Blood:Water Welcomes New Executive Director, Stan Doerr

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We are excited to announce that Stan Doerr has joined the Blood:Water family as our new Executive Director.

Toward the end of 2015, we initiated a thorough search process with a team including board and staff, and as we narrowed our focus this summer, Stan was the unanimous pick. He stood above the rest for his passion for our mission, his extensive experience working in Africa, and his shared belief in capacity building as a key component for healthy partnership and sustained impact in HIV/AIDS and water. Blood:Water is positioned to build even greater momentum in service to our partners and their communities as Stan steps into this key leadership role.

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Stan was previously the President/CEO of ECHO, Inc., an organization providing agricultural and appropriate technologies support to organizations and individuals in more than 155 countries. During his 11-year tenure with ECHO, he provided leadership for organizational growth from a U.S.-based organization to an international base in Asia, West Africa, East Africa, and South Africa. He also led multiple strategic planning cycles to sustain the organizational growth and expand the reach of ECHO.

Stan previously worked in Mauritania, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, and other African countries, and brings a spectrum of experience with large international NGOs as well as smaller, local partners to implement projects and measure impact. Driven by his faith, Stan is a visionary leader, team-builder, strategic thinker, and passionate storyteller. We are blessed to have him join us.

Stan is looking forward to getting to know the team, our partners, and you, our community of supporters. Stan’s first days with Blood:Water were spent in Nairobi, Kenya, at our annual Partner Summit, meeting representatives from our current partner organizations and spending five days together in training, discussion, and mutual learning. On behalf of those partners, and the communities they serve, we thank you for continuing to walk alongside us in this life-saving work.

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FROM STAN DOERR New Executive Director

“I am deeply honored to be joining Blood:Water and the significant work being done by very dedicated partners throughout sub-Saharan Africa. I am looking forward to the privilege of working with an amazing team of dedicated staff. Having just returned from meetings in Kenya with our partner organizations as well as meeting some of those who are beneficiaries of Blood:Water’s work, I am even more excited about the difference being seen in the lives of those we serve.”

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FROM AARON SANDS Director Operations, Co-founder, and Former Interim Executive Director

"On behalf of the staff, we are thrilled for Stan to join Blood:Water as we step into the next season. Having just spent time with him in Africa at our Partner Summit and a field visit in Kenya, I have no doubt Stan has a shared vision for our mission and desired impact. He heard firsthand from our partners about the value of the work already in motion. He has lived alongside Africans in a variety of cultures, and sees them as heroes and leaders for us to come alongside with funding and capacity building. I'm convinced Stan will be a great leader for Jake, myself, and the rest of the team as we continue serving our partners and our donors for years to come."