Staff and Leadership


John Oldfield – CEO, WASH Advocates

John Oldfield’s previous experience with safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene comes from founding two implementing nonprofits in the sector, and his tenure as Executive Vice President with Water Advocates, dedicated to increasing financial and political support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and adequate sanitation.

Prior to Water Advocates, John was a Vice President at a New York private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and corporate divestitures. John has also been with The Conference Board, a New York-based economic research firm which produces the well-known Leading Economic Indicators and Consumer Confidence Index. While there he launched and managed two innovative online services, including a corporate training business.

Prior to The Conference Board, John was with the National Academy of Sciences, where he researched science, technology, and economic policy issues. He also has extensive international management experience with USAID and U.S. Department of State contracts, including training programs for election officials, civil society, and foreign media, as well as civil/military communication projects in post-conflict countries.

John Oldfield leads the efforts of WASH Advocates to increase awareness of the global WASH challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world. He believes strongly that the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene crisis is more solvable than it is difficult. Contact:

Cecilia Snyder – Communications Director

Cecilia Snyder has worked for twenty years in the field of international health focusing on education and outreach through new technologies. She was executive editor of several global health news services for journalists, and has used online tools as well as traditional print media to disseminate information while working at Bread for the World Institute, the Panos Institute, CEDPA, the Population Council, and the Communications Consortium Media Center. Within the U.S. government sector, Cecilia has provided information management and strategic communications solutions to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Cecilia has also designed several print publications and scientific posters for hard copy and electronic distribution. She received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University (focusing on image ethics of nonprofit advocacy organizations) and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Virginia Tech. Contact:

Jordan Teague – Program Associate

Jordan primarily works with the sustainability and integration portfolios at WASH Advocates. This includes support for development of MERL in the sector, increasing the amount and effectiveness of funding and programs in the WASH sector, strengthening sustainability of WASH, and advocating for effective integration of WASH into other development sectors, including nutrition, NTDs, gender, HIV/AIDS, education, and conservation. Prior to this position, Jordan was the WASH & Nutrition Fellow at WASH Advocates. Jordan was also a Community Water Solutions Fellow in Ghana, where she helped women establish water treatment businesses for their communities. Jordan received her Master of Public Health from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Contact:

Elynn Walter – Sustainability Director

Elynn Walter focuses on advocacy, accountability, and sustainability for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). In that capacity, Elynn works with government, nonprofit, academic, and private sector partners to increase the amount and effectiveness of global WASH. She has facilitated advocacy workshops and coordinated multi-day forums to address sustainability and integration for WASH. Elynn previously worked as the WASH Sustainability Director for the WASH Advocacy Initiative as well as the Program Director of Global Water, Health and Schools at Water Advocates. In addition, she has worked in private industry and for the U.S. Department of State. She was a George Washington University Global Health Service Fellow in Almaty, Kazakhstan and served as a Community Health Educator for the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan. Elynn received her Master of Public Health from George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University. Contact:

Steering Committee

  • Ned Breslin – CEO, Water For People
  • Monica Ellis – CEO, Global Water Challenge
  • Peter Lochery – Senior Advisor for Water, Sanitation, and Environmental Health, CARE
  • Steve Werner – Consultant, and former Executive Director, Water For People
  • Gary White, Chairman – Executive Director,
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