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Interesting Fact

Seth is obsessed with sharks! He has cage dived with Great Whites five 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 $8.5 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.

Interesting Fact

Devon's kryptonite is peanut butter!

Favorite Quote

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -MLK

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Devon Jones

Director of Special Projects

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.

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

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

Partnerships, Events & Marketing Manager

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.

Interesting Fact

Tracie pours milk before the cereal.

Favorite Quote

"You teach me and I'll teach you" - Pokemon Theme Song

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Tracie Mae Umali

School Tour Manager

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 this amazing positive energy accompanied with a killer laugh (so please send her fun emails). 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 action 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, improving her KDR on Call of Duty (add her PSN @sleepyypandaa), and watching anime.

Interesting Fact

Kellen once drove 32 hours straight across the United States!

Favorite Quote

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky” –Michael Scott

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Kellen Brewer

Student Activation Specialist

He might be the youngest on the team, but Kellen is one of the most travelled members of our team. Kellen fluently speaks Spanish, so he decided to spend nine months in Spain before joining our team. During his time in Spain, he visited 13 other countries. Some of Kellen's favorite things include puppies, a nice street taco, neapolitan shakes from In-N-Out and of course his mother, Eliza. He hails from Tucson, AZ and earned a degree in Global Studies (surprise, surprise!) from Arizona State University. Kellen believes everything happens for a reason, and after hearing Seth, our Founder & CEO, speak about the global water crisis at his High School, he went on TWO tours as a Road Warrior during college and now has found his purpose back at Thirst HQ.

Interesting Fact

Gina eats dessert for breakfast.

Favorite Quote

"Train your mind to see the good in every situation"

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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 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.

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Sibusiso Shiba

Swaziland Country Director

Sibusiso oversees all of our water projects in Swaziland! He's the kindest human being you'll ever meet.

Our Support Team

Damon Brown

Outreach Coordinator
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