Panel Discussion: Mitigating Climate Risk
6:30 pm18:30

Panel Discussion: Mitigating Climate Risk

  • Busboys and Poets

Join Climate Advisers and DC Net Impact for a panel discussion about climate risk, how investors address these risks, and how firms present potential financial solutions which can mitigate climate risk. During the discussion, the panelists will discuss various case studies specific to palm oil and Southeast Asia. There will be breakout sessions with each of the panelists following the panel discussion. 


Sarah Conway, Lead Climate Finance Negotiator, U.S. Department of State

Sarah leads U.S. government climate finance negotiations. She serves as Lead Climate Finance Negotiator on the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Led the ten person State and Treasury climate finance team at the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris. She supports U.S. Government involvement in the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the largest multilateral climate fund. She leads the development of the “award-winning” U.S. Government involvement in the design and implementation of the World Bank-hosted Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF). The PAF will pioneer an auction-based climate finance instrument that will mobilize investment in methane-reducing projects. She supports the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative (U.S.-ACEF), an early-stage project development grant-making facility in partnership with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the U.S. Trade and Development Authority (USTDA). She led the establishment of the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, a public-private partnership that aims to identify, stress-test and promote the next generation of climate finance instruments to catalyze private investment in low-emission, climate-resilient development.

Analysts: Chain Reaction Research

 Annemieke Beekmans, Executive Director, AidEnvironment

"Boots On-The-Ground Analysis: Palm Oil"

Annemieke Beekmans leads Chain Reaction Research on sustainability risk analysis of agricultural commodities and corporations that cause tropical deforestation. She has a background in social cultural science. From 1996 to 2008 she worked in Latin America and Africa, advising NGOs and the public and private sector on poverty reduction through sustainable investment and sourcing. In 2009, Annemieke joined Aidenvironment to work on sustainable value chain development, agro-commodities and corporate social responsibility related assignments. In April 2015, Annemieke Beekmans is appointed as Director and Executive Board member of Aidenvironment and RAIN.

Jan Willem van Gelder, Director, Profundo

"Financial Risk Analysis in Agriculture Commodities: Palm Oil"

Jan Willem leads Chain Reaction Research on financial risk analysis of agricultural commodities and corporations that cause tropical deforestation. Jan Willem was trained as a development economist and has been active in the field of corporate economic research for more than 25 years. His research and consultancy experience spans a broad range of economic sectors, countries, commodity chains and CSR themes.

Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, Senior Fellow, Climate Finance, Climate Advisers

“Integration: Speaking Climate Finance to Wall Street”

Gabriel Thoumi, CFA has 15 years-experience on Wall Street as a financial analyst in investment management and designing innovative risk management products. Since 2006, he has lead and managed numerous global climate finance initiatives, ranging from portfolio management to designing green financial indices to commodities risk analysis to carbon markets to natural capital risk and return tools application. He is an expert in C-Suite engagement having worked with many business leaders globally. He frequently writes, speaks globally, and teaches at various universities. He is one of the few trained natural resource scientists who works on Wall Street. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a MBA and MSc.

Portfolio Management Point of View

Leslie Samuelrich, President, Green Century Capital Management and Member, Board of Directors, Green Century Capital Management

"Institutional Investor Point of View"

Leslie Samuelrich leads global shareholder advocacy on agricultural commodities and corporations that cause tropical deforestation. She is President of Green Century Capital Management, focusing on the firm’s current and emerging investment strategies, business development, and impact investing program. She is a frequent speaker on impact, gender-lens, and environmentally sustainable investing. Prior to joining Green Century, Ms. Samuelrich served as the Chief of Staff at Corporate Accountability International and Executive Director of Green Corps. Leslie earned a BA in economics from Boston College and currently serves on the Board of Directors for US SIF, the membership association for professionals, firms, institutions and organizations engaged in sustainable, responsible, and impact investing, as well as the Advisory Board of the Intentional Endowments Network.

Selling Financial Products that Decrease Climate Risk

Tacy Paul Roby, M.A., CFP®, Potomac Financial Private Client Group, LLC

“Client Engagement” – How to present the physical risks of climate change to private clients”

Tacy is a leading financial advisor specializing in supporting investors in making sustainable, ethical, and responsible investment decisions for their portfolios. Tacy joined Potomac Financial Private Client Group, LLC (PFPCG), in December 2015 after nineteen years in the financial services industry as a financial advisor with Prudential Securities (now Wells Fargo Advisors) and a regional vice president of Calvert Investments. Tacy provides comprehensive financial planning for professional women and couples preparing for their children’s education and retirement. Tacy counsels her clients on selecting 401(k) and other retirement plan investment options, as well as on choosing mutual funds, stocks and bonds including socially responsible investments (SRI) to help meet specific financial goals. Tacy received her B.A. in History with Distinction from the University of Michigan and her M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She spent an additional year studying international economics in New Delhi, India as a Rotary Peace Fellow.

Potomac Financial Private Client Group is an investment advisory and financial planning firm.  No financial solutions or advice will be offered at these events.  The financial consultants of Potomac Financial Private Client Group, LLC are Registered Representatives and Investment Advisor Representatives with/and offer securities and advisory services through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor.

LUSH Cosmetics Sustainable Business Tour
8:00 pm20:00

LUSH Cosmetics Sustainable Business Tour

  • Lush Cosmetics

This is a premium member event! Join DC Net Impact for a tour of LUSH Cosmetics Georgetown and a discussion about sustainable business operations in the retail sector. 

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is a company built off of a philosophy of ethics that believes in protecting people, animals, and the planet. Since the beginning, the company's founders have been conscious of how quirky and innovative products interact with the environment. Environmental and social stewardship are critical elements in the business decisions that LUSH makes on a daily basis. Whether it be Ecowarriors in each of their retail locations carrying out green initiatives like Weigh the Waste, a 10 day waste challenge to help benchmark their waste diversion strength and opportunities, or the company's ethical buying team vetting a sustainable source of bladderwrack seaweed from the Vancouver coast, sustainability is at the core of LUSH's  supply chain from the beginning to the end.

Attendees are asked to please arrive promptly at 8PM.

Net Impact + DC EcoWomen Joint Happy Hour
6:00 pm18:00

Net Impact + DC EcoWomen Joint Happy Hour

  • Brixton

Join DC EcoWomen and Net Impact on Monday, April 25th for a joint networking happy hour. DC Net Impact is a professional chapter working to inspire, educate and equip professionals to use the power of business to make the vision of a more socially and environmentally responsible world a reality. Come out to mix and mingle with women from both organizations and expand your network! This event is open to DC EcoWomen and DC Net Impact members and non-members. Be sure to bring your business cards for a chance to win a door prize! Light refreshments will be provided.

Note: While DC EcoWomen + Net Impact do hold co-ed events throughout the year, this event is reserved for women only.

Speed Networking 2016
6:00 pm18:00

Speed Networking 2016

  • The Laughing Man Tavern

DC Net Impact's wildly popular Speed Networking event is back for its sixth year. Speed networking offers you the opportunity to make new connections and learn about potential career paths and opportunities in sustainability and social impact through a fast-paced, round-robin style “speed networking” session.

Get to know your fellow Net Impact members and our special guests working in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, green building, government, and more—and enjoy complimentary appetizers!

Bios for each of our celebrity networkers can be found below. 

Celebrity Networkers

Ann Calamai

Director of Sustainability, Optoro

Ann Calamai brings over a decade of experience in the environmental field, having held previous positions in government, non-profit and private sectors. At Optoro, Ann leads all sustainability initiatives. She is responsible for working with the Client Success Team to build out environmental impact models for clients and to quantify sustainability benefits that retailers can achieve with the Optoro solution. Ann, a year-round bike commuter, also heads up the company’s internal green initiatives. She works to reduce energy and waste production at our company facilities and to heighten environmental awareness among our employees. Prior to joining Optoro, Ann worked at the EPA’s Office of Research and Development on the hydraulic fracturing task force. Her earlier research focused on natural resource taxation, renewable energy subsidies, and regulatory frameworks for nanotechnology. Ann graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned an M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard College.

Emily Cichy

Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Insights & Integration, The Walt Disney Company

Emily Cichy is Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, Insights & Integration at The Walt Disney Company. In this role, she is responsible for Citizenship strategy development, stakeholder engagement, and issues management across the enterprise. She has also developed and leads the company’s first Citizenship Futures Group, a team that works to identify trends that will affect the company’s business and approach to Citizenship in the years to come. During her tenure at Disney, she has also led citizenship research, reporting, and measurement, including managing the company’s award-winning 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report.

Prior to her work in the corporate sector, Emily delivered strategy, marketing, and advocacy services for nonprofits in areas as diverse as arts and culture and microfinance. She has a particular interest in creative institutions and cultural policy, as well as the intersection of mission-driven work in the corporate, nonprofit, and public sectors. Emily holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management and a BBA from The George Washington University.

Stanley Currier

Senior Program Officer, Executive Programs Division, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)

Stanley Currier is a Senior Program Officer in the Education Programs Division at IREX. Prior to rejoining IREX, he served as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has over 10 years of field experience managing educational programs in Central Asia, including serving as Regional Program Manager for IREX and Country Director for American Councils for International Education in Kazakhstan. He also worked as a classroom teacher as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan and as a participant in the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program in Hokkaido, Japan. Stanley volunteers as Director of Development for the Children of the Ganges school in Rishikesh, India. He speaks Russian, Lithuanian and Japanese and holds a master's degree in International Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Ian Fisk

Executive Director, Mentor Capital Network

Ian Fisk leads the Mentor Capital Network -- a group of more than 1,000 individuals who have built, managed, invested in, or studied social enterprises. In that capacity he has supported hundreds of up-and-running companies who are changing the way the world does business. He has worked to build the field of social entrepreneurship through Net Impact, SVN, The Impact Accelerator Network and many other organizations to encourage those supporting impact entrepreneurs to learn from each other. His previous roles include CEO of ITF Consulting, Inc., Director of Projects for Wall Street Without Walls, co-designer of the AmeriCorps*VISTA Entrepreneur Corps, and the internet coordinator for a U.S. Presidential Campaign.

Mr. Fisk also worked with Public Allies, City Year, KaBOOM!, Youth Service America, and the Corporation for National Service. He founded DC’s Community Tool Chest, and was a charter organizer of Hands On DC, an annual volunteer work-a-thon for the D.C. public schools. He has helped to found more than a dozen enterprises, some for-profit, some non-profit, and some non-profit on purpose. Seven of those ventures lasted for at least a decade, three of them for more than 20 years. Mr. Fisk has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he was selected by his professors as a super-tutor. He is the co-founder of the DC Net Impact Professional chapter, and led the Net Impact Chapter at Yale SOM during his time there. He also teaches improvisation and storytelling for entrepreneurs.

Maureen Johnson

Global Sustainability Manager, Deloitte

As Global Internal Sustainability Manager for Deloitte, Maureen accelerates and scales-up corporate responsibility and sustainability programs across the network’s independent member firms by identifying and promoting leading environmental and responsible business practices. She engages with Deloitte’s leadership and key stakeholders to improve their understanding of the impacts, risks and opportunities related to environmental, social and governance issues for Deloitte’s 225,000 people.

Previously Maureen created value through sustainability strategy, reporting, and risk engagements for clients with Deloitte Canada's Sustainability & Climate Change team. She analyzed capital markets on behalf of investors for alignment with socially responsible principles and practices with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. Research and business roles in the life sciences industry started her thinking about the interconnections among humans, the society we create, and the environment.

Maureen received her MBA with a focus in sustainability from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She has a post-graduate certificate in Sustainable Enterprise from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Biology from University of Michigan.  

Kimberley Jutze

Chief Change Architect, Shifting Patterns

Kimberley Jutze is a social activist, facilitator of social change, and founder of Shifting Patterns Consulting, which is a B Corporation that facilitates social change by working alongside networks that increase civic engagement and hasten the transition to a sustainable economy to take collaborative action.  She supports social entrepreneurs and social justice leaders to participate in critical conversations about connection, engagement, and organizational effectiveness.  

Kimberley has helped social enterprise accelerators, like Ashoka Changemakers, social responsible business associations, like Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council, and social justice networks, like National Justice for Our Neighbors, to lay the groundwork for building a movement, determine their strategic direction, build stronger teams, and mobilize resources.  

Kimberley has written a case study for the 10th edition of Organization Development and Change, is the author of the “Nonprofit Funding and Long Term Sustainability” Social Good Guide, and was a Nonprofit Radio guest in November 2015 for a show on collective impact.  Kimberley has a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and a Master of Arts in International Politics from American University.

Ben Margolis                 

Director, Project Finance, Sol Systems

Ben Margolis co-leads Sol Systems' project origination efforts, serving as the bridge between the company’s investment teams, and the developers and Sponsors seeking capital. Mr. Margolis’ team regularly reviews distributed generation (DG) and utility-scale solar investment opportunities for purchase and/or to structure project finance.  Since joining in 2013, Mr. Margolis’ team has originated over 1GW of project pipeline, leading to the deployment of over $100 million into solar assets.

Mr. Margolis joins Sol Systems with nearly ten years of experience in the solar industry. Previously, Mr. Margolis was responsible for managing commercial project development and construction from permitting through commercial operation for projects from California to Abu Dhabi as part of SunEdison. Prior to Sol Systems, Mr. Margolis founded and led a company, Pentricity, which worked with publicly-owned utilities to implement residential energy efficiency solutions.

Mr. Margolis holds an MBA from University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Paulina Migalska

Program Consultant, Change Matters

Paulina Migalska is a past board member of DCNI and 2015 Frontier Markets Scouts Fellow in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing with a decade of experience in global development, corporate community engagement and strategic communications for social good.

As an organizer and promoter of creative advocacy opportunities around issues ranging from green living to human rights, Paulina has built community networks and promoted peer exchange programs across nonprofit, social enterprise and corporate sectors since 2004. For the past five years, Paulina has been consulting independently with a variety of organizations including ChangeMatters, DAI, Mentor Capital Network, United Way Worldwide, the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID, and others. Born in Poland (in the culturally diverse region of Upper Silesia!), Paulina contributes international cross-cultural social innovation experience rooted in a passion for social justice, dedication to community empowerment, and commitment to quality results to all of her consulting and volunteering engagements.

When not working, volunteering, or tweeting on all things social enterprise, impact investing, and business for good (follow her via @Paulina_SE), she enjoys dancing to Balkan Beats, stretching on her yoga mat, and playing with Matylda (her capricious yet lovable cat).

Nick Sakurai

Senior Leadership and Diversity Consultant, Sakurai Consulting

Nick Sakurai is an award-winning diversity/inclusion and higher education leader. Nick has served as a director in a national higher education advocacy non-profit, as a university administrator, and as a consultant and leadership trainer for numerous social sector organizations. They currently serve as Director of Leadership Initiatives in the LGBT Equity Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Nick brings to their work a lens for social justice, racial justice, internationalism, and intersectional identities. Nick is known as a visionary thinker on issues of transformative learning, organizational and cultural change, and power and difference in organizations and society.

Nick is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society, and a lifetime member of Net Impact. Nick has an International M.B.A. from IE Business School in Madrid and an M.A. in International Training and Education from American University in Washington, D.C., and also holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nick earned the title of Certified Professional Coach from the University of Miami and has also studied executive coaching with the University of Cambridge.

Premium Pop Up Event: Bluejacket Tour + Happy Hour
6:00 pm18:00

Premium Pop Up Event: Bluejacket Tour + Happy Hour

  • Bluejacket

Since opening in 2013, Bluejacket Brewery has been the talk of D.C.'s thriving beer and restaurant scene, incorporating locally sourced ingredients into many of its 20+ draft beers.

Join fellow DC Net Impact Premium Members on this exclusive tour of Bluejacket's brewing operations. We'll start promptly at 6pm with a tour of their facility and end with a networking happy hour at their bar, the Arsenal.

Note: No tickets will be available at the door.

Making the Shift for Success in a Post-COP21 World
6:00 pm18:00

Making the Shift for Success in a Post-COP21 World

  • Busboys & Poets

DC Net Impact and the Maryland/DC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy are pleased to invite you to a discussion on the outcomes of the COP21 Paris Climate Conference. Join national and local climate and policy experts for a recap of the conference and gain understanding of what the outcomes mean for business, policy, and finance. Attendees will learn how they can help their organizations and businesses succeed in a post-COP21 world!


  • Matt Banks, Manager of Climate & Business, World Wildlife Fund
  • Pipa Elias, Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
  • Doug Glancy, Senior Manager, The Climate Reality Project
  • Michael Tidwell, Founder & Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network


Matt Banks, Manager of Climate & Business at the World Wildlife Fund, works with businesses and other stakeholders to build awareness and adoption of progressive corporate climate management strategies through Climate Savers, a voluntary program that mobilizes companies to set world-class carbon reduction goals. Since Matt joined WWF a decade ago Climate Savers has expanded from contracts with IBM and Johnson & Johnson to contracts with 30 major corporations. Collectively, these companies have cut emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road! With an educational background in sustainability and economics, Matt has a strong background in advancing sustainability initiatives, from championing climate action planning for the cities of Boston and Pittsburgh to consulting for clients on topics such as vehicle emissions testing and corporate energy efficiency. Matt was honored with the Business Sustainability Initiative award from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. He has also co-authored the book Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies Toward Business.

Pipa Elias is a Senior Policy Advisor at The Nature Conservancy. In this role she conveys solutions from the Conservancy’s experiences to many international climate policy fora, ands leads the organization’s policy work on lands in the UNFCCC. Pipa focuses on the technical aspects of climate solutions from forests and agriculture, and has published over a dozen reports on this issue. Pipa has worked on climate and lands issues for over 7 years, and holds a master’s of science in forestry from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s of science in environmental science from the University of Notre Dame. She draws upon her diverse background of field research, environmental education, policy development, coalition building and research to address the complex issue of climate and lands. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services-International and serves on the World Forestry Committee of the Society of American Foresters.

Doug Glancy works at the Climate Reality Project where he directs the the Climate Speakers Network, which he established with Ken Berlin in 2013. Doug began working on climate-related issues over a decade ago as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Carl Levin. Subsequently, he worked for a variety of organizations on climate at the intersection of the corporate, non-profit, and policy worlds. He was also a contributing author to the book for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now C2ES) entitled “Corporate Strategies to Address Climate Change.” In addition to his work at Climate Reality, Doug serves on the board of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. A native of Detroit, he graduated with a MS/MBA from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor of Political Science, with honors, from Trinity College.

Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. Under Tidwell’s leadership, CCAN has helped pass landmark clean-energy legislation in Maryland; blocked coal and oil development plans in Virginia; and worked with groups nationwide to push for a fair and effective carbon cap bill on Capitol Hill. Tidwell is also an author and filmmaker whose books include The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities. Tidwell’s most recent documentary film – “We Are All Smith Islanders” – vividly depicts the dangers of global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Tidwell has received numerous awards for his advocacy work, including the Audubon Naturalist Society’s prestigious “Conservation Award.” A long-time resident of Maryland, he lives in Takoma Park with his wife Beth and son Sasha.

Mission Driven: Finding Work and Meaning in the New Economy
6:30 pm18:30

Mission Driven: Finding Work and Meaning in the New Economy

  • Cove - K Street

In response to civilizational sustainability challenges, unprecedented concentrations of wealth, and continuing financial crises, there is a New Economy emerging. This talk will focus on how the new economy differs from the old; the role of for-profits and non-profits; and what the new economy means for people seeking to build mission-driven careers. Learn from Eban Goodstein, economist and director of sustainability education, who will share practical tips for professional development in the changing economy. We invite you to stay afterward and mingle with our speaker and other attendees. Light refreshments provided.

Eventbrite - Mission Driven: Finding Work and Meaning in the New Economy


Eban Goodstein is the author of a college textbook, Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons, 2010) now in its sixth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England, 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press, 1999). Articles by Goodstein have appeared in, among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and Environment, Workplace and Employment, and is on the steering committee of Economics for Equity and the Environment. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Follett Corporation, and is on the advisory committee for Chevrolet's Clean Energy Initiative. In addition Goodstein directs two national educational initiatives on global warming: Campus to Congress (C2C) Fellows and The National Climate Seminar. In recent years, he has coordinated climate education events at over 2,500 colleges, universities, high schools, and other institutions across the country. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan and B.S. in Geology from Williams College.

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: