DCNI 2015 Holiday Party
6:00 pm18:00

DCNI 2015 Holiday Party

  • Local 16

Friends, Washingtonians, Countrymen... 'Tis the season to celebrate everything we accomplished in 2015. Join DC Net Impact for a night of merriment and camaraderie at our annual Holiday Party! Though the weather is getting colder, we will be nice and warm on the heated rooftop of Local 16. Whether you are a lifetime Net Impact member or have yet to come to one of our events, we look forward to toasting away the year with you! 

Tickets are free for premium members and $10 for non-premium members and guests and include a tasty selection of hors d'oeuvres. 

Panel Discussion: Climate Change in International Development
6:00 pm18:00

Panel Discussion: Climate Change in International Development

  • 1776 Crystal City

Adaptation & Mitigation in International Development: How Climate Change is Impacting the Energy and Agriculture Sectors

Join a discussion of international development leaders on how donor agencies and implementers are adapting to, and mitigating the effects of, climate change in the energy and agriculture sectors. In addition to discussing climate change, the panelists will describe their career paths and answer your questions. We invite you to stay afterwards to network and mingle with our panelists and learn more about their stories.

6:00 - 6:30     Registration and Networking

6:30 - 6:45     Introduction to Devex and International Development Careers - Devex

6:45 - 7:45     Panel Discussion

7:45 - 8:30     Breakout Discussions & Networking

Eventbrite - Panel Discussion: Climate Change in International Development

Tweet your questions to @DCNetImpact and #DCNIClimate


Noel Gurwick is an ecosystem scientist with over 20 years experience conducting and managing policy-relevant research, and translating research for use by diverse stakeholders. He currently serves as Sustainable Landscapes and Climate Change Advisor in the Office of Global Climate Change at USAID, where he manages research on opportunities for low-emissions development in the agriculture sector. He has conducted studies on climate change and grasslands, streamside soils and groundwater, and evaluations of wetlands regulation programs. Prior to joining USAID, Noel contributed to protocols assign carbon credits for GHG emission reductions from agriculture, and on sustainability indexes for growers and food retailers. Noel also served in the Bureau of Energy, Economics, and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, advancing international energy policy initiatives focused on bioenergy in Latin America. He holds Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Change and an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University.  He is on the editorial boards for Issues in Ecology and Ecosphere, both publications of the Ecological Society of America.

Ananth Chikkatur has more than 10 years of experience in the energy and environmental sector and has worked on several projects in the areas of oil and gas, power, carbon capture and storage, and climate change. Dr. Chikkatur is an expert in natural gas market analysis and infrastructure development, and has supported private equity firms and project developers on assessing global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets, pipeline infrastructure, and gas supply in North America for merger and acquisition (M&A) decisions. Dr. Chikkatur was instrumental in the development of a "gas master plan" for Mozambique, and developed an analysis of natural gas demand and helped develop recommendations for the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Dr. Chikkatur has a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Alejandro Saenz – Core has over 20 years of relevant experience in assessing, developing, and managing worldwide Energy and Climate Change Projects with a broad range of energy technologies including Oil and Gas, Liquid Natural Gas, Hydro power, renewables and Low Emission Technologies. Alejandro has experience working with donor and development community agencies including USAID, MCC, EU, IEA, GGFI, WB/IFC and EBRD. He is an experienced Project/Program manager in charge of the full project cycle including the design, preparation, appraisal and supervision of energy projects to work plan preparation, resource management and quality assurance/control. Alejandro has also worked extensivelyin strategy & change management for international consulting firms, where he analyzed, elaborated, and delivered corporate strategy & transformation solutions. He holds an MBA; a Master degree in Energy Systems; an advanced university degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Project Management Professional Certification.

Lutron Showroom Tour & Rooftop Happy Hour
5:45 pm17:45

Lutron Showroom Tour & Rooftop Happy Hour

  • Lutron Experience Center

Join D.C. Net Impact for a tour to learn about Lutron's product innovation in lighting and lighting controls. The Lutron Commercial Experience Center is a showcase for energy-saving lighting control and shade technology. Net Impact members and guests will have the opportunity to tour the center and see the full suite of expandable and wireless solutions at work to drive down operating costs and create a more pleasant and productive work environment. Shaun Taylor, Location Manager, will describe Lutron's efforts to drive product innovation and improve workplace sustainability. After the tour, we will continue the conversation with a rooftop happy hour. 

Please note that there are two ticket options available for this event:

Tour & Happy Hour - Showroom tour is limited to 40 individuals, and all individuals must arrive by 5:45PM. Ticket price includes happy hour refreshments.

Happy Hour Only - Happy hour will begin at 7:00PM. Attendees should plan to arrive between 6:45 and 7:00PM. Drinks and appetizers available at no cost for anyone with a paid ticket. 

Eventbrite - Lutron Showroom Tour & Rooftop Happy Hour
What Makes An Effective Nonprofit? A Panel On Measuring Impact
6:30 pm18:30

What Makes An Effective Nonprofit? A Panel On Measuring Impact

The DC Metro area is full of nonprofit, social sector and non-governmental organizations. Some do great work, and others don't. Wouldn't be it be nice to know which is which?

Increasingly, foundations and individual donors are trying to figure how to measure the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits, in order to steer resources to where they can do the most good. But which measurements are the best indicators? And how can organizations best serve all their stakeholders when the definition of "effectiveness" varies?

Eventbrite - What Makes An Effective Nonprofit? A Panel On Measuring Impact

Moderator Marc Gunther and our panel of experts will weigh in on the impact measurement trend that is having profound effects across the nonprofit sector. 

Please note: The panel discussion will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so please register in advance.


WHERE: Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW (at K Street), Washington, DC 20001

METRO: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red/Green/Yellow lines)


  • DC Net Impact Professional Chapter Paid Members: $4
  • Students (w/ ID): $4
  • Non-members/Guests: $10

Eventbrite - What Makes An Effective Nonprofit? A Panel On Measuring Impact


Jacob Harold (@JacobCHarold) is the President & CEO of GuideStar, the largest source of data about nonprofits. Jacob came to GuideStar in 2012 from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. He has also worked as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA. He has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Duke.

Jennifer Lentfer (@intldogooder) is the Director of Communications atIDEX - International Development Exchange, the co-author of The Development Element: Guidelines for the Future of Communicating About the End of Global Poverty, and creator of the How Matters blog. Jennifer has also advised and written about monitoring and evaluation at the American Red Cross, Oxfam America and the Firelight Foundation. She has a BA from Nebraska Wesleyan and a Master's in International Development from Pitt.

Victoria Vrana (@vicvrana) is a Senior Program Officer on theCharitable Sector Support team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which she joined in 2011. Previously, Victoria was VP, Communications and Assessment at Venture Philanthropy Partners, responsible for VPP's overall communications and assessment of its portfolio performance. Her interest in using communications and technology for social change began at the Network of East-West Women, where she led an online network linking women in post-Soviet countries. Victoria studied in Germany and Hungary, and has a degree in comparative literature from UC Davis. 

Dennis Whittle (@DennisWhittle) is co-founder of GlobalGiving, where he was CEO from 2000-2010. Currently he is director and co-Founder of Feedback Labs, a consortium of like-minded organizations committed to making governments, NGOs and donors more responsive to the needs of their constituents. Dennis served recently as Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers, and he has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and at Princeton University. He received his MPA from Princeton and a BA from UNC.


Marc Gunther (@MarcGunther) is a veteran journalist, speaker, and writer whose focus is business and sustainability. Marc is editor at large of Guardian Sustainable Business US and blogs atNonprofit Chronicles. Marc is also a husband and father, a lover of the outdoors, a marathon runner, and a lifetime premium member of Net Impact.

6:00 pm18:00

Summer Happy Hour!

  • The Gryphon

There's no better way to cool off after a long summer day than with DC Net Impact! Join us on July 21st for happy hour at the Gryphon, where you can catch up with old friends and make some new ones too. It's just a quick walk from the Dupont Circle metro and no entry fee is required, so come out for some cool refreshments and great company!

Dog Tag Bakery tour with DEF Agora + Ri Ra Happy Hour
10:00 pm22:00

Dog Tag Bakery tour with DEF Agora + Ri Ra Happy Hour

DC Net Impact is teaming up with Defense Entrepreneurs Forum DC Agora for an evening tour of Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown. There will be a short presentation about the mission behind the bakery, along with some tasty goodies for us to try. 

Around 7:30, we will make our way to Rí Rá Irish Pub for happy hour (3125 M St. NW). Catch up with fellow Net Impact members and get to know the good folks at DEF DC Agora. We look forward to seeing you there!


(Registration is free for paid members of DC Net Impact and members of DEF Agora. A $5 fee for non-members will be donated to Dog Tag Bakery's fellowship program. All individuals may register via our Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bakery-with-a-mission-dog-tag-bakery-tour-ri-ra-happy-hour-georgetown-tickets-17142323150)