Susan M. Davis

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Susan is passionate about truly making a difference in the lives of people in developing countries by improving how we in the international development sector do our work and measure our success. She promotes sustainability with learning events for peers and donors and by supporting evidence-based decision making.

She has 21 years of leadership roles in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds, addressing environmental and human health problems domestically and internationally. She served on the boards of the Millennium Water Alliance and the WASH Advocacy Initiative, and is a subject matter advisor to the Foundation Center’s site. Susan has evaluated water and other international development projects in 16 countries. Before founding Improve International, she was on the Senior Management Team at Water For People and helped lead them to effect transformative approaches to water and sanitation problems. She began her work in international development with WaterPartners International (now, and has also worked with CARE USA (including a secondment to the Coca-Cola 2008 Olympic Project Group as where she managed a $1 million water project in rural China), and ABB Environmental Services, among others.

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