Rich Thorsten was a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to graduate school, Rich worked for seven years with a non-profit resource conservation organization in Austin, Texas and a non-profit growth management advocacy group in Seattle, Washington. He has also worked for Research Triangle Institute, and U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Currently he studies water and sanitation issues in developing countries, particularly the impact of ownership on water utility performance. Rich has conducted research on behalf of the World Bank to examine the relative role of post-construction assistance in promoting sustainable rural water systems in Peru and Ghana. He worked with the EFC to study water and sewer rates and rate structures and their relationships to the financial impacts of different policies and scenarios at the household and utility levels.