Rayanne Hawkins - President
Rayanne joined DCNI in 2015 after completing her MBA at Georgetown University where she was a student member. She is currently the Business Operations Manager for the Pay for Success Initiative at the Urban Institute where she creates and manages the Pay for Success Initiative budget, oversees operational aspects of program implementation, and hosts an online support center for pay for success technical assistance.
Her MBA focus was the study of alternative funding for social impact which includes financing public infrastructure projects, as well as social programs. Through her MBA studies she has developed a business plan for a workforce development social enterprise in Southeast, DC as well as assisted the government of Peru's national investment agency, ProInversión, with a public private partnership marketing plan.
Rachel Plett - Executive Vice President
Rachel is an impact driven professional with 8 years’ experience leading innovative initiatives for a breadth of impact economy organizations to address issues of representation and diversity, sustainable development, education, and environmental conservation. Peace Corps service inspired her to pivot into social enterprise and impact investing, and ultimately pursue her MBA at Rotterdam School of Management.
Up to now her career in impact investing has been singularized by driving ecosystem solutions like the DC Civic Innovation Council which connects mission focused investors to social enterprises and fosters a robust and inclusive marketplace in Washington DC. Post MBA, she's seeking opportunities to continue making contributions to the ongoing evolution of the standards and soft/digital infrastructure that support impact investing, as well as, apply and develop the skills in analysis (i.e., financial, strategic, data) and structured problem solving she acquired during her MBA.
Lane Wollerton - VP, Partnerships and Community Engagement
Lane currently works in downtown DC as the Manager of Strategic Partnerships at the American Psychological Association. In her role, she strives to align corporate partners with the association’s mission to advance psychology to benefit society and improve people’s lives. Before starting at the APA in June of 2017, she worked at Mediaplanet Group, a content marketing and native advertising firm based in NYC. In her role there, she oversaw national social impact campaigns on topics ranging from wildlife preservation and human trafficking to opioid addiction. A native of Arlington, Virginia, Lane graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2012. She is passionate about aligning businesses with causes that can solve critical global social and sustainability problems, and has been on the Net Impact board since 2017.
Mark Bershatsky - VP, Programming and Events
Mark has been a member of Net Impact since 2007 and joined the DC board in 2014. He is most passionate about resource efficiency and fighting climate change, especially on an international scale, and so his mission with Net Impact is to connect other similar-minded people. Mark’s career in renewable energy started in 2007 on Wall Street, raising capital for both renewable energy project developers and energy technology companies. Most recently, Mark served as a financial subject matter expert for Booz Allen Hamilton in advising the US Army on implementing its renewable energy program. In his spare time, Mark enjoys soccer, mountain biking, following the stock market, and loves bar trivia. Mark holds an MBA in Strategy & Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University and a B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Michigan.
Brian Gilman - VP, Programming and Events
Brian joined the the Net Impact board in 2018. Originally from Rhode Island, he began his tenure in DC at Greenpeace USA working to advocate for the reform of toxic chemical regulations under the Clean Water Act. Motivated by mission-driven work, he then joined McKinley Advisors, a small strategy consulting firm providing services to an exclusively non-profit client base. Leveraging his knack for providing outside-the-box solutions to complex challenges, Brian is now a management consultant at Eagle Hill Consulting, where he supports a range of public, private, and non-profit organizations in the areas of business strategy, organizational transformation, human capital transformation, process improvement, program management, and change management. Brian graduated from Connecticut College in 2014 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and is passionate about merging his sustainability and business interests.
Julian Guelig - VP, Programming and Events
Julian is an international development professional with a passion for women’s economic empowerment. She currently conducts business development for Chemonics, a leading international development-consulting firm, working primarily in east and southern Africa. Julian believes in a grassroots approach and gets the most satisfaction from working closely with the key stakeholders. A native of rural Pennsylvania, Julian graduated from Tulane University with a dual degree in Economics and International Development. Following graduation, Julian was a Fulbright scholar in Brazil where she implemented cross-cultural programs at the federal university in Mato Grosso. Julian is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. She joined the board in 2018.
Alissa Kirby - VP, Programming and Events
Alissa is extremely passionate about social and environmental justice issues, and has dedicated her studies, career, and extracurricular activities to achieving progress in those areas. She earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from American University, where much of her research focused on exploring the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on public health. This led to her work at Environmental Working Group helping to manage their cosmetic database Skin Deep. Her interest in environmental preservation and sustainability also inspired her to train as a campaign organizer with Greenpeace during her time in school. After college, Alissa moved to LA where she worked on a variety of campaigns for Food & Water Watch and 350.org, including pursuing a moratorium on fracking, eliminating antibiotics in food, and divesting from fossil fuels, among others.
Alissa recently returned to the D.C. area where she is excited to combine her scientific and advocacy background with an interest in socially responsible business practices, and hopes to make a positive impact on the DC environmental community. In her free time, Alissa is a Singer/Musician, loves to go on long hikes, and is an avid knitter.
Michael Marron - VP, Finance
Michael is a senior accountant at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm headquartered in Washington DC. He is responsible for several accounting functions, including revenue recognition, treasury management, and financial reporting. Prior to joining Arabella, Michael began his career as a senior associate at KPMG, where he coordinated the planning and execution of compliance, financial statement, and integrated audit engagements for clients in sectors such as energy and natural resources, health care, manufacturing, and construction. Most recently, Michael served as the assistant controller for a Midwest-based commodity trading company. He is registered as a certified public accountant in his home state of Nebraska, and holds a BS from the University of Nebraska, where he double majored in accounting and Spanish. Michael joined Net Impact as a board member in 2018, and he believes strongly in the vision of the organization to use the power of business to drive transformational social and environmental change.
Laura Zaim - VP, Communications
Laura is a committed environmentalist and Venture Partner at New Crop Capital, an early stage venture capital fund investing in companies developing meat, dairy, eggs and seafood with plant-based ingredients or through cellular agriculture, as well as companies that promote and distribute these products. Prior to New Crop, Laura co-founded WorkAmerica, a venture-backed social enterprise that connects graduates of community colleges and vocational schools to employment in middle skill industries. WorkAmerica is backed by leading social impact investors including Acumen, Kapor Capital, and 500 Startups.
Outside of the office, Laura is on the board of Urban Ed, a DC based non-profit providing IT skills and career opportunities to residents of Wards 7 and 8, volunteers with LearnServe International as a venture mentor, and dances salsa. She speaks English, French and Spanish. Laura joined the DCNI Board in 2017, eager to help grow our local community of social-impact agents of change.