George McGraw is a human rights advocate specializing in the human right to water and sanitation in the United States. George currently serves as founder and CEO of DigDeep, the only WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) organization serving disadvantaged communities in the United States. Founded in Los Angeles in 2011, DigDeep develops education, research and infrastructure programs aimed at extending access to clean, hot-and-cold running water to every American.
Under George’s leadership, DigDeep won the 2018 US Water Prize for its Navajo Water Project, which has brought clean, running water to hundreds of Native families across New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Now George is leading an effort with Michigan State University, the US Water Alliance and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the root causes of domestic water poverty, which still afflicts some 1.6 million Americans without access to running water or basic sanitation.
George has written on water for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Nation, and spoken at events hosted by the Clinton Foundation, the Atlantic, and Ford. The UN Foundation named George one of its 17 “Local Globalists” and he is currently serving as Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Stanford University. George holds an M.A. in International Law and Conflict Management from the United Nations University for Peace.