FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Rutland, VT – August 19, 2022: Pure Water for the World, Inc. (PWW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alice Urban as board president and the election of two new board members, Jean Pillard and Tom Brandvold. Urban succeeds long-time board member, Bob Mohr, who will continue serving as Immediate Past President.
Alice Urban is Deputy Director of Business Development with Tetra Tech International Development, a global consulting firm that provides international development services with a mission to advance the sustainable development of communities. She has more than 10 years of experience working in international aid and development.
Urban first became involved with PWW in 2011 when she accepted an internship position as Development Assistant and Content Writer while completing her bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Economics at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. She continued her work with PWW as a consultant while earning her master’s degree in Sustainable Development (Policy and Management) at the School for International Training in Washington, DC, where she graduated in August 2013. During her time with PWW, Urban developed content and worked with in-country teams, in Honduras and Haiti, conducting assessments and WASH-related research.
After completing her MA, Urban accepted a position with Global Communities, an international non-profit that supports community development. In 2016, she joined Tetra Tech. She joined the PWW board in 2020.
“Having been connected with PWW for the last decade, I am thrilled to continue to support the organization’s important mission,” said Urban. “Working in international development, I’ve seen how critical genuine community engagement is to the sustainability of WASH programs. I look forward to working with PWW’s impressive and dynamic team in this new role.”
PWW welcomes two new members, Jean Pillard and Tom Brandvold, to its board of directors.
Jean Pillard is a Haitian national who previously served as Haiti’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, where his focus was restarting diplomatic relations between Haiti and the UK after over half a century of strained relations. He facilitated the creation of the first ever Haitian Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, where he served as Chairman. With over 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors, Pillard currently serves as President of Life Skills Haiti, a non-profit organization that focuses on vocational education in Haiti’s countryside.
Tom Brandvold is the Owner and President of Premier Water & Energy Technology, a commercial and industrial water treatment company founded in 1973 and headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Brandvold first learned about PWW through the Association of Water Technologies (AWT), an international water treatment association that selected PWW as its charity partner in 2016. Premier Water is an AWT member and Brandvold has been actively involved with the association, holding various positions on AWT’s Board, including president. Premier Water has supported a number of PWW projects in both Haiti and Honduras, helping thousands of individuals in need of safe water and sanitation.
“I’m thrilled to be working alongside Alice as our new president and to welcome Jean and Tom as new Board members,” said Matt Korn, PWW Executive Director. “These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise, with a shared passion and commitment to ensuring all people have reliable access to our most basic human necessities, safe water and sanitation.”
PWW’s Board of Directors is instrumental to the organization, playing an integral role in ensuring its long-term sustainability, growth and success. For a full Board of Directors list and additional information about PWW, visit www.purewaterfortheworld.org.
About Pure Water for The World:
Established in 1999, Pure Water for the World, Inc. (PWW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to improve lives by empowering people with access to life’s most basic necessities: safe water and sanitation.
PWW works to protect the human right to basic necessities by empowering people, living in underserved communities of Haiti and Central America, with the essential tools and education to establish sustainable safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs.
Headquartered in Vermont, PWW has offices in Tegucigalpa, Trojes, and Maraita, Honduras and Limonade, Haiti.
PWW has served 730+ communities across Haiti and Central America, reaching more than 750,000 individuals.
Contact: Jamin Gelder, Deputy Director
Pure Water for the World
P.O. Box 55
Rutland, VT 05702