Alissa Kirby, President
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 Cakmes - VP, Events & Programming
Michael currently works in DC at Fairtrade America as a Business Development Manager. In his role he looks to align brands with Fairtrade producers to leverage business as a source for social and environmental good. Before starting at Fairtrade, he earned his MBA from George Washington's School of Business, where he focused on Sustainable Management. Originally from Knoxville, Michael graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's in Supply Chain Management. In his spare time he enjoys living in DC and taking advantage of the outdoors, restaurants and neighborhood events. Michael served as the Executive Vice President for GW's Graduate Net Impact Chapter in 2017 and joined the DC Professional chapter in May 2019.
Julian Guelig- VP, Finance
Julian Guelig 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.
Lily Beitel-Horton VP, Events & Programming
Lily began her career in finance in 2013 and is currently a Financial Advisor at UBS Financial Services Inc. She is responsible for working with clients to create financial plans, implement those plans and coordinates the team's sustainable investment strategies. Lily co-chairs the DC chapter of All Bar None, UBS's internal women's network.
Lily earned her B.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University where she minored in music and women’s studies.Lily lives in D.C. with her husband and in her spare time enjoys running marathons and being an active member of her community.
Lauren jordan VP, member Relations
I envision a world where people have awareness of themselves, their identities, and the world around them, hope that the world can be improved, and the confidence to be a part of that change. I enact this vision in my work as the Program Director for Seeding Social Innovation at LearnServe International, a non-profit that equips youth with social entrepreneurship skills, by creating opportunities for middle and high schools to develop their own social venture projects. My path towards this vision has included, the University of Michigan, Paolo Freire, City Year, New York University, Ashinaga, and Robofest. These experiences have catalyzed my questions to those who would rather complain about the world: what are you going to do about it and how can I help?
benjamin martin VP, events & programming
Benjamin is a native Washingtonian with a mission to leverage international business for environmental, social, and economic well-being. He currently works as a sustainability analyst at Enviva, a biomass energy company based in Bethesda, working on sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement. Prior to this role, Benjamin was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Munich, Germany. He received his bachelors in environmental science and German from Franklin & Marshall College. Benjamin enjoys playing classical flute and piano and is a self-described gourmand who craves local restaurants and ingredients.
Liz Matthews vP, Partnerships
Liz has spent over 20 years working in the public, private, and government sectors. Currently, she is the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. In this role she helps connect students to opportunities in social impact. Liz has held communications and marketing positions at the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps, two national nonprofit organizations, a fortune 500 company, and a tech start-up. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Liz is into yoga, sailing, and her book club. She lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and 7 year-old daughter.
Alyssa Piccirilli vP, communications
Alyssa is a Certification Associate at the U.S. Green Building Council, providing operations support for LEED green building certifications. With a background in philanthropy, Alyssa is passionate about social impact and sustainability, and believes strongly in market-based solutions. She earned her MBA from the George Washington University, with a focus in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and spending time with friends. Alyssa speaks Spanish and is a self acknowledged bookworm. During her studies, she was a member of GW’s Graduate Net Impact chapter, and joined the DC Professional Chapter board in 2019.