John Oldfield

CEO, WASH Advocates


John Oldfield leads the efforts of WASH Advocates ( to increase awareness of the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of political, financial, and human capital devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world.

John previously founded two implementing nonprofits in the sector, and served as Executive Vice President with Water Advocates, an advocacy group in Washington, DC dedicated to increasing financial and political support for worldwide access to safe, affordable and sustainable supplies of drinking water and adequate sanitation.

Prior to Water Advocates John was a Vice President at a New York private equity firm specializing in leveraged buyouts and corporate divestitures. John has also worked at the National Academy of Sciences and for USAID contractors on democratization efforts throughout Africa.