The Water For People Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Colleen Stiles as Water For People’s Chief Executive Officer. Water for People, an international nonprofit organization that supports the development of safe drinking water resources and improved sanitation facilities in developing countries, selected Ms. Stiles from a field of nearly 100 candidates. She assumed her new role on August 15, 2007.
Ms. Stiles has been a guest lecturer/faculty speaker for numerous colleges and universities, and has served on the faculty of the National Academy of Volunteerism, the National Minority Leadership Program, and the Gateman Institute for Small Business. She is a published writer and an in-demand speaker on a variety of topics, including business strategy and personal growth.
In 1998, Ms. Stiles developed Greatness in Giving, Inc., which provides philanthropic and strategic business services to foundations, corporations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private entities. She has served Fortune 500 companies in strategic decision making, acquisition strategies, vision casting, risk analysis, and goal realignment.
Ms. Stiles holds an MA in Communications, magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University. She earned her BA in Communications and Sociology, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota. She is happily married to Kevin Kraus, an executive with Hewlett-Packard. The couple lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., with their 19-year-old twins, Keegan and Kevyn.