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.
Jason is a New Jersey native who spent the last 20 years conceptualizing and delivering Internet products that drive business growth for companies like Shutterstock, Audible, Everyday Health, and more. He has an MBA in Entrepreneurship from NYU Stern and loves reading, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with his wife and two kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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's also been in multiple thriller flash mobs, loves New York theater, and is passionate about all things databases and data collection.
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."
Luke is originally from beautiful North Carolina where he attended Appalachian State University. Shortly after graduating, he fell in love with fundraising and building philanthropic relationships. He comes to charity: water from Columbia University Medical Center where he fundraised for scholarships, which helped Columbia become the first medical school with 100% debt-free students. When he's not playing with his two kids, he enjoys reading, taking long walks in Central Park, and attending live music events.
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.
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.
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 campaigns. She's excited to support charity: water in project reporting for our donors and partners. Although a New Yorker at heart, she's also lived in places like Chicago, Seattle, and Northern Virginia. Hillary is passionate about animal rescue and lovingly shares her home with a chiweenie named Murray and two rabbits: Sandwich and Apple (and a human husband).
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.
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 husband 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 planning our next staff event, she enjoys trying out new Brooklyn restaurants, 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.
Cecilia–or, as her friends call her, Cece–was born in the Philippines and raised in NYC since the age of six. She comes to charity: water after working in several different industries including real estate, finance, and consulting. When Cece's not poring over a calendar and spreadsheet to plan her next vacation, you can find her at the climbing gym or cycling around the city in search of delicious food.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dominic is a native New Yorker who studied Accounting at Binghamton University. Prior to joining our team, he worked as an auditor for various media and tech companies in New York City. When he’s not getting excited about how transparent charity: water’s financials are, you can find him eating soup dumplings, drinking scotch whiskey, and working on a good color-coded spreadsheet.
Jedidiah comes to charity: water from a boutique investment bank in NYC where he was responsible for updating models and monitoring the performance of banks under his coverage. Originally from Rochester, NY, he's currently working towards an MBA at Rutgers University. He may be a Marine Corps Reserve officer, but in his free time he enjoys fishing, weightlifting, golfing, and playing with his niece.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A native New Yorker, Galila attended the United Nations International School for 12 years before going on to study Political Science and Global Health in college. Prior to joining our team, she volunteered in Tanzania and witnessed the water crisis firsthand. Now when she’s not managing brand partnerships, you'll find her organizing wine and cheese nights, making podcast recommendations, or watching stand-up comedy.
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.
Kate comes to the team after years of helping human rights activists, foundations, and social enterprises around the world tell their stories in new and impactful ways. She's excited to use her experience to help charity: water further develop their storytelling strategy. When she's not crafting new content, you can find her cuddling with her dog and dreaming up his future as an Instagram influencer.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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