Shimkus will oversee ongoing efforts to support sanitation programs in developing countries
The Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) announced that David Shimkus joined the Global Sanitation Fund as its new program director, bringing to the fund more than 15 years of experience in international health and development. He will oversee the fund’s ongoing efforts to support community-led sanitation programs in developing countries, including resource mobilization, financial management, capacity building and program monitoring and evaluation.
“We are thrilled to have David Shimkus at the helm of WSSCC’s Global Sanitation Fund,” said WSSCC Executive Director Chris Williams. “He is a proven manager, leader and facilitator with a deep understanding of empowerment and community development. I am confident that under his leadership, the fund and its partners will help end open defecation and bring sanitation equity to millions more people in the developing world.”
Shimkus joins WSSCC from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), where he served as senior manager of global health partnerships. In that role, he provided financial and programmatic oversight for collaborations between UNOPS and major global health organizations. Prior to joining UNOPS, Shimkus was the director of business development for Pathfinder Intl., where he led global planning and resource mobilization for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and maternal and child health.
“I believe that sanitation is the crossroads of development — the focal point where wise investments can have a catalytic impact on all aspects of a community’s growth, from health to education to economic opportunity,” Shimkus said. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues at WSSCC and our many partners to build on the fund’s strong foundation and expand our reach in the years to come.”