Introducing the 2018 Leadership Team
EWB-DC’s vibrant volunteer group is led by a dedicated group of volunteer leaders elected each year. Before introducing the new team, I want to take a minute to thank the outgoing leadership for their hard work and dedication to EWB-USA, EWB-DC, and the volunteers that make the programs possible.
The outgoing leadership team–Rob Horner (outgoing president who will serve as past-president on the EWB-DC Board), Jonathan Mead (vice president), and Ashley Reives (treasurer who will transition to vice president)–spearheaded the DC Chapter by interfacing with EWB-USA, managing Chapter-wide events including the annual EWB-DC Gala (save the date for March 23, 2018!), and overseeing the chapter’s programs and their management.
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Let’s take a moment and get to know the new leadership team of EWB-DC:
Rachel Rath (me), President – I’m looking forward to serving as EWB-DC President after being involved with the Chapter for the last five years. I joined the chapter through the Cameroon project, where I served as a public health lead and then a project lead for two years. More recently I’ve been leading the EWB-USA Impact Standing Content Committee, focusing on the intersection between EWB projects and sustainability. I’m looking forward to increasing the community and volunteer engagement of the DC Chapter, along with improving collaboration between EWB-DC projects and work with other local chapters. My background is in public health and I’m proud to bring the non-engineering perspective to the chapter.
Ashley Reives, Vice President – Ashley Reives joined EWB-DC in 2012 as a member of the Cameroon Water Supply and Health program. She later served as a Cameroon Project Lead for two years, supporting the project through technical design phases and four implementation trips. Most recently, she was the EWB-DC Chapter Treasurer and has also supported fundraising, social media, and event planning initiatives. Our chapter includes incredible diversity in backgrounds, education, and expertise. Ashley would like to increase the ability for EWB-DC to share these skillsets within our chapter and with other organizations in the DC area.
Ben Mabbott, Treasurer – Ben, the new Chapter Treasurer, joined EWB-DC in 2017 because he realized he had spare time and was “interested in leveraging his engineering background to help ‘pay it forward’.” Ben works in the field of nuclear power. Previously he has worked in reactor operations, design, and safety. In joining Chapter leadership, Ben wants to increase membership engagement and partnerships in our local community, ultimately in support of greater positive impact abroad.
Nicole Regobert, Secretary – Nicole joined EWB-DC in 2017 to “give back and make an impact to communities in need by using her EWB/Project Management experience.” Since joining the DC Chapter she’s been volunteering with the El Salvador project and traveled with the travel team in September. Although relatively new to the DC Chapter, she’s been involved with EWB since 2010 through leadership roles with the EWB-Mid Columbia Professional Chapter in Washington state and with the Central Houston Professional Chapter. Additionally, she serves as an ICP Reviewer for EWB-USA. Nicole loves to travel and learn about new cultures. In fact, she’s on track to visit every continent in the world! She joined Chapter leadership to help keep the chapter organized and to find ways to engage more with other regional chapters.
Fortunately for us, the past president also serves on the EWB-DC leadership team. We’re lucky to still have Rob providing his input.
Please come by the Chapter meeting on December 20th to say hello to the new leadership team, help us celebrate the successes of 2017, and gear up for 2018!