Seattle-based nonprofit ensures clean, safe drinking water to children in orphanages, schools, street shelters, rescue homes and hospitals in seven countries in Asia and East Africa through water-purification technology.

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What do you do? I work in Operations at Splash, a Seattle-based nonprofit that ensures clean, safe drinking water to children in orphanages, schools, street shelters, rescue homes and hospitals in seven countries in Asia and East Africa through water-purification technology. My primary role is thinking strategically to make sure systems are running smoothly. This could be anything from HR to international shipping and logistics to office culture to IT to replacing light bulbs!

How did you get that job? I graduated from the Evans School of Public Affairs [at UW] with a certificate in nonprofit management in 2011 and was looking for a job that would allow me to use these skills. I was lucky enough to find Splash in the job hunt and knew that I wanted to be a part of it! Thankfully they let me!

What’s a typical day like? What I love about my role is that no day is typical. When you’re making sure kids have safe water to drink you’ll do just about anything.

What’s the best part of the job? The best part about my job is our team. We’re a hardworking but playful team who recognizes that our work always comes back to the kids and their potential. Our ping-pong table isn’t too shabby either.

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What surprises people about your work? What surprises people most about our work is that we take the technology that McDonald’s uses for water and use it for orphanages, schools and hospitals. People are surprised by how easy it is to take a business solution and use it for a charitable purpose.