About The Human Utility

The Human Utility's mission is to preserve human dignity by increasing water affordability for all families in the United States through crowdfunding, community-building, and policy action.


The team


Tiffani Ashley Bell is Founder and Executive Director of The Human Utility.

Tiffani is a Y Combinator not-for-profit alumna. She was a 2017 Technology & Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was also a 2014 Code for America Fellow and previously, was the CEO & founder of Pencil You In, enabling businesses to accept appointments online.

Tiffani is a developer working primarily with Ruby on Rails and iOS. She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Systems & Computer Science.


Marie Torres is Customer Service Manager at The Human Utility.

Marie previously served as the Executive in Charge of Edward Charles Foundation (ECF), a recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a fiscal sponsor to other nonprofit organizations, causes and initiatives (Sponsees). During her time with ECF, Marie spent her days tending to all of ECF’s 80 plus Sponsees.

Marie also served as an Executive with Project 360, an organization dedicated to cause marketing. In that position, she provided assistance with the production of merchandise and the execution of charity fundraising events and campaigns, including #ShareYourColors and #TheButterflyEffectx360.

In her free time, Marie is actively involved with The Crayon Initiative, an organization dedicated to keeping used crayons out of landfills by remanufacturing and distributing them to children’s hospitals across the country.

Marie has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with emphasis in Accounting.