Danny Wright

Executive Director at Gravity Water

In 2011, while traveling through Central America, Danny came up with an idea on how to create an affordable, sustainable, long-lasting, and energy-free way to provide access to safe drinking water; it combined rainwater catchment, storage, and gravity-powered filtration, which could be used in any country that received sufficient rainfall and had access to basic construction materials. After completing his studies in 2014, he decided to embark on a path less taken and began traveling to gain a better understanding of the Global Water Crisis and people’s relationship with water throughout different cultures. This led him to Nepal, where he turned his concept into reality, creating the Nation’s first energy-independent water filtration and storage system. In turn, Gravity Water was formed, creating the space for passionate individuals to get involved in creating a long-term solution to the Global Water Crisis for at-risk communities around the world.

Danny has been developing his skill-set and experience in working with developing communities, water health, and non-profit management throughout the last ten years. He initially received his Environmental Studies, B.A., from the University of Santa Barbara, California, where he concentrated on climate change, ecology, and community-based conservation. Following his studies in Santa Barbara, Danny completed his Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy M.Sc. at the California State University, Monterey Bay, where he focused on watershed science, water quality, and international water management, attending supplemental courses at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Danny gained his experience outside the education sector through extensive travel in developing nations, helping grow an environmental education non-profit (SproutUp) in Santa Cruz, and creating and managing the largest and most extensive community-based water quality monitoring program within the U.S., through his work with the non-profit organization, Surfrider Foundation.

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  • Executive Director

    Current role

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