US AND CAMEROON TEAMS
Sophia Sunwoo. Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder.
Sophia built and sold her first company in 2010, which had products placed in 250 retailers worldwide, was featured in People Magazine, and worn by celebrity clientele. She continued to manage projects over $1 million in value for Fortune 500 companies in hospitality and technology, and focused her undergraduate studies on effective market strategies to lift the resource-constrained out of poverty. Her senior dissertation was widely recognized by Parsons School of Design Strategies, and inspired the inception of Water Collective. Sophia holds a BBA from the Parsons School of Design and the New School, and is currently pursuing her MPA in International Economic Policy at Columbia University. She was listed as a leading force in Social Entrepreneurship on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list (2016) and awarded the Fred Alger Finance Award in 2015.
Josh Braunstein. Chief Water Officer, Co-Founder.
Josh has worked on several water and housing projects in Africa and Vietnam since he was 15, and has been a leading fundraiser for large environmental non-profit organizations. At the University of Miami, he founded Sustainable U and raised necessary funds to bring AASHE and the Talloires Declaration to campus. After several years in the field, Josh garnered the successes and faults of water solutions in the developing world and integrated the most impactful models into Water Collective.
Douglas J. Meyer. First Vice President, Bank Leumi.
Doug is a seasoned professional in the banking industry since 2002 and has worked in the areas of Small/Mid-cap, Middle Market, and Large Corporate. Beginning his career as a teller while attending St. Dominic’s High School (Oyster Bay, NY), Doug has held several management positions on the credit/risk side and continues to work on the business development side. Currently, Doug is First Vice President within Bank Leumi’s New York Middle Market Group and is focused on generating new opportunities with general corporate and industrial clients. He is an active member in raising awareness in the not-for-profit arena for organizations such as Bubble Foundation, STEM from Dance, Boys Town and New York Blood Center. He has sat on Water Collective’s Board of Directors since the organization was established. Doug earned his B.S. in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn/Patchogue, NY).
Jon Pageler. SVP Corporate Relations, Diageo.
After an early career in electoral politics and crisis management, Jon now serves as SVP of Corporate Relations for the North American Division of Diageo, the world’s largest beer, wine and spirits company. Jon is responsible for all corporate communications and public policy, as well as Diageo’s Corporate Social Responsibility agenda. Jon currently serves on the board of Mother Jones magazine as treasurer as well as serving on the executive committees of DISCUS, an industry trade association and The Century Council, a social aspects organization dedicated to fighting underage drinking and drunk driving.
Justin Grant. CEO, Outside Edge Trading, LLC.
Fundraising and Finance Chair
Justin is the Chief Executive Officer of Outside Edge Trading LLC. Justin is a true entrepreneur at heart, and has a successful track record of developing and investing in start-ups, where he is able to contribute his experience and Executive Management skills. Justin began his career at Ernst & Young LLP practicing Corporate Real Estate Tax on behalf of REITs and off-shore pooled investment vehicles. In 2009, Justin founded and is CEO of Blade Enterprises Inc (doing business as InSeats.com) a leading national ticket brokerage company. Justin has sat on the Board of Water Collective since it’s inception in 2011. Mr. Grant graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in Accounting from Hofstra University.
Stephanie Kerman Sobotka.
Stephanie is a former PR professional who understands how to define and articulate a campaign to gain the traction, exposure, and coverage needed to launch a new product, or refresh an existing one. Stephanie’s background is focused in the beauty and lifestyle sectors for brands ranging from Jack Black, The Organic Pharmacy, and Tweezerman. On a recent trip to South Africa, Stephanie visited a township in Cape Town and immediately knew that she wanted to get involved with Water Collective.
Daniel Goldberg. CIO, Outside Edge Trading, LLC.
Daniel spent five years trading for various banks and hedge funds before pursuing it independently. His entrepreneurial shift came from his desire to focus his energies on community service projects in his free time. His newfound project is to integrate real world management and decision making principles from the trading world into Water Collective’s mission.
Sacha Thompson. Attorney.
Member, Governance Committee
An instructor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, her academic research focuses on community development initiatives that incorporate sustainable technology and microfinance. She has worked in rural communities in East Africa developing microfinance programs that helped local farmers combat the effects of climate change.
Dan Vallejo. Product Marketing Manager, Google.
Member, Finance & Fundraising Committee
Dan grew up in the communications world at Ogilvy with experiences on DuPont and Johnson & Johnson in China. Shortly after, he joined a small group of sustainability pioneers and helped create and build OgilvyEarth, Ogilvy’s sustainability consulting and marketing practice. Dan helped grow OgilvyEarth in three years to a global practice with over twenty offices. He helped define OgilvyEarth’s point of view around this belief. Dan has won and led relationships with The Coca-Cola Company, The United Nations and Domtar helping them find the business opportunity in sustainability and developing unique marketing platforms and movements for each.
Janis Huang. Events Chair. Digital Media Supervisor, Digitas.
Taylor Mason. Innovation Lab Administrator. Capco.
Jason I Miller. Esq. Attorney, Blank Rome LLP.
Justine Lucas. US Country Director, Global Poverty Project.
Mike Fruman. Agent, CORE Realty.