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.

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.

School girls in Pakistan get advice on maintaining good hygiene during their periods. WaterAid/Mustafah Abdulaziz

Our history

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.

A photograph of the founders of WaterAid.

Meet our Chief Executive

Sarina Prabasi, WaterAid America's CEO, stands for a portrait at Totcomana community, Manaure, La Guajira, Colombia. March 2017.
WaterAid/Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Sarina joined WaterAid in May 2014. She is a seasoned leader with 20 years’ experience in international development. She most recently served as Deputy Chief of Programs at Orbis International, and as Country Representative at WaterAid Ethiopia. Prior to that, she spent nearly ten years at Pact Inc., serving both in Washington, DC and overseas.

A tribute to her vision and leadership, Sarina was recently named by both Fortune and Food & Wine magazines as one of the Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink, and honored by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 ‘Woman of Influence’.

Originally from Nepal, Sarina is now based in New York City where she is a proud mama to two young girls and co-founder of Buunni Coffee, a fair trade, organic coffee company. She holds a BA in Economics from Smith College, Northampton, USA and an MSc. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK. She is @SPrabasi on Twitter.

Meet our Board Chair

Marc Robert became a WaterAid America Board member in 2012. He is a partner of Water Asset Management LLC , an investment partnership focused on investing globally in companies and resources that ensure water availability and quality and has spent over 25 years in the equity investment industry. Prior to joining Water Asset Management LLC, he was managing director at Morgan Stanley in New York and London. He is also the board chair of St. David’s School, a private boys K-8 school in New York City.

Anand Parekh

Anand Parekh, MD is a Chief Medical Advisor at the Washington, DC Bipartisan Policy Center focused on aging, prevention, and global health.

Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of service at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015, he developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention, wellness and care management.

Cate Luzio

Cate Luzio is currently Executive Vice President and Global Head of Multinational Corporate Banking for Global Commercial Banking (CMB) at HSBC. In this role Cate is responsible for teams globally in developing and strengthening HSBC’s subsidiary coverage of multinationals (MNCs) for all their banking needs. She joined HSBC in December of 2014 and is based in New York.

Desmond FitzGerald

Desmond FitzGerald began his investment career in 1966 at J. P. Morgan after graduating from Harvard College. In 2005, he co-founded Holyoke Partners, a Fund of Hedge Funds as a Managing Principal.  In 2005, he established the Hope for Poor Children Foundation, which he serves as President and is a Trustee of the Aquaya Institute and Helen Keller International, before joining the WaterAid US Board in March 2011.

E. Robert Meaney

E. Robert Meaney is the former Chairman of International at Valmont Industries, Inc. of Omaha, Nebraska. He joined Valmont in 1994 and led the company's international operations and development. In May 2013, Meaney was appointed Distinguished Fellow at the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska. Meaney currently serves on the boards of Infinity Property and Casualty Corporation and WaterAid US.

James Hunt

James Hunt is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Tocqueville Asset Management, where he serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee and lead portfolio manager.

Prior to Tocqueville, he spent 10 years as an executive in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers and Dillon Read, advising corporations and governments on privatizations, mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions. 

Letitia A. Obeng

Letitia Obeng joined the WaterAid US Board in June 2012. Dr. Obeng also serves on the Board of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). She was the Chair of the Global Water Partnership (GWP) (2008 – 2012). As GWP Chair, Dr. Obeng served as spokesperson for the Partnership, and among other things, provided strategic guidance on the work of the Partnership and Network. Previously, Dr. Obeng spent 25 years at the World Bank.

Marc Zimmer

Marc Zimmer holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland and an M.B.A in International Finance and German from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Marc has over 20 years of experience in sales and operations and currently serves as a Client Services Executive with Cisco Systems. He has served on the Aguayuda Board of Directors since April 2013, to help those in need of WASH solutions.

Myles Druckman

Myles Druckman became a WaterAid US Board member in 2007. He is vice president of Medical Assistance for International SOS, a provider of medical assistance, international health care and security services. He manages medical services for all Americas-based multinational clients globally, develops and manages international medical programs, and oversees the management of emergency evacuation services worldwide. 

Ravi Reddy

Ravi Reddy is an entrepreneur and investor across several asset classes through his private investment holding company, Think Capital. Think promotes seed-stage companies in biotech and enterprise software technology, manufacturing, utility scale gas/solar power projects and clean technology.

Ravi is also a trustee of American India Foundation.

Roberto Lenton

Roberto Lenton became a WaterAid America Board member in 2007. One of the world’s foremost experts in water management and international development, Roberto is the Founding Executive Director of the Robert B Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska, where he also holds an appointment as Professor of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Rosemarie Ryan

Rosemarie Ryan became a WaterAid America Board member in 2008. In 2010, Rosemarie launched Co:, a new agency based in New York. Previously, Rosemarie led JWT as President of its NY headquarters, where her strategic acumen and critical thinking helped launch and reposition numerous leading brands.

Sarah (Sally) Timpson

Sally Timpson joined the WaterAid America Board in 2012. Formerly with the UNDP, Ms. Timpson is a consultant with over 35 years executive experience in the UN, where she was a leader of UNDP efforts to reorient its policies and programs to focus on people-centered development, environmental sustainability, participation and equity. 

Sarah Ryerson

Sarah Ryerson joined the WaterAid US board in 2015. Sarah leads strategy and sales operations for Google Canada. In this role, Sarah develops the growth strategy for the Canadian business across industries, customers, and Google products and leads the operations of the day-to-day business. Sarah joined Google in 2013 after 8 years at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant. 

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