Jasmine Burton graduated with Highest Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s (GT) School of Design with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial/Product Design. Prior to graduation, Burton founded Wish for WASH, LLC, a social impact startup intended to bring innovation to sanitation after her senior design team was the first all-female team to win the GT InVenture Prize Competition for their invention of the SafiChoo toilet in 2014. Burton led Wish for WASH in conducting iterative toilet innovation pilots and research in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia and in an Atlanta-based resettled refugee community all with a human-centered design and research lens. Burton continued to pursue her passion for hygienic, equitable, and sustainable sanitation as a 2016-2017 Rotary Global Grant Scholar and MSc in Public Health graduate student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine while representing Wish for WASH in a number of media outlets including CNN Money, Inc., WIRED, Fast Company, WSBTV and TEDxAtlanta. With 5 years of sanitation experience in the research, health communications, and social enterprise spaces, Burton identifies as a social impact designer and storyteller who seeks to utilize design thinking and business acumen to accelerate universal access to improved sanitation because #everybodypoops.
Jasmine is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia and is working as an ORISE Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Toilet Accelerator and Pipeline Manager of the Toilet Board Coalition, and the Social Inclusion Specialist at a gender equality startup, Equilo while bootstrapping Wish for WASH and working with the Women and Global Health team!
To learn more, check out Jasmine’s Power Stage Talk as a Women Deliver Young Leader at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-dwDTJVK1g
Areas of Interest:
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Gender Equity, Social Inclusion, Health Equity, Health Communications, Technology + Innovation, and Design Thinking