EWB-USA’s Guatemala Deputy Director, Waleska Crowe, is a bookworm and outdoor enthusiast who loves to spend time with her family. In the office, she focuses her energy on fostering strong relationships with EWB-USA chapters, communities and partners working in Guatemala.
How did you first learn about and get involved with EWB-USA?
I first became involved with EWB-USA in 2013 when I started to collaborate with a cluster of EWB-USA chapters from Wisconsin. From Guatemala, I was able to assist them in coordinating their projects.
Tell us about your new role here! Who will you interact with and impact the most?
As Deputy Director, I help establish and uphold the structure and procedures for the national and regional offices in Guatemala by networking with different EWB-USA stakeholders. My work directly impacts the experience of EWB-USA chapters working in Guatemala, while ensuring a quality experience for the partner communities and other participants.
What part of your job are you most excited about and why?
I am excited about bringing all the EWB-USA pieces together by building strong relationships with national and international agencies, chapters, communities and local governments. I’m excited to work with a wide range of people, and that in the end, all of our efforts are focused on serving communities that need EWB-USA’s assistance to help meet their basic human needs.
What’s the most unique/interesting/impactful engineering project you have helped implement?
Throughout my time, I have been lucky to be involved in a variety of EWB-USA projects, including water, school construction and bridge projects. I think all of them have impacted people’s lives in very important ways. From saving energy for breastfeeding mothers who no longer have to carry water to improving the experience and safety of young students to giving people access to health clinics no matter what the weather, the impact is tremendous.
What does “engineering change” mean to you?
For me, engineering change means the design and construction of projects that open doors to opportunities for communities to work their way out of poverty.
How do you spend your free time?
When I’m not in the office, I love spending time with my family, going out for bike rides, swimming, reading and watching movies.