As the Grants Manager, Patty develops and implements the internal processes necessary for gold standard stewardship of Water.org's grant partners. Having spent the entirety of her career in the nonprofit sector, she has developed a keen understanding of how to translate the complex nature of on-the-ground work to compelling and straightforward information to keep Water.org's partners informed and engaged.
Patty comes to Water.org with grant and project management experience across a variety of nonprofit environments. As a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova, Patty lived in a small village with no access to running water. In her role as a community and organizational development advisor, she worked with a small community-based NGO to launch a collaboration among regional and international partners to install sanitation solutions in the form of compost toilet systems in schools throughout the northeastern region of the country. After leaving Moldova, Patty joined World Wildlife Fund and later the Society for Science & the Public focusing on corporate and foundation fundraising and relationship management. She believes in the power of innovative solutions and working collaboratively to solve the world's problems.
Commitment to Water.org
"While volunteering at an orphanage in a community outside of the capital in Mozambique, I experienced my first instance of the global water crisis. Caring for the children's needs without regular access to safe water led to instances of illness and an inability to keep the facility clean and hygienic. This was just a small glimpse of what millions around the world experience in their every day lives, and what the children of that village would continue to suffer through long after I left.
"Later, studying global public health in the outskirts of Cape Town, I studied a variety of solutions to a number of public health issues. More than ever it became clear to me that there was a need to develop community-driven, sustainable solutions. Water.org's innovative, market-driven approach is just that and I feel privileged to be a part of an organization that has the potential to significantly impact the developing world."