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.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

DIGDEEP Pup

Cindy $herman is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She loves traveling, especially flying and exploring airports. She spends most of her time in LA and on the Rez/Navajo Nation. Cindy loves laying in the sun, hiking, eating chicken and red bell peppers, and cuddling. She’s an advocate for water access– she loves getting other dogs and humans alike safe drinking water. Cindy is named after one of her mom’s favorite artists.

The Fellows

Alissa Benchimol

Alissa Benchimol

American Projects Fellow

Alissa recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Sustainability in which she focused on energy access in developing countries. She is pursuing a career in human rights, equity, and environmental protection nexus. She will always find time to drink coffee, go for a hike, and practice yoga & meditation.

Lisa Robbins

Lisa Robbins

American Projects Fellow

Lisa is from Cameron, Arizona, Navajo Nation. She grew up without electricity. She plays & composes music and builds furniture. She is a strong advocate for environmental awareness, especially on Indigenous lands. Her goal in life is to represent and give back to her family, community, and land. The reason she does everything that she does is because of the strong women in her life: her mom and bimasaní.

Ethan Rayner

Ethan Rayner

American Projects Fellow

Ethan recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with majors in History and Politics. He is passionate about water policy and believes that everyone has a right to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water. He enjoys backpacking, stargazing, and is currently on a super-caffeinated quest to find the best cup of coffee in LA.

Devin Barbin

Devin Barbin

Development Fellow

Devin is a third year student at the University of California, Los Angeles majoring in Communication and minoring in Entrepreneurship. She aspires to work in the nonprofit field after graduation. Main food groups include dessert and coffee and she is always on the hunt for the best spots for each.

Tiernan Hebron

Tiernan Hebron

Storytelling Fellow

Tiernan has a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Anthropology from San Francisco State University. She writes about all things social justice, is an avid feminist activist, and thinks social media is both horrible and amazing. She loves fries, pugs, and travel.

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
  • Laurie Peter

    LCSW
  • Flip Croft-Caderao

    The Infinite Agency

Contact Us

We are based in Central Los Angeles, in Echo Park. 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