Around the world, our network of dedicated staff and local partners make our work happen.
In the US, that includes our Board Chair, Board Members and Chief Executive.
Together, every decision they make ensures our work is efficient, effective and sustainable, and takes us closer to our goal: making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of everyday life for everyone, everywhere.
WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. We work with local partners and influence decision-makers to maximise our impact.
Making change happen on a global scale
WaterAid US is part of a global federation, alongside six other members: Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Sweden and the UK. Together, we work with partners around the world, including the Sukaar Foundation in Pakistan, who support girls with good hygiene practices.
We started in 1981, when several UK water companies came together at the Thirsty World Conference. Determined to find a solution to a global crisis that had left billions without water, toilets or hygiene, the idea for WaterAid was born.
Meet our Chief Executive
Kelly Parsons joined WaterAid in 2019. She holds a Masters in International Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Guatemala. Before WaterAid, Parsons led the Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy team at Population Services International (PSI). Previously, she led the Marketing Leadership Council, a network of Fortune 500 marketing executives and served as CEO of Melcrum Inc., a corporate and employee communications startup.
Meet our Board Chair - Andrew Towle
Andrew Towle has spent his professional life creating value for some of the world’s best-known CPG companies, including Procter & Gamble, Heinz, Georgia-Pacific, and Kellogg’s. He was the CEO of private equity-owned Urnex Brands, which was successfully sold in 2017. Andrew is currently a partner at NGN Investment Partners.
Towle grew up in India and Thailand and experienced first hand the many issues that WaterAid is committed to resolving. He has extensively lived and travelled globally. He joined the WaterAid America Board in 2018.
Our annual reports
Our annual reports let you meet the people changing their lives, and see how your support is making a lasting difference around the world.
Value for money
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