Women Founded, Women Led

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WESLEY SHUGART-SCHMIDT, EIT, RPCV

Project Manager

Wesley has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. After working as a field engineer for a construction design firm, he spent four years with the Peace Corps in Peru as a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene engineer. Upon returning to the United States, he received his master's degree in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova. He now acts as a project manager and GIS specialist for humanitarian response infrastructure and associated projects for Solidarity Engineering.

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JULIA HICKEY

Grant Writer

Julia Peçanha Hickey was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is a dual citizen of Brazil and the U.S. Julia graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a BA in Creative Writing in 2012. She began working in nonprofit development in 2014, and since then has worked with a range of organizations in the arts, education, social justice, and conservation. In her spare time, Julia writes poetry (her work can be found in Issue 38 of New American Writing and in the forthcoming Haunted issue of Hayden's Ferry Review) rides horses, and has adventures with her dog, Milo.

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ERIN HUGHES, PE

Principal Engineer, Founder

Erin received a bachelor's and master's degree in Environmental Engineering from Drexel University and worked in the private and pubic engineering sectors for 10 years. She specializes in water treatment, stormwater management, and construction. Erin now serves as the organization’s lead engineer.

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CHLOE RASTATTER, EI

Field Engineer, Founder

Chloe has bachelor's degrees in Chemical and Biological Engineering and Neuroscience from the University of Colorado Boulder.  Her career has largely focused on the intersection of public health, climate change, and displacement. She spent time in refugee camps in Greece and working with resettlement agencies and harm reduction organizations in Colorado before moving to the US/Mexico border.

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CHRISTA COOK, EIT, RPCV

Field Engineer, Founder

Christa received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University. After working as a traditional civil engineer then joining the Peace Corps in Peru, she went on to complete a master's degree in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova. Christa has focused her career on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and the integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and drone technology into WASH work.