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Founders' Biography

Connie Nielsen

Connie Nielsen is a Danish actor with a passion for alleviating poverty around the world. She co-founded Human Needs Project with David Warner in 2010 with a commitment to providing clean water services to the residents of Kibera slum in Kenya, after filming a movie there and forming a deep connection with the local community. Dedicated to a holistic approach to the issues of sanitation and poverty, Connie believes that complex problems require complex solutions and she looks to the local stakeholders for partnership in coming up with the best solutions. She has been the keynote speaker at several major conferences including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's summit on water and sanitation in Barcelona in February 2013. Her achievements in the arts include roles in films such as Gladiator, Brothers, Rushmore, One Hour Photo and in several television series including most recently Showtime's The Boss. She continues her work in film alongside her full time commitment to Human Needs Project and her scholarship program for young girls in Kibera called Road To Freedom Scholarships.

David Warner

David is the CEO of Redhorse Constructors, an award winning green construction company in Northern California. He co-founded Human Needs project with Connie Nielsen in 2010 to bring a new level of quality water and sanitation services to Kibera slum, Kenya, via a state-of-the-art facility built with local labor forces at the highest construction standards. A UC Berkeley alum, David is a board member of the College of Natural Resources at his alma mater and is involved in several green energy initiatives. Twenty-five years ago, he founded Redhorse Constructors, which employs a company of multi-talented individuals dedicated to the building profession. As a firm, Redhorse attributes its success in the industry to open communication, proactive construction management, mentorship of co-workers and efficiency on the construction site. Since its formation, Redhorse has grown and matured into an exceptional special services builder. As a team, the firm’s motivation and passion in building comes from finding solutions to the challenges that occur when building unique and complex structures. As a result, Redhorse has formed great relationships with many of the leading design professionals in the Bay Area and beyond. David and his company strive to provide practical solutions to complicated issues involving all areas of the project such as difficult site conditions, integration of green building technologies, sophisticated mechanical and energy systems, and time/budget constraints. David and some of his team at Redhorse have brought this high level of expertise to developing and building the innovative Town Center.