The Millennium Water Alliance Convenes and Influences Governments, the Private Sector, and Non-Governmental Organizations to Accelerate Global Progress in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene


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Board of Directors

Peter Lochery, Chair

Peter Lochery has been on the MWA Board of Directors since its inception, serving in various board roles ,including Vice Chair, Acting Chair, and in 2021, he was confirmed as Chair. He is an environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in the water sector. He has worked in the private sector, with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program, and in 1995 joined CARE. At CARE, he led its global relief and development programming in water and sanitation and water resources.

Rod Beadle

Rod Beadle, PE serves as the Senior WASH and Response Advisor for Food for the Hungry (FH). Rod is a registered civil engineer with 36 years of experience designing and constructing infrastructure projects throughout the world. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an MS in International Public Service from DePaul University. He supports WASH activities in 18 countries where FH implements child-focused, community transformation programs. He also supports FH’s Relief and Humanitarian Response Unit in responding to natural and manmade disasters. Over the past 10 years, he has provided WASH support during and after earthquakes, disease outbreaks, floods, droughts, hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, refugee crises, and armed conflicts.

Matt Hangen

Matt Hangen is the President and CEO of Water4. Mr. Hangen has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Biblical Theology and Missiology, five years of experience as a youth minister, was a full-time missionary in Togo, West Africa for five years, and has been with Water4 since 2011, taking on his current leadership role in 2016. While serving as missionaries in West Africa, Matt and his wife Grace linked up with Water4 after searching for a better way to do manual well drilling. Water4 shared their desire to put financially and technologically sustainable solutions in the hands of local, missional businesses. In 2011 when ongoing medical treatments required the Hangens’ relocation to the U.S., Water4 was happy to gain someone with the field experience to travel and train up-and-coming drill teams into sustainable businesses throughout the world. Matt and his wife Grace have two daughters and live in Guthrie, Oklahoma and enjoy all things outdoors.

Stephanie Ogden

Stephanie Ogden is the Senior Water Policy Advisor for the Water Team at CARE. In this role, she works with country offices and key programs to identify and develop strategic approaches for addressing policy gaps, and confronts WASH issues at the policy level in order to achieve more systemic and lasting impact. Ms. Ogden is also responsible for engagement in domestic advocacy towards improved U.S. policies that enable sustainable water use and resource management. Prior to joining CARE, Ms. Ogden was the WASH Advisor and WASH/NTD Coordinator for the Task Force for Global Health, where she worked to encourage joint efforts between the WASH and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors and incorporate WASH into strategies for the long-term control of the NTDs. Ms. Ogden has a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy and a graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.

Dr. Charles Owubah

As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Charles Owubah leads Action Against Hunger USA’s executive team in providing leadership and strategic direction to more than 1,600 staff across eight countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Haiti, and Cambodia. Globally, as the world’s hunger specialist, Action Against Hunger served more than 21 million people in 47 countries in 2018. Dr. Owubah has extensive experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation of relief and development programs.  Originally from Ghana, Dr. Owubah earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management and Policy from Purdue University. He worked 20 years at World Vision in roles of increasing responsibility, including as Regional Vice President for East Africa from 2009 to 2014 and Vice President and Partnership Leader from 2014 to 2018.

Kelly Parsons

Kelly Parsons joined WaterAid as CEO in 2019. She holds a Masters in International Development from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Guatemala. Before WaterAid, Parsons led the Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy team at Population Services International (PSI). Previously, she led the Marketing Leadership Council, a network of Fortune 500 marketing executives and served as CEO of Melcrum Inc., a corporate and employee communications startup.

Stephen Sara

Steve Sara is Water Advisor at Save the Children,  and has 10 years of experience working on global health and international development.  Mr. Sara has been a member of Save the Children’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) team since 2014, and has led the team since 2018. His work focuses on implementing WASH activities to support improvements in maternal, newborn and child health across high burden countries. Mr. Sara is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Prior to working at Save the Children, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army for six years, where he served as an operations manager and a liaison to USAID and various partner governments and militaries. Mr. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Purdue University and a Master’s Degree in Global Environmental Health from The George Washington University.

Christian Steiner

Mr. Steiner assumed the role of CEO of Helvetas USA in August 2018. Driven by his passion for lifting the world’s poorest people up and out of poverty, he had management positions in development cooperation in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mozambique, Kyrgyzstan and Madagascar from 2000 until 2018. Mr. Steiner has successfully designed and managed multi-stakeholder projects funded by USAID, EuropeAid, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, Swiss Development Cooperation as well as many private foundations and corporations. Kofi Annan handed the Energy Globe World Award 2007 – Category Water — to his Mozambican project team. The World Bank Development Marketplace Global Competition on Climate Change 2009 selected his proposal on post-harvest management as one of 100 best ‘Ideas to Save the Planet’. A native German speaker, Mr. Steiner is fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese and English. He received his B.S. from Bern University of Applied Sciences (BUAS), School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, and his Executive MBA from University of Barcelona (UB), Barna Business School. Mr. Steiner is married and has two daughters.

Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas is the Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a tenured Associate Professor jointly appointed in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Departments, and an affiliate faculty in Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Thomas is a currently a member of the NASA and USAID SERVIR Applied Sciences Team.

Elynn Walter

Elynn Walter is an international advocacy expert with IRC, a Dutch organization focused on supporting governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for water and sanitation by 2030. She is part of the Watershed – empowering citizens strategic partnership. Based in Washington DC, she also leads IRC’s partnerships in the United States.

Prior to IRC, Ms. Walter was the Sustainability Director at the former WASH Advocates (2012-2015) and worked with corporations, foundations, civic groups, academia and implementing organizations to improve their WASH investments and programs. She has worked both in private industry as well as for the US Department of State. Her interest in water, sanitation and hygiene stems from her experience as a Community Health Educator for the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan. Ms. Walter received her Master of Public Health from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University.

Dennis Warner, Emeritus Board Member

Dr. Dennis B. Warner has over forty years experience in international development, working on problems of water supply, sanitation, environmental health and emergency relief assistance. Most recently, he served as a Senior Technical Advisor for water supply, sanitation and water resources development with Catholic Relief Services. Dr. Warner has lived in Tanzania, Uganda, Switzerland and France and has held positions with the Peace Corps, University of Dar es Salaam, Duke University, World Health Organization, several engineering consulting firms, World Bank and USAID. Dr. Warner is a Member of Pax Christi, the international Catholic peace movement, and in 2000 served as representative of Pax Christi International to the United Nations in Geneva.

Jonathan Wiles

Jonathan Wiles serves as Vice President for Program Excellence at Living Water International. In that role, he leads a team of subject matter experts—integrating disciplines like public health, sustainability, engineering, and missiology—to focus on new approaches, policy, tools, and organizational learning. He also facilitates Living Water’s long-range strategic planning, advises other organizations on strategy and change, serves as Chairman of the Board at the Accord Network (North America’s largest association of Christian relief and development agencies), and was a co-founder of the Accord WASH Alliance. Mr.Wiles has been in leadership roles in the nonprofit sector for fifteen years. He holds an MA in International Development, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership, both from Eastern University.