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Leadership Team

Manohar Shenoy

Executive Director

Manohar is The WASH Foundation's Executive Director where he oversees broader strategy, programs, and operations. He joins the team with over 30 years of leadership and management experience in International Development, having led programs in several countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa and supported programs in the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean. He brings considerable experience in WASH, Public Health, Nutrition, Agriculture, Water, Integrated Adaptive Water Resources Management, Microfinance and Gender, Climate Change Adaptation, Complex Emergencies, Refugees and Urbanization. He has worked closely with USAID (and OFDA), PEPFAR, the United Nations (UNOCHA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, FAO and WFP), the EC (and ECHO), World Bank, AusAID (DFAT), FCOD, CIDA, SIDA, the Dutch Government, GFATM, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CIFF, MacArthur Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation apart from several national programs in countries across the world with various line ministries.

Laurette Sirkin

Director of Development

Laurette is excited to bring her more than 20 years of fundraising experience in donor relations, special events, relationship building, and volunteer management to The WASH Foundation. Prior to joining TWF, Laurette held a variety of roles in organizations that focused on care for refugees, strengthening communities, social justice, disaster relief/response, children and families, and human services. During her time with these organizations, Laurette led a variety of capital campaigns, community events, fundraisers and galas, employee giving, peer-to-peer fundraising, direct marketing, legacy gifts, and more. She also spent time in the corporate world working in customer success, project management, business development, and the leadership teams of a SAAS-based software company as well as a lifestyle media company. A dedicated advocate for social good, learned early on from her grandparents the value of giving back to the community around you. Laurette is a seasoned professional, skilled leader, and passionate fundraiser who is dedicated to lifelong learning. She has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Georgia State University, and an MBA from American Intercontinental University, as well as post-graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Women in Leadership, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Management. Laurette lives outside of Atlanta with her husband, three children, and her dog Bailey. She volunteers at the Atlanta Humane Society; loves to travel and see the world, cook with things from her garden, and enjoys going to the movies.

STEFFANI fIELDS

Global WASH Manager

As The WASH Foundation’s Global WASH Manager it is Steffani’s responsibility to provide oversight and structure to the implementation of all aspects of TWF’s Global WASH programs. She brings to the team over 23 years of International Development experience throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, East Africa, and Asia. Raised as a daughter of a career serviceman allowed her the experience to travel extensively, and living among people who struggle to meet the necessities of life naturally sparked her passion and empathy for others in need. Her subsequent pursuit of a B.A. in Anthropology, followed by her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Haiti, led to work as a Program Director for several international non-profit institutions dedicated to supporting the well-being and dignity of populations affected by health and economic insecurity. This experience naturally transformed into a passion to alleviate the negative effects of poor health among those without resources to help themselves, manifesting through the formation and leadership of international teams in the development of comprehensive water access, WASH education, sustainable livelihood, and emergency relief and preparedness programming.

Jennifer Johnson

Global Emergencies Officer

Jennifer Johnson is the Global Emergencies Officer with TWF where she oversees and helps implement the program, projects, and strategies related to the disaster cycle including preparedness, readiness, response, recovery, mitigation, and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM). Jennifer has extensive experience in emergency response, emergency management, and managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Jennifer’s experience includes first responder work as an EMT, public safety officer, and AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Responder deploying national wide to urban disasters and working as a wildland fire fighter; an emergency preparedness intern at two departments of public health and the University of Costa Rica; a teaching assistant for the Managing Disaster and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies taught at the master’s level; and a Senior Disaster Program Manager with the American Red Cross. She has responded to, and managed the responses for, countless disasters over her 14 years in the field. In addition to supporting readiness and response activities for various organizations, she has also coordinated and implemented community preparedness project to help individuals and groups organize their own plans to keep themselves safe in the event of an emergency.

Ashley Lovell

Global Program Officer, Africa

Ashley Lovell joined The WASH Foundation in July 2023 as the Global Program Officer for Africa. She leads the planning, implementation, and evaluation of water, hygiene, and sanitation projects and develops long term strategy and partnerships across the continent. Ashley has worked on public health, education, and economic development projects in East and West Africa. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer focused on health education and behavior change in Ethiopia, she worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist at a local training organization in Guinea. Later, she moved to Senegal and worked as an analyst with Dimagi, where she digitalized data collection processes and designed mobile health applications for projects throughout Africa as well as remotely to projects around the world. Ashley earned undergraduate degrees in peace studies and economics at Chapman University and holds a master’s degree in economics from University of Nevada – Las Vegas. Through her experiences working on community development projects and data analysis and evaluation, she has developed a passionate belief that community-led development and data-informed decisions are the keys to making the world a better place.

Francisco M. Juarez Lopez

Global Program Officer, Latin America and Caribbean

Francisco M. Juarez Lopez has wide experience in project development and implementation in the areas of environmental and social infrastructure within the WASH sector and solid waste management systems. He has worked for international NGOs and international cooperation agencies to implement projects in Guatemala and Nicaragua, with UNOPS he served in Mexico as an environmental management specialist and from 2018 to 2022 he served as the Country Manager for Cities Alliance in Liberia. His experience has been built through the implementation of projects at municipal and community level, where he has incorporated an approach that develops tailor made local solutions and community-based sustainable management models for some of the most marginalized and vulnerable informal settlements. Francisco joined The WASH Foundation in June 2023 as the WASH Global Program Officer for Latin America & Caribbean where he leads the strategy and project implementation in the region aiming at improving access to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Francisco has a background in Environmental & Civil engineering with specializations in Project Management, and Environment and Infrastructure Planning.