Seth is obsessed with sharks! He has cage dived with Great Whites five times!
“It's kind of fun to do the impossible.” - Walt Disney
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 $8.5 million with over 2,100 water projects established in 13 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.
Devon's kryptonite is peanut butter!
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -MLK
Although Devon is originally from Seattle, he's basically a born and raised Angeleno, knowing every person and part of the city like the back of his hand. Devon guarantees a good laugh and to keep the office (let's be real and Seth) in check. He's in charge of special projects, which basically makes him sound like a badass secret agent (not too far from the truth). Devon plays an integral role in expanding the organization and getting Thirst Project in front of the right people. He keeps us anchored, working alongside every team member to accomplish our big goal of giving the entire nation of Swaziland access to safe, clean drinking water. You can butter Devon up with a good toasted PB&J or an outing at Universal Studios.
Evan sleds down hills on blocks of ice. For fun.
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says IMPossible. Always. ALLWays.”
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).
At one point, Luke had 11 living grandparents.
"You can't go anywhere before you've been somewhere."
Luke is the jack of all trades here at Thirst Project. He’s the biz dev connect, the behind the scenes go-to guy for events and parties for clean water, and manager for all things marketing. Luke is one of our most seasoned staffers. He’s worked part-time for Thirst Project for the past 6 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. He graduated from Denison University (Go Big Red!) with a degree in Communications and Environmental Studies. After hours, 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 (awarded to the best role model in college sports). We all want to grow up to be like Luke.
Tracie pours milk before the cereal.
"You teach me and I'll teach you" - Pokemon Theme Song
Tracie is the reigning Data Queen here at Thirst Project. As the logistics and systems guru, she cleans up the shop and makes sure that everything runs smoothly. She is the go-to for all things School Tour - mapping and managing all our speakers, stops, and stays! Tracie has made it a life mission to never leave anyone hanging on a high-five. She also has a slight obsession with Pokemon, Rihanna, and miniature items. Why? Because it just makes sense. Tracie is a proud Cal State Fullerton alumna with a Radio-TV-Film degree! Although still obsessed with kung-fu and horror flicks, she realized her calling was in service. After working for LA City, Tracie found Thirst Project and fell in love with the students, mission, and culture! Tracie's hobbies include eating, watching anime, and playing trivia.
Kellen once drove 32 hours straight across the United States!
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky” –Michael Scott
He might be the youngest, but Kellen is one of the most well-travelled members of our team. After spending nine months in Spain and traveling to 15 different countries, Kellen decided to join the Thirst Team by becoming a Road Warrior. He was the first to serve two cross-country tours, adding 35 new states to his travel list and speaking to thousands of students about the global water crisis. Today, Kellen works full-time at HQ as Thirst Project's Online Campaign King and fundraising extraordinaire. He hails from Tucson, AZ and earned a degree in Global Studies (surprise, surprise!) from Arizona State University. And when he's not fighting the water crisis, you'll probably find him surfing at the beach or snacking on peanut butter (he eats like a tub a week). Kellen also loves puppies, neapolitan shakes from In-N-Out and of course his mom, the reason he's here today.
Gina eats dessert for breakfast.
"Train your mind to see the good in every situation"
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 enjoys ballet, watching murder investigations, and animal advocacy. 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.
Sibusiso oversees all of our water projects in Swaziland! He's the kindest human being you'll ever meet.