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 water access programs.

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Team DIGDEEP

George McGraw

George McGraw

Founder, CEO

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

Annie Lascoe

Annie Lascoe

Chief Relationship Officer

Annie loves collaborating with innovators and visionaries seeking to help solve the water crisis in America. A social worker and social entrepreneur, she is constantly inspired by ordinary people accomplishing tremendous change in the world. Her favorite things are mermaids, cheese, and remote beach vacations.

Julie Waechter

Julie Waechter

Chief Program Officer

Julie loves seeing people thrive when they have reliable access to safe water. Whether it is part of her work or in her free time, she loves traveling, meeting new people, going on adventures, and playing soccer.

Emma Robbins

Emma Robbins

Navajo Water Project 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 $herman and she runs our projects in the US.  

Yma Dandridge

Yma Dandridge

Culture and Operations Manager

Yma is passionate about equity in water access and education. She loves reading and is always on the hunt for a great story. When she’s not reading, she’s either tending to her plants, doing yoga, or out on a run.

Cindy Howe

Cindy Howe

Northwest New Mexico Project Manager

Cindy is a resident of Prewitt, NM, and has been a community leader for over 18 years. Bringing water to Navajo families she goes home happy and sleeps easy. She keeps things running at the Navajo Water Project. 

Shanna Yazzie

Shanna Yazzie

Navajo Mountain Project Manager

Shanna is a local of Western Navajo, residing in Cameron, AZ. She is an entrepreneur, who runs, travels, and is learning to live off the grid (again). She loves watching families turning on a facet and witnessing running water flow for the first time in their home.

Kaitlin Harris

Kaitlin Harris

Field Engineer

Kaitlin, a sometimes wanderer, and longtime advocate of community-led projects, has built a career on the intersection of anthropology and environmental engineering. Afterhours, you can find her dancing, writing poems, and unequivocally supporting her people.

Katie Janss

Katie Janss

Research Assistant

Katie is dedicated to building a more sustainable future. In her free time, she drinks too much coffee and bothers her cat. At DIGDEEP she runs research for the Navajo Water Project.  

Cadence Calixto

Cadence Calixto

Development Coordinator

Cadence is passionate about environmental justice, empowering marginalized communities, and baking chocolate chip cookies. When she’s not at DIGDEEP, she’s playing ukulele, petting dogs, or painting.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Water & Solar Technician Foreman

Brian is originally from Continental Divide, NM. His biggest satisfaction is knowing he helped someone get fresh water. When he’s not working, you can find him in Gallup eating Mexican food and watching the Broncos.

Don Begay

Don Begay

Water Tech

Don is originally from Phoenix, AZ, but has invested his 37 years with the love of his life, Mae, at their home in Bluewater Lake, NM. Firefighter/EMS are his 2nd hands on. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens

Ernest Largo

Ernest Largo

Water Tech

Ernest was born and raised in Mariano Lake, NM. He enjoys working on a team that brings running water to those that do not have it. In his spare time he volunteers building homes for families in need.

Kenneth Chavez

Kenneth Chavez

Water Tech

Kenneth is originally from Thoreau, NM. He loves seeing the expressions on families faces when they see running water in their homes for the very first time. His loves his wife’s enchiladas and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Donovan Smallcanyon

Donovan Smallcanyon

Water & Solar Technician

I enjoy working alongside the DIGDEEP Team to bring home water solutions to families to enjoy. In my free time I’m an active runner with a “GO ONE MORE/ WIN THE DAY BACK” attitude!

Latimer Sherman

Latimer Sherman

Water & Solar Technician

Latimer raises endurance horses. He is a farrier/equine dentist. He loves learning new trades and working with his hands.

Stanley Holiday

Stanley Holiday

Water & Solar Technician

Stanley doesn’t like to take or make short cuts, because it only takes a few minutes to do it right. He doesn’t always take, and he always gives back some. He is nice! He takes it one day at a time.

Leroy Klassen

Leroy Klassen

Water & Solar Technician

Leroy is from Ganado, AZ, and was raised in Kansas. He grew up working on farm machinery, doing general construction, and has years of assembling parts and different materials. He enjoys making a positive difference in helping bring water to grandmas and grandpas in very rural reservation housing.

Alberta Yazzie

Alberta Yazzie

Water & Solar Technician

Alberta is from Seba Delkia, AZ. She is a strong, amazing Blue Star mom. She’s skillful and silly. She enjoys lifting others up and seeing the smiles when her Dine’ people get water and lights in their homes.

Ann Le

Ann Le

Finance Manager

Ann has been cheerleading for DigDeep and George since they started in 2013! Ann is an entrepreneur and she’s thrilled to be helping an organization that aligns with her passion for supporting underserved populations, social justice and climate change.

Tiernan Hebron

Tiernan Hebron

Social Media Coordinator

Tiernan’s a prolific writer, an avid feminist activist and thinks social media is both horrible and amazing. She loves fries, pugs, and travel.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

DIGDEEP Pup

Cindy $herman is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She loves flying and exploring airports. She’s an advocate for water access– for both humans and her fellow pups.  

The Fellows

Chloe Simpson

Chloe Simpson

Development Fellow

Chloe is a third-year International Development Studies major at UCLA and is passionate about human rights, sustainability, and gender equity. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, drinking coffee, and tending to her vegetable garden.

Board Of Directors

  • George McGraw

    Founder
  • David Hayes

    Wharton Smith
  • Flip Croft-Caderao

    Greenlit Agency
  • Steve McCormick

    Draper Richards Kaplan
  • Laurie Peter

    LCSW
  • Gloria Cordero

    Metropolitan Water Board of Los Angeles
  • Dain Hansen

    IAPMO
  • Ann Marie Chischilly, Esq.

    Executive Director Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Northern Arizona University
  • Amy Herskovitz

    Fortitude Fund
  • Jay Wicklund

    Wilkinson Construction Company, Inc.

Board Of Advisors

  • Marin Babb

    NBC Universal
  • Ann Marie Chischilly, Esq.

    Northern Arizona University
  • Karan Mistry

    Boston Consulting Group
  • Rob Rhinehart

    Soylent, MarsBio
  • Valerie Weisen

    CPA

Contact Us

We are based in Downtown Los Angeles, in the Arts District. Need to get in touch? Just send us an email.

424.285.0773

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