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Alayne Potter

Senior Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Manager


MEM, Environmental Management, Duke University
BA, Political Science, Rice University

Alayne Potter is a Senior Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Manager, serving as a project manager and technical advisor on water, sanitation, and hygiene projects and proposals.

Ms. Potter previously worked as Deputy Chief of Party on the USAID/Water for Africa through Leadership and Institutional Support (WALIS) project. While on WALIS, she directed technical implementation on several activities across six countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including overseeing institutional capacity-building for local organizations, facilitating gender and social inclusion integration within water utilities, and improving data collection and monitoring on national and global water and sanitation indicators.

Her past projects with RTI include serving as a water and environment sector specialist, a role in which Ms. Potter supported USAID-funded activities and provided technical assistance to the international development group’s environmental team. In addition, her technical expertise contributed to projects focused on improving climate resilience, energy strategy, WASH, ending wildlife trafficking, and business development efforts.

Ms. Potter previously consulted for a Ugandan NGO working to improve local water quality and service delivery. She conducted household surveys, bacteriological and chemical water sampling, and geospatial analysis to understand water access, sanitation, and trends in rural areas. As a climate change mitigation research assistant, she used ArcGIS to map data on indoor health pollution and subsequent pollution of water resources in India caused by cookstoves for USAID-funded activity.

Ms. Potter was a Duke University Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship recipient for Arabic and certified in the ISO International non-sewered sanitation systems.

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