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.

Our mission

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.

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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.

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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.


Meet our Chief Executive

Kelly Parsons, incoming CEO WaterAid (US) headshot
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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.

I am delighted to join an organization poised for significant growth and that is resolutely focused on such a critical issue in global development. Water, sanitation and hygiene are the building blocks for a dignified, healthy and productive life. WaterAid will continue to work tirelessly and in partnership with diverse stakeholders to achieve universal access to these human rights, leaving no one behind.
Kelly Parsons

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.

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. Towle currently is a partner at S CAP, a food & beverage focused venture capital firm.

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.

Cate Luzio

Cate is the Founder & CEO of Luminary, a community of empowered professional women with space for them to work, develop and connect. We thrive #InThisTogether
Before founding Luminary, she spent the better part of 20 years in financial services, with a demonstrated international career in Corporate and Investment Banking. Recently Cate decided to make a career transition to follow her passion and focus her efforts and impacts on gender diversity. Cate joined the WaterAid America Board in 2018.

Charlotte E. Ammouri (Conner)

Charlotte is a Private Equity investor at KKR where she leads investments in environmental and industrial services as part of the KKR Global Impact fund. Prior to joining KKR, Charlotte worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Houston, Texas. Having grown up between Louisiana and Thailand, Charlotte is deeply interested in issues surrounding water conservation and the nexus between environmental sustainability and economic development particularly as it relates to promoting solutions for vulnerable populations. Charlotte received her BA in Geosciences from Princeton University. 

Daniel Lisk

Daniel is a partner at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP, where he represents real estate funds, owners, developers and financial institutions in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions.  Daniel received his BA from Vassar College and his JD from Fordham University.

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 America 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 Princeton in Africa as well as WaterAid.

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 for the firm's International and Global strategies. Prior to Tocqueville, he spent 10 years as an executive in corporate finance at Lehman Brothers and Dillon Read, advising  corporations and governments globally on privatizations, mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions.

James also serves on the Board of World Connect, a not for profit focused on locally led development initiatives in the global south.

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.

Nam Hee Kim

Nam Hee has 12 years of investment banking experience in New York and Hong Kong.  Until 2013, she was a Director in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays Bank in Hong Kong where she advised corporate clients on fixed income products.  Nam Hee started her career in the Public Finance division of Lehman Brothers in New York where she managed debt issuance for US municipal governments secured by water, sewer, and utility system revenues. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematical and Computational Sciences from Stanford University and a Masters in China Development Studies from University of Hong Kong. Nam Hee joined the WaterAid America Board in 2018. 

Sarah Ryerson

Sarah is President of TMX Datalinx, where she leads the growth of the information services division of TMX Group which provides a broad spectrum of real-time and historical data solutions to clients around the world. Ms. Ryerson's key areas of focus will include developing new products, implementing enhanced commercial models and expanding the business into new markets.  Previously, Ms. Ryerson led strategy and sales operations for Google Canada and before that, spent 8 years at McKinsey & Company as a strategy consultant.  Ms. Ryerson is a graduate of Princeton University and holds an MBA, Strategic Management from Wharton Business School.

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Meet our Leadership team

Joshua Briemberg

Regional Director, Latin America and Caribbean

An engineer by training, Joshua established WaterAid’s first-ever LAC office along Nicaragua’s underserved Miskitu Coast where he continues to live and work.

Margaret Cohen

Managing Director of Development

Margaret was thrilled to bring her enthusiasm and experience to WaterAid to connect with philanthropic champions who share the core belief that access to clean water is a human right. She finds it both a pleasure and a privilege to partner with philanthropists who want to make a measurable, sustainable impact in the fight against extreme poverty.  Margaret joined WaterAid in 2020, having previously worked at the Sibley Hospital Foundation of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Population Services International (PSI), Children’s National Medical Center, and Bread for the World.

Katherine Crider

Chief of Staff

Katherine joined WaterAid in 2009 despite training in Classical Trumpet at the University of Indiana. She is the intersection of finance, admin, operations and marketing. 

Sarah Dobsevage

Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships and Philanthrophy

Sarah has an MA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in History from Columbia College and joined WaterAid in 2007. 

Emily Haile

Director of Marketing and Engagement

Emily has a masters in journalism from the University of Maryland and a BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University. She has worked as a writer and content strategist for numerous publishers and NGOs. She joined WaterAid in 2017.

Elizabeth Marcey

Director of Policy and Advocacy

Elizabeth joined WaterAid in 2020, where she brings more than a decade of experience leading advocacy on Capitol Hill for international development funding and policy. Prior to coming to WaterAid, Elizabeth served as Senior Policy Advocate at CARE, where she covered numerous portfolios.

James O'Sullivan

Chief Financial Officer

James joined WaterAid Australia in 2017 and moved to the New York team in 2020. He has 15+ years’ experience working in NGO, corporate and government sectors in finance, corporate services and audits. James spent eight years in NGO senior management and five as a director and treasurer on the boards of several non-profits. He holds a MBA/Law and is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAA.