Who We Are

We’re a diverse community of talented change-makers who believe that every American should have clean, running water for life.

We defend water access as a human right.

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100% of donations fund projects in the field.

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Team DIGDEEP

George McGraw

George McGraw

Founder, Executive Director

George has a simple goal: to change the way people think about water. He built DIGDEEP to defend access to clean water as a basic human right.
@gcmginge

Tawny Valencia

Tawny Valencia

Director for People and Places

Tawny is a first generation American with a love for storytelling and development. She also has a killer laugh, which is why she’s in charge of DIGDEEP’s partnerships and events.

Emma Robbins

Emma Robbins

American Projects Director

Emma is a Navajo artist and activist. Growing up, her grandparents didn’t have running water or electricity. She’s a native warrior princess with a dog/sidekick named Cindy Sherman and she runs our projects in the US.
@emmarobbinz

Annie Begay

Annie Begay

Field Coordinator

Annie Begay grew up in Thoreau, NM, the headquarters of our Navajo Water Project. Annie’s a volunteer firefighter, a fixer of just about anything, and a total boss. She coordinates our work in the field.

The Fellows

Amy Abshier

Amy Abshier

American Projects Fellow

When she was little Amy would tell people, “I’m going to change the world.” Now she’s studying psychology and studio art at Colgate. We’re big fans of Amy and her drive to make change, but her biggest fan by far is her pet tortoise, Rufus.

Alex (Lixie) Azad

Alex (Lixie) Azad

American Projects Fellow

Lixie is a native Angeleno studying English and American politics at Vassar. She’s a total bleeding heart. She wants to study law so she can advocate for human and animal welfare, mostly because “dogs are the best.”

Sean Dempsey

Sean Dempsey

American Projects Fellow

Sean is an aerospace engineer, but he’s making the switch to water and sanitation. (He also moonlights at the USC Hydrologic Research Center.) Sean is part Wernher von Braun and Part Indiana Jones — he has worked and adventured all over Latin America and Europe.

Gaby Chermezi

Gaby Chermezi

Storytelling Fellow

Gaby is always sketching something (at this moment, it’s an imaginary museum exhibit for NASA). She’s also studying Data Analytics at Chapman University. One day she wants to blend her data and design skills to develop assistive technologies for people with disabilities.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Multimedia Fellow

Alex goes to Penn State (GO LIONS). She’s a telecom major with some serious editing and filmmaking skills. She loves to travel, she loves football, and she loves the idea of settling in the Bay area some day.

Seeking change-makers

DIGDEEP doesn't have coffee-fetching interns, we have world-changing Fellows.
Our Fellows are creative, meticulous and (most importantly) an integral part of the team.

Board & Advisors

  • George McGraw

    Founder
  • David Hayes

    Wharton Smith
  • Joni Abdalla

    Wee Believers
  • Bradley Brown

    Pennant Capital Management
  • Marin Babb

    NBC Universal
  • Karla Alfaro

    CCC of America

Contact Us

We are based in Central Los Angeles, in Echo Park. Need to get in touch? Just send us an email.

323.250.3844

The DIGDEEP right to water project is a 501(c)(3) EIN 46-0686920