings, he and his family have cared for many animals, including a giant tortoise, two gazelles, more than 20 dogs and cats, and a family of toads.
Born in Queens, Vanessa moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University, where she studied Child Development as well as Women's and Gender Studies. She spent summers applying what she learned as she worked on behalf of women and children in Thailand, Cambodia, and India. You can usually find Vanessa playing volleyball, doing yoga, traveling the world in search of new hot sauces, or adding to her collections of Pooh Bears and rubber duckies.
Maria was born and raised in Slovakia but came to the United States as an exchange student in high school and fell in love with the country. She studied international business before getting her MBA. She then spent more than seven years fundraising for Florida Hospital for Children. Maria now leads charity: water's fundraising team from the Windy City. In her free time, she loves exploring the Chicago ZOOs, parks, and foodie scene with her family!
Kaitlin hails from Toronto, Canada where she studied Fashion Communication at Ryerson University. She moved to New York eight years ago to work in fashion, sales, and events for brands like Tiffany & Co. and American Express. Her pursuit of adrenaline and adventure has taken her to over 37 countries where she's experienced things like scuba diving in Thailand, bungee jumping in South Africa, and skydiving in Australia.
Keelin studied public health & interpersonal and organizational communication at The College of New Jersey. At TCNJ, she co-founded a women's leadership organization called Project EmpowHER, which aims to help women navigate gender disparities in the workplace. As a former intern, she's thrilled to be joining the charity: water team full-time! Keelin loves interior design, anything made with chocolate, and live music. If you ever meet someone with her name, she'd love to meet them!
Cat comes to charity: water after spending three years working in event planning and development for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. While in grad school at Lehigh University, her passion for equal access to healthy, unprocessed foods led her to create a Farm to School initiative with a local public school district. These days, you can find Cat making bread, cheese, or pasta from scratch and visiting Trader Joe’s too many times in one week.
Laura attended the University of Georgia (go dawgs!) for undergrad and NYU (go... violets?), where she received an MBA in social impact. Originally from Atlanta, Laura moved to New York to work at the International Rescue Committee. She transitioned into higher ed for a few years but is excited to be back in the nonprofit world. An avid reader, Laura reads an average of 125 books every year. She also loves New York theater and is passionate about all things databases and data collection.
Hillary has a master's of social work from New York University and comes to charity: water from DoSomething.org where she led engagement strategies for their volunteerism campaigns. At charity: water, Hillary manages project reporting for our donors, partners, and fundraisers. Although a born and bred New Yorker, she's also lived in places like Chicago, Seattle, and DC. When not at her desk, you can catch Hillary on her yoga mat or spending time with her rescue dog and rabbit...who also like to share her yoga mat.
A graduate of the United Nations International School and the University of Michigan (go blue!), Irene rejoins us after interning here at charity: water, UNICEF USA, the State Department, and The Wilson Center. She is a bit of a globetrotter, having lived in Thailand and France as well as her home state of New Jersey. Irene is a big fan of iced coffee, Michigan football, and finding the funniest Twitter accounts.
Danielle joins the charity: water team after completing her business degree at the King’s College in New York City. She’s lived all over the world including in Saudi Arabia, France, Alabama, and Oregon. To date, she’s visited over 30 countries and is usually jet-lagged. When Danielle's not catching a flight to the next destination on her list, you can find her dog-watching (like people watching, but cuter) or enjoying a spoonful of peanut butter.
Alex hails from California where he studied History at U.C. Santa Barbara. After working in finance at a tech startup, Alex moved to New York City to pursue a career in nonprofit fundraising. Aside from spreadsheets and CRMs, Alex enjoys watching horror movies, listening to disco, and hanging out with his super-cool cat.
Morgan studied Finance and International Business at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and went on to spend two years in Atlanta as a business analyst for Georgia-Pacific. Aside from being passionate about ending the water crisis, she also cares deeply for the homeless population and has pioneered initiatives to help those experiencing homelessness. She loves to run, do yoga, and would eat mac and cheese for every meal if given the chance.
Though she proudly calls Kansas City home, Brady spent the last decade moving from one corner of the country to the other. She loves to champion empowering approaches to international development and is excited to represent c: w in The Bay—where she sees technology drive global innovation every single day. In her free time, she's either heading to the airport, hiking along beautiful ocean views, wandering around book stores, or cuddling on the couch with her new puppy.
Carly has worked at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Foundation and Samasource, a social enterprise that trains and employs low-income people in digital work. She studied English at UCLA and is deeply passionate about issues that affect women. Originally from California's Central Valley, she's lived in LA and SF and is excited to now call NYC home. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, yoga, reading, and the French horn.
Paige studied nonprofit management at the University of Northern Iowa and received a masters in organizational leadership from St. Ambrose University. She's been working in development her entire professional career. After five years fundraising for Gilda's Club Quad Cities followed by three and half years in higher ed, she's thrilled to be in NYC fundraising for a new passion: clean water. Her favorite thing about being new to the city has been confusing New Yorkers with her "Iowa nice."
Saxon has a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He spent more than 10 years working as an actor in the film and television industry. He's lived in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan, and California and is excited to now be in New York City working for an important cause. When he's not encouraging a charity: water supporter, he enjoys rock climbing and eating sushi.
Heather is a born-and-raised Jersey girl— her first concert was, of course, Bruce Springsteen. Most recently, she worked as a senior consultant with The Munshine Group, where she managed campaigns and fundraising strategies for a variety of nonprofits. She lives in Hoboken with her adventure pup, Maddie, and is on a personal mission to visit all the U.S. national parks.
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.
Joy Caroline studied Political Science, French, and Business at the University of South Carolina. Before charity: water, she spent time working for sustainable and socially conscious organizations across Kenya, Los Angeles, and D.C. In her spare time, she enjoys making jam, training for races, attending poetry readings, and creating killer Spotify playlists.
Tara studied Political Science and Consumer Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She comes to charity: water after spending four years at NBCUniversal—where, just like Kenneth from 30 Rock, she got her start in the Page Program. Originally from the Hudson River Valley, Tara now calls NYC home and enjoys biking, salsa dancing, and live music.
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.
Sean was born and raised in Southern California and studied Cultural Anthropology at Humboldt State University. He comes to charity: water after five years as the Director of IT for Vermont Law School, the nations highest rated environmental law school. While he lived in rural Vermont for eight years, he still can't properly chop wood (*sigh*). He now lives on the upper west side with his wife, two cats, and about 100 orchids.
Stefan currently spends his days creating IT solutions, but with experience ranging from restaurant management to education to commercial post-production, Stefan is a strong contender for Most Interesting Resume. He hails from Uniondale, Long Island, and is a graduate of Rutgers University. He enjoys many hobbies, including mobile photography and making handmade wooden wallets for friends and family.
Ben was born in London, grew up in Connecticut, and currently lives in Brooklyn with his fiancée and two rescue puppies. After graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Creative Writing, Ben fell into a technology career and developed a passion for supporting nonprofits with creative problem-solving around data. In his spare time, Ben enjoys writing, dancing, and all things music (including maintaining meticulous lists of every year's top songs and albums).
Christina comes to charity: water with a decade of nonprofit experience, most recently focusing on food insecurity. Born in Delaware (and proud of it!), Christina grew up in Orlando and now calls Brooklyn home. She has traveled extensively (26 countries and counting), most notably to Zambia, Australia, Iceland, and Japan. As much as she loves to travel, Christina’s real passion is people. She lives for a good story, great conversation (preferably over a delicious meal), and absolutely loves hosting people.
Jordan is a New Jersey native who’s had a love/hate relationship with NYC since 2006. She studied business management at The King's College where she met her partner on freshmen move-in day. Jordan's background is a variety of admin roles, most recently supporting operations at Columbia's IVF clinic. When she's not busy recruiting new folks to join our team, she enjoys creating unique pasta dishes, coming up with puns, or planning her next big travel adventure.
Ciera spent time living in Australia, Indonesia, and Dublin before landing in New York City to put her MBA to good use at charity: water. Before charity: water, she worked for the American College Dublin refining their Student Life and Study Abroad programs. She's always been passionate about public service and is excited to be doing work that benefits others.
Originally from Oklahoma City, Tara has lived in Nairobi, San Francisco, and Ashkelon—where she learned that archeology is nothing like Indiana Jones. She and her husband are excited to finally call New York home. Prior to joining the team at charity: water, she worked for the Bade Museum in California and for Pencils of Promise in New York. She loves reading, traveling, and exploring her Soho neighborhood.
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).
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Sarah made the jump to NYC where she received both her MBA in Strategy and Finance and her MPA in Health Policy and Management from NYU. Sarah loves to cook, hates to bake, lives for a good almond milk latte, and spends most of her free time singing along to Elmo and Paul Simon with her son.
Kara grew up in the Bitterroot Valley and returned to her home state to attend the University of Montana in Missoula. She earned her MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business and has since worked for AmeriCorps, City Harvest, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In her free time, you can find Kara doing anything outdoors—hiking, biking, camping—or diligently working on her knitting!
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.”
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.
Born and raised in Paris, Julie comes to charity: water with a Masters in Management earned in France and an MBA earned in Mexico. Fluent in English, French, and Spanish, she brings a wide variety of work experience to the team, including years of entrepreneurship, marketing, and finance work. When she's not curled up with a good book at home, you can find Julie out rock climbing or cooking delicious meals for friends.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Brooke stayed true to her roots and attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). Prior to joining charity: water, she spent a year and a half doing academic research on impact investing at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative. She loves cheering on her hometown sports teams and exploring NYC with her husband Robert and dachshund Ellie.
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.
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.
Andrea earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Binghamton University. She worked for a Big Four accounting firm in Chicago before working for Groupon in both Chicago and London. A lover of travel, Andrea visited 18 different countries in 18 months while living abroad. As an avid reader, she uses her age as a benchmark for the number of books she'll read each year!
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 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.
Kyle grew up in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. He earned a degree in Finance from the University of Delaware and studied abroad in Australia and New Zealand. Afterward, he lived in Philadelphia where he worked in Salesforce sales and consultation. Kyle is an avid sports fan and, true to his Philly roots, loves the Eagles and 76ers. He can most often be found spending time with his amazing group of friends and enjoying NYC.
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.
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.
Kelly’s geographic history includes a back-and-forth relationship with Los Angeles and Nebraska, as well as stints in Texas, Montana, and now, New York City. He’s spent the past 10 years working in TV and advertising for brands like Red Bull, Adidas, and Nike. He met his wife at a flashmob, is a licensed drone operator, and buys way too many backpacks, always in search of the perfect one.
Beka was mostly avoiding becoming a teacher when she changed her major from Elementary Education to English at the last possible moment. She is still surprised that she gets to write for a living. Most recently, Beka worked for a nonprofit that provides surgical care for kids with physical disabilities. She is in a committed relationship with the Green Bay Packers and jalapeño chips.
Kristina is originally from Omaha, Nebraska, but five years ago she moved to New York City on a whim. She studied graphic communications and spent the past eight years designing for companies ranging from small tech startups to international brands like Nike, Samsung, Verizon, and Google before joining charity: water. She's a foodie who reads menus for fun and has eaten her way through the best pizza each borough has to offer (see her for recommendations!).
Becky is originally from outside of Philadelphia, but spent seven years living in Boston before moving to New York City last year. She has BFA's in graphic design and fine art and comes to charity: water after working at startups ranging from the culinary scene to education technology. In her spare time, she enjoys watching and reading pretty much everything, attempting to make the perfect veggie burger, and spending time outdoors.
Marissa moved from Austin, Texas, to join charity: water’s team in NYC. She has done graphic design and multimedia work for nonprofits like MoMA and the ACLU and believes that design can be a powerful tool to humanize complicated issues. Her work is driven by storytelling, so much so that she is earning her MFA in Visual Narrative from the School of Visual Arts. Marissa enjoys hiking—or even just sitting—outside, and playing board games—or even just sitting—inside.
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.
Originally from New Jersey, Anthony moved to DC to study Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at George Washington University. He spent the last ten years managing sales and marketing at companies like Zipcar, Loosecubes, and Grind before deciding to join our Brand Partnerships team. Outside the office, you can find Anthony playing video games, collecting high top sneakers, and reading as much fiction as possible.
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.
Tim was born in Nebraska, grew up in South Carolina, and has spent the past several years living in NYC. He has earned a "layered" (confusing) accent as a result. Most recently, Tim worked in Marketing for Blunt Umbrellas. He enjoys traveling around the world with his wife, trying to cop the latest sneakers, and finding the best happy hour in the City.
A native of northern Arizona, Natalie spent six years in San Diego before moving to NYC in 2011 to work for Conde Nast. She and her husband Chris currently live in Jersey City with their 95-pound Bernese Mountain Dog Max, who may or may not be turning her into a crazy dog lady. Outside of work, Natalie loves spending time with her family, planning trips to wine regions, and going on skiing adventures.
Cara was born and raised in New Jersey, but has called NYC home for the past several years. After one of her employers become a B Corp, she realized she could turn her passion for changing the world into a full-time job. She is a fan of traveling, camping, and glitter yoga—AKA the most fun you can have in a workout class.
A Massachusetts native, Amy graduated from Tufts University and went on to manage digital marketing campaigns at ad agencies for seven years before taking eight months off to volunteer in South Africa. Now that she’s back in New York, she’s excited to grow charity: water’s donor base through digital channels. She can be found exploring the city, discovering new coffee shops, and learning random facts on Atlas Obscura.
A native New Yorker, Stephania grew up in Brooklyn, went to school in Manhattan, and currently lives in Queens. She has a BBA in Marketing Management and has spent the past five years specializing in email marketing. When she’s not exploring the most diverse borough in the city, Stephania can be found exploring South America. After having spent many summers in Ecuador, she is now on a mission to visit every country on the continent.
A Bay Area native with an art history degree from Tufts, Anna joined charity: water after six years in the agency world doing PR and communications for a variety of lifestyle, nonprofit and consumer tech clients. When she’s not managing relationships with the media, Anna can be found catching a live music or art show, reading in the park, and eating as many New York bagels as possible.
A Massachusetts native, Annalise recently graduated with a degree in Business Administration from The King’s College in New York City where she served as the Director of Student Organizations managing 18 different clubs and groups. Coming in at 4’ 10.5”, you can find her playing soccer, climbing her roof to catch the sunset, or making friends with people in grocery stores to reach items that she can’t.
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