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 Frazierdeveloper
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.
Activist, Advocate, Artist
Jill Jacobs is an expert in global and regional issues for persons with disabilities and populations in crisis. community leader and disability activist. Jill is a senior public health expert at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she advises on projects for the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other agencies on long-term care, managed care, and policy, among other matters.
For two decades Jill has analyzed policy and worked toward improved health and disability programs and services at local, state, and federal levels. Jill’s ability to spot trends and analyze emerging data combined with her gift for creative problem-solving and an advocate’s heart has led to better outcomes for disabled and elderly persons around the world.
Jill founded and served for eighteen years as the CEO of Ability Unleashed, a Medicaid case management agency. Jill has held executive positions at various nonprofit and government entities and served on boards to include the World Association of People with Disabilities, and UCP of Washington & Northern Virginia. She is currently on the boards of the National Council on Independent Living and the Moses West Foundation.
Jill is a passionate and deeply committed changemaker for people with disabilities and our elders; she is known for her willingness to dive headfirst into even the most daunting efforts. In 1998, she got involved as a key organizer in a campaign to get a statue of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated in his wheelchair at the national monument in Washington, DC. From that point forward, she has been a grassroots organizer in the disability arena.
More recently, Jill has organized healthcare protests, human rights marketing campaigns, and relief efforts for the most marginalized communities. She led disaster response efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Maria resulting in lifesaving outcomes for disabled people in Houston and Puerto Rico. Gathering celebrity endorsements and funds as well as crowd-sourced grassroots support, Jill obtained clothing, water, food, medicine and medical care and transported them to disabled people in need. She provided rescue by ground, sea and air and arranged housing, social services and care for evacuees.
Her experience as a management professional, as well as her own experience with disability and as the mother of two disabled people, gives Jill special insight into the needs of people with disabilities, especially as it pertains to families. For her work advancing rights and access of disabled military family members, the United States Army awarded Jill the Dr. Mary E. Walker Medal of Honor.
Jill enjoys expressing herself creatively not only through advocacy, but also via the arts. She is an accomplished visual artist whose work has shown in New York, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Jill lives in Washington, DC, is a mother of four, a grandmother, and has recently adopted two kittens.
Chief Contracting Officer / Logistics
An experienced Business professional with over 25 years in logistics management with a keen sense for innovating and collaboration in order to improve performance and increase profitability. Leveraging his ability to coach and mentor in order to achieve optimal productivity as well as professionally developing teams. Dexter's role as AWG's Chief Contracting Officer is to apply analytical and problem-solving skill sets in order to enhance contractual and logistical programs that identify operational gaps in order to provide AWG a solid footing in providing sustainable cost saving favorable business solutions that provide atmospheric water generation empowerment globally.
As the Chief Executive Officer of Log-Con, LLC, Dexter provides logistical services that leverages his expertise in domestic and international solutions that provided cost savings while maximizing time to market for logistical projects no matter if the project is local or on a global scale. Log-Con, LLC facilitates a full-service freight project management system dedicated to reducing freight costs that drive bottom line metrics delivering operational cost savings. Focused on hands on customer service Log-Con, LLC eliminates logistics management concerns through a unique combination of industry synergy, scalability, and data driven insight
Dr. Les Sheparddeveloper
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.