Lesley joined Water.org in October 2013 as part of the International Programs team for South Asia. As International Programs Manager, she oversaw the successful execution of a diverse portfolio across India. In the newer pillar of Institutional Partnerships, Lesley is bringing strong programmatic expertise to assist the Global Advocacy team in communicating the impact of our work and forming new partnerships that will help the organization scale the uptake of innovative water and sanitation finance globally.
Lesley's long-term interest in water policy and management as well as urbanization has led her all over the world. Service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan kick-started her interest in water and corresponding environmental issues. Subsequent work on forest governance in Central Africa at the World Resources Institute was followed by a year's residence inside a grassroots water conservation NGO in southern India and, later, election observation work in Guinea with the Carter Center. Immediately before joining Water.org, Lesley was a consultant for the World Bank’s Central Asia Energy-Water Development Program.
Commitment to Water.org
"My interest in water developed while I was serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan, where I was struck by the devastation that Soviet engineering and environmental mismanagement wrought on the Aral Sea and the communities that lived there. Also at the village level, I saw how important access to water was for people – as soon as we are distanced from the source of our water, we waste it. These feelings were reinforced by subsequent work in India and Guinea."
"I believe that Water.org is truly at the forefront of developing new methods to addressing the water and sanitation challenge and I am excited to be a part of the continually-evolving solution. In particular, I'm intrigued by the way that WaterCredit is innovating upon the standard microfinance model to help with much-needed infrastructure and looking forward to helping develop it further."
Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Certificate in International Development
Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) – The Fletcher School at Tufts University - Certificate in Water: Systems, Science, Society (WSSS)
B.A. International Studies, English – Emory University