Big news! DIGDEEP has a new Director for People and Places!
Meet Tawny Valencia, a first generation American with a love for storytelling and a killer laugh. She’s in charge of DIGDEEP’s partnerships and events.
We wanted to give you a chance to get to know Tawny, so we asked her some questions…
DD: Well first off, your name, title, and social security number. (Or at least the first two).
Tawny: Tawny Valencia. Director for People and Places.
DD: Where are you from?
Tawny: Los Angeles native! (I know it’s rare.)
DD: What is your favorite color?
Tawny: I’m a little obsessed with the blue and purple family, so shades like periwinkle and turquoise are great - but really not a fan of Tiffany blue. (I call it the effects of the 64 Crayola crayon box.)
DD: YES! Our Navajo Water Project is all about turquoise! (And some other things, too…) What is your favorite drink (besides water)?
Tawny: A little Jamaican drink called Kola champagne. It’s an island version of a cream soda. Yummy!
DD: What is the most significant activity you pursue on a regular basis that requires clean water?
Tawny: Hand washing. I used to work at a children’s hospital and became hyper-aware of the million and one ways germs are spread.
DD: What would we find in your refrigerator?
Tawny: Well, I was really spoiled as a kid with fruits and veggies from Central America so I regularly have a coconut, fresh pineapple, plantains, yucca, some form of protein like a homemade lemon chicken salad and/or Caribbean leftovers. Oh and the freezer usually has a bucket of Breyer’s vanilla ice cream for the win!
DD: For the edification of our more intellectual supporters, what’s the last book you read and which is your favorite?
Tawny: I just started Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In - a great tool for women looking for progress in the workforce. My all-time favorite is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.
DD: How many bottles of water do you think we consume every year, per capita?
Tawny: Too many!
DD: Great answer. Second-to-lastly: how have your friends and loved ones reacted to your new job? What would you want them all to understand about what you do?
Tawny: They are unanimously excited and supportive. I really try to re-iterate to them that DIGDEEP is not a “water charity” but a human rights non-profit.
DD: Lastly: If there were one thing related to water and sanitation worldwide that you would like to affect or change in the coming years, what would it be? (And don’t say ending the water crisis – I mean, baby steps…)
Tawny: Water education for young children. I think young children really take home a lot of what they learn to their household. I believe that adults actually learn more from children than we’d like to admit.