Meet Our Team

Moses West

Founder of AWG Contracting and Water Rescue, The Moses West Foundation

Moses West is the Founder and owner of AWG Contracting. Mr West combines a very unique background as a prior member of the United States Armed Forces where he is an esteemed member of the 75th Ranger Regiment, the Second Armored Division, the Second Infantry Division, the Seventh Cavalry Regiment and the 101st Airborne Division. The experiences of military deployment provided Mr. West with unique appreciation for the value of water and his advanced technical skills, thus propelling him into his lifelong mission of producing the leading edge of the most advanced technology to produce water from air. AWG Contracting under the guidance of Mr. West has successfully completed deployments of large AWG Units to Puerto Rico, and recently to Flint, Michigan providing an extremely pure and unlimited source of free water to the residents all on donations. The mission to Puerto Rico was the first time that any technology such as this has even been powered by solar energy. Mr. West is currently developing new methods of implementation of his technology to include social responsibility and ownership of local water, food and energy production based around the science of centralized "point specific" water production from the atmosphere. 

Latoya Ruby Frazier

Artist, Photographer, Human Rights Activist

LaToya Ruby Frazier is a visual artist known for collaborative storytelling with the people who appear in her photographs, videos, and texts. Her use of the photograph as a platform for social justice is rooted in her commitment to expose the violation of basic human rights and promote environmental justice, access to healthcare, education, employment, migration, immigration, and equity.  Her photographs often become a source of empowerment that lead to creative solutions. She is a 2015 TED Fellow and MacArthur "Genius Grant Fellow." Some of her work, featuring images of her mother and grandmother, was published in her first book, The Notion of Family, which received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award. She is also known for her work Flint Is Family, portraits of three generations of women surviving the man-made water crisis in Flint, Michigan; And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise, documenting coalminers' reflections on their memories of migration, immigration, work and labor in the coal mining village of Borinage, Belgium; and The Last Cruze, a photographic monument and memorial for the labor union United Auto Workers Local 1112 in Lordstown, Ohio. Frazier documented the unallocated status and closure of the General Motors Lordstown Complex in northeast Ohio and the impact on autoworkers, their families, and community. In 2020, Frazier was named the inaugural recipient of the Gordon Parks Foundation/Steidl prize for artists whose practices reflect and extend Gordon Parks’s legacy of using photography as a tool to advance social justice; this award will culminate in the publication of a book with Steidl, anticipated in 2021.LaToya Ruby Frazier is an Associate Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently lives and works. She is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York and Rome.

Jill Jacobs

Coordinator

Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and versatile professional with 20+ years of progressive leadership experience spanning health, disability, and family advocacy. Extremely knowledgeable health and disability policy/program analyst adept at creating and promoting strategic information campaigns and developing real programs that support real people. Sought-after public speaker and grass roots leader with a natural ability to engage, invigorate and persuade. Innovative and resourceful problem solver dedicated to building support, obtaining consensus and achieving organizational mission/vision.  Support, coordination and leadership for consecutive natural disasters where minimal to zero services existed for individuals with disabilities in the region. Conducted information campaign to gain attention and support including funds, celebrity endorsement, and in-kind donation of clothing, medical equipment, water, food, medical care, housing, transport, personnel, warehouses, and construction equipment. Organized, coordinated, and managed large organizations and individual volunteers on the ground and virtually. Orchestrated receiving and distribution of millions of pounds of supplies, including redistribution strategy for multiple warehouses full of donated goods abandoned stateside. Leveraged years of experience and personal/professional network. 

Dr. Les Shepard

Chair , Scientist, Founder of NEXAS : Energy - Water Solutions

Les Shephard recently founded NEXAS: Energy – Water Solutions, dedicated to providing clean, reliable and resilient water and energy supplies to communities of need in the U. S. and elsewhere. Shephard is also affiliated with the Department of Physics, University of La Laguna, Tenarife Spain as a Research Associate pursuing clean energy – safe water solutions for island states.  Previously, Shephard spent 10 years at the University of Texas, San Antonio as the McDermott Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Founding Director for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute.  Dr. Shephard also served as the Vice President of Energy, Water and Nonproliferation at Sandia National Laboratories where he was actively engaged in pursuing technology solutions that address our 21stst century energy, water, security and environmental challenges and in leading programs that contribute to economic prosperity and global stability in regions of high strategic importance to the United States.