Rich Thorsten Chief Insights Officer

Rich oversees collaboration and innovation across the Global Impact department to generate a credible evidence base to advance insights, influence action, and contribute to thought leadership. His team works with water and sanitation enterprises and service providers to find effective ways to maintain and scale Water.org’s programs to improve the health and welfare of people living in poverty worldwide.

Rich’s 25+ year career has included programmatic and leadership roles at Water.org and U.S. conservation organizations. Rich holds a master’s and a doctorate degree in planning, with a focus on water and sanitation in developing countries.

”I believe our advances come from combining the audacity of imagination with the compassion of the human spirit. I take great pleasure in working with our practitioners to bring these together in the design and execution of our powerful solutions for life-changing impact.”