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Eleanor Allen

Eleanor is the Lead Executive at B Lab Global. She is leading the nonprofit network to transform the global economy and benefit all people, communities, and the planet. Eleanr is driven by a personal purpose of improving the quality of life for people and the planet. She began her career in the Peace Corps as a water and sanitation volunteer. A civil engineer by trade, she spent over 20 years as a consulting engineer. Before B Lab, Eleanor served as CEO of Water For People. Eleanor’s passions include building high-performing multi-cultural teams grounded in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; incorporating personal wellbeing practices into daily life; and mentoring social change makers and STEM professionals. If Eleanor is not riding her bike, she is exploring Colorado and the world with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.

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Sustainable Development; Circular Economy; Water; Behavioural Sciences; Infrastructure; Entrepreneurship
Areas of Impact
Latin America, South Asia, Africa, Uganda, Bolivia, Honduras, Malawi, India, Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Rwanda

Water For People

Water For People is a global non-profit working in nine countries in Africa, Latin America and India to help develop sustainable water and sanitation services. It is recognized as an innovative leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector through its innovative approach to development, which brings together local entrepreneurs, technology, governments and communities to create quality, reliable and lasting systems and services.

Water For People's 2017-2021 Strategic Plan aims to increase alignment with Sustainable Development Goal 6 - sustainable water and sanitation for all. Water For People has three strategic goals: proof, global leadership and scale. Its impact model, called Everyone Forever aims to achieve quality, lasting water and sanitation services for every family, clinic and school. Everyone Forever builds the infrastructure, at both the district and the national level, to enable all people in a specific area (districts) to have water and sanitation services. It measures these services at the household level, at the public institution level (clinics and schools), and at the community level using its monitoring framework.

Through the development of community drinking water systems, household sanitation, water resources management, hygiene education, sustainable financing, and integrated programming for clinics and schools, Water For People works to advocate for improved services and to help build the capacity of communities to manage their own water and sanitation systems. Water For People simultaneously works to build the capacity of local businesses to provide the necessary products and services to sustain water and sanitation services. The ultimate goal of Everyone Forever is for these communities, districts and countries to never again need to rely on an international aid funding or technical support to address their water and sanitation challenges.


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