Katie Spotz '08

Major: Business and Economics
Service: Bike and Build - Habitat for Humanity
Work: Assistant in the Business Department
Current Job: Founder, Schools for Water and a Brand Representative for Liv/Giant and Kinetico Inc.

Spotz set a world record as the youngest person to row across the Atlantic ocean solo, covering 3038 miles in 70 days while increasing awareness and raising money for safe drinking water worldwide. She accomplished both her goals and to date has raised $150,000 for the Blue Planet Run Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds safe drinking water projects for people around the world. She speaks at schools and health/fitness centers across the United States and Canada to promote more personal responsibility for water conservation.

In 2011, Katie founded Schools for Water, a charity to raise awareness and funds for schools-based water projects in developing nations. In 2012, she enrolled in a MA in Social Entrepreneurship program at Goldsmiths, University of London, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to continue to act as a change agent for social causes.

Learn more about Katie on her web site or watch her interview with Anderson Cooper.

“It was important for me to be a school where people ‘got it’. Warren Wilson definitely played a role in who I am today. I was blown away by how inspiring Warren Wilson students are. Everyone is involved in so many interesting things and this encouraged me to continue on my path.”