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Interesting Fact

Seth is obsessed with sharks! He has cage dived with Great Whites three times!

Favorite Quote

“It's kind of fun to do the impossible.” -Walt Disney

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Seth Maxwell

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Seth grew up with a love for sharks and being on stage. Interested in acting, Seth started acting at the age of 7 and moved out to California to earn a B.A. in Acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts-LA. Although all paths lead to acting, Seth’s direction changed completely when one of his friends showed him pictures from her India trip, where he loosely learned about the global water crisis. Motivated to take action, Seth gathered 7 of his closest college friends together, purchased over 1,000 water bottles, and went to the streets to spread awareness about the global water crisis. After many requests from schools later, the Thirst Project arose and has now risen over $ 8 million with over 932 water projects established in 12 countries. Since the humble beginnings, Seth has spoken internationally at over 300 schools, countless churches, and numerous conferences including TEDX Hollywood Youth Conference, Global Youth Summit, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, and meeting with Obama Administration Officials at the White House.

Interesting Fact

Evan sleds down hills on blocks of ice. For fun.

Favorite Quote

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says IMPossible. Always. ALLWays.”

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Evan Wesley

Chief Big Kid

Just because he’s the tallest, doesn’t mean he’s all grown up. Evan is our resident big kid and hype master, so you can always bank on him having the energy of a golden retriever puppy. If you’ve ever heard Evan give a Thirst Project presentation, you’ll know why we’ve got him educating all of you about Thirst Project and how you can help end the global water crisis. If you want to get involved, start a campaign, or fundraiser for clean water, call Evan, because he needs more friends. Evan bleeds blue with deep roots in Kentucky, which is why he loves to chase sunsets, fireflies, and apple pie. After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Environmental Science with a focus in water resources, Evan decided to ditch his degree and become a ziplining guide. When this adrenaline junkie put down the ropes, he hit the road with Thirst Project as a Road Warrior. Evan fell in love with the road life and the students of Thirst Project, leading him to work for Thirst Project full-time and calling LA home. What does Cody Simpson, jorts, Our Lips Are Sealed, and Disney have all in common? Evan is obsessed with all (shocker).

Interesting Fact

Olivia has a healthy obsession with Blake Lively.

Favorite Quote

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

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Olivia Mazurek

Marketing Coordinator

Born in Wheaton, Illinois, Olivia loves fashion, design, photography, going to the beach, listening to music, camping, eating at new places, playing pool, and being outdoors. Although tigers, her favorite animal, do not wander around California, Olivia graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in Fine Arts with a minor in Advertising. Fight on! During her time in college, she worked in the apparel industry in Los Angeles. Inspired by hearing and seeing what people are doing to end the water crisis, Olivia joined the Thirst Project and manages all social media accounts, creates merchandise, and works with the Education& Outreach team to empower students to join our fight.

Interesting Fact

At one point, Luke had 11 living grandparents.

Favorite Quote

"You can't go anywhere before you've been somewhere."

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Luke Romick

Business Development & Events Manager

Luke is the manly mullett of Thirst Project. He’s the frontline business development expert and is the behind the scenes go-to guy for events and parties for clean water. Luke is one of our most seasoned staffers. He’s worked part-time for Thirst Project for the past three years and has (finally) moved out to LA, making this place a little bit more sunny (yeah, it’s possible). Luke hails from Lebanon, Ohio, where he recently graduated from Denison University with a degree in Communications and Environmental Studies. Luke rolls into work every morning with his mom’s handbag to work alongside young people serving the world. After hours, when Luke lets his luscious locks down, he dabbles in graphic design and hip-hop. Win Luke’s love over with a nice cup of black coffee and bow down to his 2016 Wooden Citizenship Cup Award recipient status aka best role model in college sports. We all want to grow up to be like Luke.

Interesting Fact

Tracie has completed 103 anime series and is still going...

Favorite Quote

"You teach me and I'll teach you."

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Tracie Mae Umali

School Tour Coordinator

The only thing Tracie could love more than carbs and Pokemon Go would be our School Tour and Salesforce. She is a system guru who cleans up the shop and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. Being the newest addition to our family, she can’t wait to kick off the Tour and get to know all of the students crushing the global water crisis! Tracie has this amazing positive energy accompanied with a killer laugh (so please send her fun emails)! Tracie was a RTVF Communications Major at CSU Fullerton where she found a knack for information systems technology and has been working with CRMs ever since! Learning, coding, and building terrariums are all at the top of her fave list. This foodie enjoys putting milk in the bowl before cereal, hole-in-the-wall food hot spots, and did we mention carbs?

Interesting Fact

Gina eats dessert for breakfast.

Favorite Quote

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

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Gina Mitzman

Chief Happiness Officer

Need some extra sun in your life? Either talk to Gina or make her give you a spray tan. Gina literally brings the sunshine to Thirst Project HQ. She studied Sociology at LMU, so she’s who you want reading your horoscope, giving love life advice, or a having as a listening ear. She’s basically a family and relationship expert. Gina is well-versed in Bagel Mondays, weekends watching murder investigations, and animal advocacy. Gina thinks we are pretty cool and changing the world, but she’s actually the coolest person in this office. We can only do our jobs well because of the hard work Gina puts in–she’s the true MVP! Call Thirst Project and you’ll get a brief glimpse of this magical amazing human named Gina.

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