About

Welcome to the Foster Net Impact Club!

Net Impact is a leading non-profit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational changing in the workplace and the world.  At the heart of this community are over 50,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe working for a sustainable future.

Foster Net Impact, a Gold Chapter, offers students unique access Seattle’s change leaders in top organizations like Starbucks, Microsoft, Virginia Mason and Amazon, while also helping connect with local non-profits like PATH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Social Venture Partners. Net Impact Foster also works internally with the University of Washington administration and partners in the Evans School of Public Affairs, the College of the Environment, and the College of Engineering to create opportunities on campus for our members to grow and learn.

Mission

Mission:

To serve Foster students by connecting them to careers in social and environmental sustainability and by providing the resources to build the skills and knowledge to address related business.

Objectives:

  • Inspire every Foster student to find his or her own connection to the Net Impact mission through club collaborations.

  • Create opportunities for club members to make meaningful connections to thought and business leaders in Seattle.

  • Host one feature event and two support events per quarter

  • Open borders with the Office of Sustainability, College of Environment, Evans School and more to increase Foster’s visibility and club member’s learning opportunities.

Annual Conference:

  • The Net Impact Conference is the premier gathering of students and professionals who want to use their skills and careers to make a positive impact on the world.

  • 2019 Net Impact Conference will be held in Detroit, Oct. 24-26. 

Leadership
JACKIE BACH CO- PRESIDENT    Driving positive impact has been the core of Jackie’s career. She has six years of experience in sustainable food, agriculture, and distribution and is pursuing her MBA to leverage the business platform for positive social and environmental change. This summer she is excited to be an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow working on supply chain sustainability in healthcare. After Foster, she hopes to work towards more sustainable supply chains, more ethical labor practices, and a more resilient world.  In her spare time, Jackie is a hiker, photographer, and ceramicist.

JACKIE BACH
CO-PRESIDENT

Driving positive impact has been the core of Jackie’s career. She has six years of experience in sustainable food, agriculture, and distribution and is pursuing her MBA to leverage the business platform for positive social and environmental change. This summer she is excited to be an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow working on supply chain sustainability in healthcare. After Foster, she hopes to work towards more sustainable supply chains, more ethical labor practices, and a more resilient world.

In her spare time, Jackie is a hiker, photographer, and ceramicist.

LISA DANG  CO-PRESIDENT    Lisa is a Seattle native with 4 years of experience as a management consultant. She has worked across several industries (education, healthcare, foodservice, utilities) and across multiple functions (IT, supply chain, finance, and accounting). This summer, she is excited to be joining Starbucks as an MBA Finance Intern. After Foster, she plans on pursuing her passions in technology and sustainable food.  In her spare time, Lisa enjoys playing collaborative board games, trying new cooking recipes, and hiking in the pacific northwest.

LISA DANG
CO-PRESIDENT

Lisa is a Seattle native with 4 years of experience as a management consultant. She has worked across several industries (education, healthcare, foodservice, utilities) and across multiple functions (IT, supply chain, finance, and accounting). This summer, she is excited to be joining Starbucks as an MBA Finance Intern. After Foster, she plans on pursuing her passions in technology and sustainable food.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys playing collaborative board games, trying new cooking recipes, and hiking in the pacific northwest.

TIFFANY SUNG  VP COMMUNICATIONS    Tiffany grew up in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. for college. Prior to joining the Foster MBA program, Tiffany spent five years in the financial services industry. She became interested in sustainability during her time in banking, when she serviced cleantech companies that were solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. She is excited to join Net Impact and inspire Foster students to explore how they can drive social impact through their careers.  In her free time, Tiffany enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and making Taiwanese food.

TIFFANY SUNG
VP COMMUNICATIONS

Tiffany grew up in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. for college. Prior to joining the Foster MBA program, Tiffany spent five years in the financial services industry. She became interested in sustainability during her time in banking, when she serviced cleantech companies that were solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. She is excited to join Net Impact and inspire Foster students to explore how they can drive social impact through their careers.

In her free time, Tiffany enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and making Taiwanese food.

 
COLETTE HULL  VP SERVICE CORPS    Colette Hull is a full-time MBA candidate in the Class of 2020 and proud Double Dawg. After receiving her B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese Studies from the University of Washington, Colette spent 10 years in private client services as a client manager for a multi-family office, overseeing the philanthropic efforts of high net-worth families before returning to the U for her MBA.  Colette is excited to spend this summer in LA as an MBA intern for the Revenue Strategy team at Snap.  Outside of work and school, Colette is an active member of Social Venture Partners, a global engaged philanthropy organization. Colette also participated in the Service Corps program as a first-year MBA student, working with Net Hope. She is excited to serve as VP of Service Corps and to continue strengthening nonprofits by connecting them with MBA students here at Foster to collectively achieve the change they want to see in the community.

COLETTE HULL
VP SERVICE CORPS

Colette Hull is a full-time MBA candidate in the Class of 2020 and proud Double Dawg. After receiving her B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese Studies from the University of Washington, Colette spent 10 years in private client services as a client manager for a multi-family office, overseeing the philanthropic efforts of high net-worth families before returning to the U for her MBA.

Colette is excited to spend this summer in LA as an MBA intern for the Revenue Strategy team at Snap.

Outside of work and school, Colette is an active member of Social Venture Partners, a global engaged philanthropy organization. Colette also participated in the Service Corps program as a first-year MBA student, working with Net Hope. She is excited to serve as VP of Service Corps and to continue strengthening nonprofits by connecting them with MBA students here at Foster to collectively achieve the change they want to see in the community.


RUCHI SINGH  VP SERVICE CORPS    Ruchi became interested in social impact during her time at Middlebury College, where she founded a non-profit called Haryali - based in India, Haryali aims to empower underprivileged women through greenhouse farming. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Ruchi spent seven years building a career in strategic client relationship management in New York.  This summer, Ruchi is excited to start her career in Management Consulting at Deloitte, working in their Strategy practice. Post business school, she hopes to continue her career in consulting working on cases across the cleantech and consumer industries.  In her free time, Ruchi enjoys traveling, baking, boxing, and running on Alki Beach with her pup, Simba.

RUCHI SINGH
VP SERVICE CORPS

Ruchi became interested in social impact during her time at Middlebury College, where she founded a non-profit called Haryali - based in India, Haryali aims to empower underprivileged women through greenhouse farming. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Ruchi spent seven years building a career in strategic client relationship management in New York.

This summer, Ruchi is excited to start her career in Management Consulting at Deloitte, working in their Strategy practice. Post business school, she hopes to continue her career in consulting working on cases across the cleantech and consumer industries.

In her free time, Ruchi enjoys traveling, baking, boxing, and running on Alki Beach with her pup, Simba.


DAN DANG  VP IDEA LAB    A Washington native, Dan attended Washington State University before commissioning as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army, deploying once to West Africa for the Ebola outbreak. Like Claire and Trevor, he is also pursuing a dual degree in an MBA and MPA. Over the summer he did his internship at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation working on sexual and reproductive health. He has always been interested in the social impact side of business and hopes to make a career out of it.  In his spare time he always tries to over-commit to everything so he has no spare time, such as being VP of FVA, Chairman of GBA, and an active vocalist in the class band. He also enjoys pretending to be fit, singing in the car, and gorging on Japanese food.

DAN DANG
VP IDEA LAB

A Washington native, Dan attended Washington State University before commissioning as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army, deploying once to West Africa for the Ebola outbreak. Like Claire and Trevor, he is also pursuing a dual degree in an MBA and MPA. Over the summer he did his internship at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation working on sexual and reproductive health. He has always been interested in the social impact side of business and hopes to make a career out of it.

In his spare time he always tries to over-commit to everything so he has no spare time, such as being VP of FVA, Chairman of GBA, and an active vocalist in the class band. He also enjoys pretending to be fit, singing in the car, and gorging on Japanese food.

 
BRANDON BILLS  VP IMPACT MARKETING    Brandon is an evening MBA candidate of the University of Washington's Class of 2021. He is currently a Marketing Manager at MSR, managing marketing, public relations, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining MSR, Brandon worked as a Marketing Manager at Whole Foods Market for nearly four years. During his time at Whole Foods Market, he managed regional brand marketing, community relations, strategic partnerships, and corporate social responsibility.  Brandon is interested in innovative brands (and the people behind them) that use the scale of their organizations for positive societal change. He is a volunteer at The Nature Conservancy and sits on the Board of Directors at City Fruit in Seattle. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, backpacking, cycling, and running.

BRANDON BILLS
VP IMPACT MARKETING

Brandon is an evening MBA candidate of the University of Washington's Class of 2021. He is currently a Marketing Manager at MSR, managing marketing, public relations, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to joining MSR, Brandon worked as a Marketing Manager at Whole Foods Market for nearly four years. During his time at Whole Foods Market, he managed regional brand marketing, community relations, strategic partnerships, and corporate social responsibility.

Brandon is interested in innovative brands (and the people behind them) that use the scale of their organizations for positive societal change. He is a volunteer at The Nature Conservancy and sits on the Board of Directors at City Fruit in Seattle. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, backpacking, cycling, and running.

CHRISTINE WHITE  VP ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY    Christine White is an east coast native who has been working in digital marketing for over six years, specializing in global demand generation, content marketing, distribution, relationship management, and most recently customer marketing. Christine is an evening MBA candidate at Foster (class of 2021) and currently works as a Senior Marketing Manager for HubSpot (a software company based out of Cambridge, MA).  Christine is passionate about expanding her digital marketing skills to learn more about how to market sustainable consumer goods for companies with green business practices, as well as reach new audiences by focusing on customer experience. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Seattle, hiking, live music, and learning how to play golf.

CHRISTINE WHITE
VP ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Christine White is an east coast native who has been working in digital marketing for over six years, specializing in global demand generation, content marketing, distribution, relationship management, and most recently customer marketing. Christine is an evening MBA candidate at Foster (class of 2021) and currently works as a Senior Marketing Manager for HubSpot (a software company based out of Cambridge, MA).

Christine is passionate about expanding her digital marketing skills to learn more about how to market sustainable consumer goods for companies with green business practices, as well as reach new audiences by focusing on customer experience. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Seattle, hiking, live music, and learning how to play golf.

MIKAELA WINTER  VP CORPORATE IMPACT    Mikaela is a Seattle native who is driven by the boundless opportunity to understand and develop the intersection between business and the environment. She has over 6 years of experience working with organizations on social, economic and environmental issues in both a consulting and internal business operations capacity. Her expertise is grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the challenges, strategies, tactics and best practices for organizations working to address sustainability goals.  Currently, Mikaela is a member of the evening MBA program (Class of 2021) and works as the Business Operations Manager for the Sales team at 3Degrees. She manages systems, people and processes that allow her organization to help businesses and their customers take urgent action on climate change. Prior to 3Degrees, Mikaela worked as a consultant for the City of Seattle analyzing the implementation of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to inform the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Outside of work and school, Mikaela loves to run, play soccer, travel, and explore the outdoors.

MIKAELA WINTER
VP CORPORATE IMPACT

Mikaela is a Seattle native who is driven by the boundless opportunity to understand and develop the intersection between business and the environment. She has over 6 years of experience working with organizations on social, economic and environmental issues in both a consulting and internal business operations capacity. Her expertise is grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the challenges, strategies, tactics and best practices for organizations working to address sustainability goals.

Currently, Mikaela is a member of the evening MBA program (Class of 2021) and works as the Business Operations Manager for the Sales team at 3Degrees. She manages systems, people and processes that allow her organization to help businesses and their customers take urgent action on climate change. Prior to 3Degrees, Mikaela worked as a consultant for the City of Seattle analyzing the implementation of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan to inform the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan. Outside of work and school, Mikaela loves to run, play soccer, travel, and explore the outdoors.

 
EMILY POWELL  VP SUSTAINABLE FINANCE    Emily is an experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of building effective teams and designing innovative strategies to solve wicked problems. She holds a Master in Urban and Environmental Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in History, both from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Emily spent five years at The Nature Conservancy working on impact investment and private capital strategies to solve water scarcity challenges, as well as honing her expertise in water management and sustainable development. Post-MBA, she plans to continue solving sustainability challenges, but from the private sector side in sustainability-focused investing. When not in school, you’ll likely find her exploring rivers in search of whitewater and trout.

EMILY POWELL
VP SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Emily is an experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of building effective teams and designing innovative strategies to solve wicked problems. She holds a Master in Urban and Environmental Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in History, both from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her MBA, Emily spent five years at The Nature Conservancy working on impact investment and private capital strategies to solve water scarcity challenges, as well as honing her expertise in water management and sustainable development. Post-MBA, she plans to continue solving sustainability challenges, but from the private sector side in sustainability-focused investing. When not in school, you’ll likely find her exploring rivers in search of whitewater and trout.

TREVOR SMITH  VP CAREER DEVELOPMENT    Trevor is a dual-degree student in the Foster School of Business and the Evans School Public Policy. After starting his career in Vendor Management at Amazon, Trevor returned to graduate school to pivot his career towards environmental issues, and learn how to make a business case for sustainability. While in school Trevor has led a greenhouse gas reduction project focused on Seattle’s city-level carbon output, and a business plan project focused on financial empowerment for Seattle’s low-income population. After completing his degrees, Trevor hopes to begin a career in corporate sustainability.  While not working diligently to check off those pesky degree requirements, Trevor is an avid surfer, climber, mountaineer, and skier, and does everything he can to spend time enjoying all of the beautiful outdoors the PNW has to offer.

TREVOR SMITH
VP CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Trevor is a dual-degree student in the Foster School of Business and the Evans School Public Policy. After starting his career in Vendor Management at Amazon, Trevor returned to graduate school to pivot his career towards environmental issues, and learn how to make a business case for sustainability. While in school Trevor has led a greenhouse gas reduction project focused on Seattle’s city-level carbon output, and a business plan project focused on financial empowerment for Seattle’s low-income population. After completing his degrees, Trevor hopes to begin a career in corporate sustainability.

While not working diligently to check off those pesky degree requirements, Trevor is an avid surfer, climber, mountaineer, and skier, and does everything he can to spend time enjoying all of the beautiful outdoors the PNW has to offer.

CLAIRE BARON  VP IMPACT    Claire is a dual-degree student in the Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Policy. Immediately after undergrad she taught high school math and coached girls’ soccer as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, then returned home to the Pacific Northwest to lead fundraising efforts for a disability advocacy organization. As a grad student, she has co-founded a software company in the cleantech space, conducted policy analysis for the City of Tacoma’s Department of Transportation, and worked for the Washington State Legislature to assess the feasibility of starting a public cooperative bank.  When not on campus, you can find Claire running through the Cascades, playing Ultimate, and trying to keep her tomatoes alive in her community garden.

CLAIRE BARON
VP IMPACT

Claire is a dual-degree student in the Foster School of Business and Evans School of Public Policy. Immediately after undergrad she taught high school math and coached girls’ soccer as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, then returned home to the Pacific Northwest to lead fundraising efforts for a disability advocacy organization. As a grad student, she has co-founded a software company in the cleantech space, conducted policy analysis for the City of Tacoma’s Department of Transportation, and worked for the Washington State Legislature to assess the feasibility of starting a public cooperative bank.

When not on campus, you can find Claire running through the Cascades, playing Ultimate, and trying to keep her tomatoes alive in her community garden.

 
Service Corps

Service Corps:

Looking to make a social impact while polishing your consulting skills? The Net Impact Service Corps program is the right choice for you!

Every year, teams of first-year Foster MBA students work on consulting projects for local companies and non-profits. In the past we’ve worked with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Sail Sand Point, YMCA, and Children’s Therapy Center, among other organizations. You will get the chance to take on real-world challenges with guidance from second-year MBA mentors, professors, and external consultants from firms such as McKinsey, BCG, Accenture, and Deloitte.

Benefits:

  • Work on your consulting and other business skills

  • Meet local professionals at companies and non-profits who are doing fantastic work

  • Work on projects supported by Net Impact, Consulting Society, Social Venture Partners, and the Career Management office

  • Have fun!

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact Net Impact Service Corps VP’s Colette Hull, chhull@uw.edu and Ruchi Singh, rsingh4@uw.edu

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