As Senior Manager for the Africa Region, Janet is responsible for overseeing operations and program implementation in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. This includes leading a team that ensures ongoing programs are executed with excellence while expanding Water.org's reach across the continent through the exploration of new potential markets.
Prior to joining Water.org in 2012, Janet worked for Unbound and The Carter Center. She has over 20 years of leadership experience in program management and has focused on areas such as gender, community development, microfinance, small business development, and education. Throughout her career, she has been responsible for program development, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, building sustainable program structures, board recruitment and development, financial management, donor relations, and staff training and capacity building. She has lived and worked in several African countries and has more than eight years of experience working with programs in South Asia. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Third World Development Support from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Human Resources Management from the University of Central Missouri. She is also certified by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management as a Certified Expert in Microfinance (CEMF) and by APMG International with a Project Management in Development Pro Level 1 certification.
Commitment to Water.org
“I believe in the ingenuity, creativity, and intelligence of people. In places where basic water and sanitation needs are unmet, the barriers to people expressing their inherent talents and realizing their full potential are enormous. This is particularly true for women, who are disproportionately affected by inadequate infrastructure, such as lack of access to safe water and sanitation facilities. I believe in Water.org’s approach, which emphasizes drawing on the talents and abilities of people in the locations where we work and creating the spaces where they are able to play the primary role in solving their own water and sanitation issues. All people have the inherent right to safe water and sanitation facilities, and I believe this is achievable when appropriate resources are directed to local people and communities.”
Education and Professional Affiliations
Peace Corps Volunteer 1994-1996, Ghana: Small Enterprise Development
Master of Arts, Third World Development Support, University of Iowa
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration/Human Resources, University of Central Missouri