Lifewater Announces Leadership Transition
After much reflection and consideration, Lifewater CEO Justin Narducci announced his resignation this past week to the Lifewater Board of Directors.
Justin served the organization for seven years, overseeing a period of exponential growth. What started as a team of six and a budget of $1.5M is now an organization with over 200 staff and a budget in excess of $7.5M. Under Justin’s leadership, Lifewater has grown its impact from serving 30,000 people in 2013 to 175,000 people in 2019.
In early October 2019, the Board of Directors provided Justin with a sabbatical to rest and recharge after a season of incredible organizational expansion. During this time of reflection, Justin felt a strong conviction that Lifewater International needed a new leader to take the organization to the next level.
“I want to sincerely thank each of you whom I’ve had the pleasure to serve alongside,” Justin said. “From those that supported this work financially and prayerfully, to those that have challenged us to continuously improve our programs to be among the most effective in the world.”
“Justin has set up the organization for tremendous future success,” said Lifewater Board Chair Karen Tobin. “We are sad to see him leave, but we are grateful for the significant contributions he has made toward the cause of providing clean water and improved health to the world’s most vulnerable.”
Prior to his sabbatical, Justin hired former board member David LeVan as COO in September of 2019; he has been serving as interim CEO since October. David joins Lifewater with more than 25 years of leadership experience in corporate, private, and local church settings. He will continue to serve as interim CEO while the Board of Directors convenes to establish a long-term leadership plan.
“You can rest assured that the organization is in good hands,” said Justin. “We have incredible leadership, capable and compassionate staff, and a very clear strategic plan. Lifewater’s best days are still ahead of it and I very much look forward to seeing where the Lord leads this ministry in the months and years to come.”
Justin will serve as a consultant for Lifewater during this time of transition. Additionally, he will continue to work on his book, “Compassion Matters,” which is scheduled to publish with Navpress Spring 2021.