Chevenee Reavis came to Water.org in 2010 to accelerate the impact of the organization and solutions in the water and sanitation sector through new types of collaboration and innovation. In her role she leads Water.org’s global advocacy efforts and New Venture Initiative, an internal incubator designed to foster a supportive culture of innovation within the organization and realize new opportunities that enable Water.org to achieve its vision of universal access to safe water and basic sanitation. The fund enables Water.org to invest in innovation capacity; surface and pilot new models to the point where they would be ready for greater scaling; expand existing initiatives into new geographies and through new channels; and convene new partnerships. In directing Water.org’s global advocacy efforts, Water.org’s public affairs team focuses on connecting the organization’s direct impact with its mission to catalyze new forms of participation in solving the global water and sanitation crisis.
Reavis has more than a decade of experience advancing the impact of leading foundations, government agencies, Fortune 500 corporations, and nonprofit organizations by creating momentum around important challenges, raising funds for complex causes, and driving organizational innovation. Her public and private sector experience have included work with ACCION International’s Center for Financial Inclusion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Global Health Council, Management Sciences for Health, Pfizer, Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company, State Street Bank, and Unitus (including the 501(c)3), Unitus Capital, and the former Unitus Equity Fund, now Elevar, LLC). Chevenee provides pro bono strategy consulting to nonprofit organizations and has been tapped to publish a variety of papers and resources for organizations including the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Management at Harvard University and the International SEEP Network for Microenterprise Development.
Commitment to Water.org
“I have been committed to advancing social justice since the start of my career. Raised in a military family, the notion of serving the global community has always been a guiding principle in my life. With a background in and passion for public health, social marketing, and microfinance, I found the opportunity to join the Water.org team a once-in-a-lifetime chance to tackle one of the most pressing global challenges of our time. I am thrilled to join Water.org in my role of facilitating new types of collaboration, partnerships, and methodologies in the water and sanitation sector, all of which have the potential to accelerate impact in ways never achieved before.”
B.A. summa cum laude, Communications and Marketing, Emerson College