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.

  • 2018 Net Impact Conference will be held in Phoenix, Oct. 25-27. 

Leadership
ALLI GREEN CO- PRESIDENT    Alli is a northeast native with six years of marketing, communications, and nonprofit fundraising experience. Before coming to Foster, she managed U.S. marketing content, corporate communications, and public relations strategies for Masa Israel Journey in New York. This summer, she’s working as an MBA Marketing Intern at Precept Wine. After Foster, she plans to continue working in consumer goods marketing and brand management and persuing her passions for sustainable food systems, ethical apparel, and natural cosmetics.  Alli holds a B.A. in Politics and International & Global Studies from Brandeis University. Outside of Foster, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing lacrosse, cooking, and camping.

ALLI GREEN
CO-PRESIDENT

Alli is a northeast native with six years of marketing, communications, and nonprofit fundraising experience. Before coming to Foster, she managed U.S. marketing content, corporate communications, and public relations strategies for Masa Israel Journey in New York. This summer, she’s working as an MBA Marketing Intern at Precept Wine. After Foster, she plans to continue working in consumer goods marketing and brand management and persuing her passions for sustainable food systems, ethical apparel, and natural cosmetics.

Alli holds a B.A. in Politics and International & Global Studies from Brandeis University. Outside of Foster, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing lacrosse, cooking, and camping.

AUSTIN MORTON  CO-PRESIDENT    Austin Morton is a full-time MBA candidate of the Class of 2019. He has spent the past 5 years working on sustainability strategies for businesses and governments. Before that, he worked on international development projects as a consultant for USAID.

AUSTIN MORTON
CO-PRESIDENT

Austin Morton is a full-time MBA candidate of the Class of 2019. He has spent the past 5 years working on sustainability strategies for businesses and governments. Before that, he worked on international development projects as a consultant for USAID.

 
DAN DANG  VP SOCIAL IMPACT ENGAGEMENT    Born and raised in Washington State, Dan was an Engineer Officer in the United States Army before starting his MBA/MPA at the University of Washington. His long-term goal is to develop and build effective governance overseas, so countries can improve the health and well-being of their citizens. He is dedicated to global business and environmental policy, where he hopes to incorporate systems thinking as common practice within business and public policy. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, eating, and singing.

DAN DANG
VP SOCIAL IMPACT ENGAGEMENT

Born and raised in Washington State, Dan was an Engineer Officer in the United States Army before starting his MBA/MPA at the University of Washington. His long-term goal is to develop and build effective governance overseas, so countries can improve the health and well-being of their citizens. He is dedicated to global business and environmental policy, where he hopes to incorporate systems thinking as common practice within business and public policy. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, eating, and singing.

CAROL OU  VP SOCIAL IMPACT EVENTS    Prior to Foster, Carol worked in supply chain management in both China and South America. Apart from her job, she initiated a program to support impoverished children in China in their education. She has a great interest in social responsibility and education and is passionate about using business as a powerful force for doing good in society.

CAROL OU
VP SOCIAL IMPACT EVENTS

Prior to Foster, Carol worked in supply chain management in both China and South America. Apart from her job, she initiated a program to support impoverished children in China in their education. She has a great interest in social responsibility and education and is passionate about using business as a powerful force for doing good in society.

JOHN TURK  VP SERVICE CORPS    Before attending Foster, John was a project manager in the environmental engineering sector supplying biogas conditioning systems for waste to energy conversion. As a member and leader of Net Impact he is excited to connect MBA students with events that highlight advantages of corporate social responsibility and provide opportunities for students to become active community member. As a Service Corps co-lead he will work to provide students with the opportunity to complete a consulting project for local nonprofits that are in need of MBA experience.

JOHN TURK
VP SERVICE CORPS

Before attending Foster, John was a project manager in the environmental engineering sector supplying biogas conditioning systems for waste to energy conversion. As a member and leader of Net Impact he is excited to connect MBA students with events that highlight advantages of corporate social responsibility and provide opportunities for students to become active community member. As a Service Corps co-lead he will work to provide students with the opportunity to complete a consulting project for local nonprofits that are in need of MBA experience.

ALEX WANDS  VP SERVICE CORPS    Before Foster, Alex lived in Philadelphia, PA and worked on the fixed income desk at Susquehanna International Group, a privately held trading firm. Originally from the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY, he hopes to eventually pursue work that will contribute to the protection of nature and natural resources. As a board member of Net Impact, Alex will co-lead Service Corps and help connect local non-profit organizations in need of project work with student consultants.  Alex holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Drexel University. In his free time he enjoys hiking, skiing, boating and spending time with his dog, Buddy.

ALEX WANDS
VP SERVICE CORPS

Before Foster, Alex lived in Philadelphia, PA and worked on the fixed income desk at Susquehanna International Group, a privately held trading firm. Originally from the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate NY, he hopes to eventually pursue work that will contribute to the protection of nature and natural resources. As a board member of Net Impact, Alex will co-lead Service Corps and help connect local non-profit organizations in need of project work with student consultants.

Alex holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Drexel University. In his free time he enjoys hiking, skiing, boating and spending time with his dog, Buddy.

LEVI ZURBRUGG  VP SUSTAINABLE FINANCE    Prior to Foster Levi worked as a Sector Analyst – Consumer Staples at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. In this role he was responsible for working with investors, companies, and sustainability experts to develop sustainability accounting standards that are cost-effective and decision-useful in investment analysis. After completing his MBA, Levi plans to continue working in sustainability focused investments.

LEVI ZURBRUGG
VP SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Prior to Foster Levi worked as a Sector Analyst – Consumer Staples at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. In this role he was responsible for working with investors, companies, and sustainability experts to develop sustainability accounting standards that are cost-effective and decision-useful in investment analysis. After completing his MBA, Levi plans to continue working in sustainability focused investments.

MIKE KERPER  VP SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS    Prior to joining the Foster MBA program, Michael served as a US Army infantry officer for 5 years, based in Washington and Georgia. Michael is looking forward to learning how to apply the many problem solving skills he learned in the army to a career in sustainability. His passion lies in entrepreneurship in the water industry, ensuring that our rapidly changing world has adequate freshwater supplies. Since starting at Foster, Michael founded a student start-up looking to develop a water offset market in urban environments, and also consults for a UW water technology start-up working to improve water filtration performance  Michael holds a B.S. in Economics and Chinese Language from the US Military Academy at West Point and is originally from Upstate New York. In his free time, he enjoys experimenting with his crock pot, hiking and cross-country skiing.

MIKE KERPER
VP SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

Prior to joining the Foster MBA program, Michael served as a US Army infantry officer for 5 years, based in Washington and Georgia. Michael is looking forward to learning how to apply the many problem solving skills he learned in the army to a career in sustainability. His passion lies in entrepreneurship in the water industry, ensuring that our rapidly changing world has adequate freshwater supplies. Since starting at Foster, Michael founded a student start-up looking to develop a water offset market in urban environments, and also consults for a UW water technology start-up working to improve water filtration performance

Michael holds a B.S. in Economics and Chinese Language from the US Military Academy at West Point and is originally from Upstate New York. In his free time, he enjoys experimenting with his crock pot, hiking and cross-country skiing.

MALLORY GREEN  VP CAREER DEVELOPMENT    Mallory grew up in Belleville, IL, moved up to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to attend the University of Illinois, majoring in Supply Chain Management and International Business, and completed her Illinois circuit by working in Chicago for six years after college. During her time in Chicago she worked in operations at a third-party logistics services provider. Going forward, she’s interested in expanding her supply chain experience, marrying that with finance, and continuing to learn more about sustainable business practices within supply chains. She has welcomed the PNW and is excited to continue exploring Seattle and its scenery.

MALLORY GREEN
VP CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Mallory grew up in Belleville, IL, moved up to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois to attend the University of Illinois, majoring in Supply Chain Management and International Business, and completed her Illinois circuit by working in Chicago for six years after college. During her time in Chicago she worked in operations at a third-party logistics services provider. Going forward, she’s interested in expanding her supply chain experience, marrying that with finance, and continuing to learn more about sustainable business practices within supply chains. She has welcomed the PNW and is excited to continue exploring Seattle and its scenery.

SCOTT BRIMACOMBE  VP CURRICULUM    Scott is a Pacific Northwest native, but came to Foster after spending the past six years on the East Coast. His background is in project management and operations for a social policy research company, where he managed over $100 million in federal government contracts and led several process improvement initiatives. As a board member of the Net Impact Club, Scott desires to promote sustainability-focused coursework and workshops to prepare Foster students to tackle the most important, cross-functional, and industry-agnostic business problems we will face in our careers. In his free time, Scott enjoys playing, watching, and obsessing over sports, traveling, and indulging in craft beer.

SCOTT BRIMACOMBE
VP CURRICULUM

Scott is a Pacific Northwest native, but came to Foster after spending the past six years on the East Coast. His background is in project management and operations for a social policy research company, where he managed over $100 million in federal government contracts and led several process improvement initiatives. As a board member of the Net Impact Club, Scott desires to promote sustainability-focused coursework and workshops to prepare Foster students to tackle the most important, cross-functional, and industry-agnostic business problems we will face in our careers. In his free time, Scott enjoys playing, watching, and obsessing over sports, traveling, and indulging in craft beer.

COLETTE HULL  SERVICE CORPS FIRST YEAR REP    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 before returning to the U for her MBA. Outside of work and school, Colette is an active member of Social Venture Partners, a global engaged philanthropy organization. She is excited to serve as first-year representative for Service Corps and to continue strengthening non-profits by connecting them with MBA students here at Foster to collectively achieve the change they want to see in the community.

COLETTE HULL
SERVICE CORPS FIRST YEAR REP

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 before returning to the U for her MBA. Outside of work and school, Colette is an active member of Social Venture Partners, a global engaged philanthropy organization. She is excited to serve as first-year representative for Service Corps and to continue strengthening non-profits by connecting them with MBA students here at Foster to collectively achieve the change they want to see in the community.

TIFFANY SUNG  EVENT PROGRAMMING FIRST YEAR REP    Tiffany grew up in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. to attend 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
EVENT PROGRAMMING FIRST YEAR REP

Tiffany grew up in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. to attend 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

JACKIE BACH  EVENT PROGRAMMING FIRST YEAR REP    Driving positive impact has been the core of Jackie’s career. Before Foster, she was a manager at a sustainable food distributor with a dual mission: supporting local agriculture in the New York region and serving food insecure communities throughout New York City. She is pursuing her MBA with the ultimate goal of making positive social and environmental change via private business enterprise. She hopes to work towards more sustainable supply chains, more ethical labor practices, and a more resilient world.


JACKIE BACH
EVENT PROGRAMMING FIRST YEAR REP

Driving positive impact has been the core of Jackie’s career. Before Foster, she was a manager at a sustainable food distributor with a dual mission: supporting local agriculture in the New York region and serving food insecure communities throughout New York City. She is pursuing her MBA with the ultimate goal of making positive social and environmental change via private business enterprise. She hopes to work towards more sustainable supply chains, more ethical labor practices, and a more resilient world.

CHELSEA BAUM  IDEA LAB FIRST YEAR REP    Before coming to Foster, Chelsea worked as an Inside Sales Director for an education start-up company, where she first developed a passion for growing and developing businesses. After completing her MBA she intends to blend her interests in management and operations with her drive to help businesses grow in a more impactful and sustainable ways. She is looking forward to a career engaging with businesses in the PNW.

CHELSEA BAUM
IDEA LAB FIRST YEAR REP

Before coming to Foster, Chelsea worked as an Inside Sales Director for an education start-up company, where she first developed a passion for growing and developing businesses. After completing her MBA she intends to blend her interests in management and operations with her drive to help businesses grow in a more impactful and sustainable ways. She is looking forward to a career engaging with businesses in the PNW.

BRANDON BILLS  COMMUNICATIONS FIRST YEAR REP    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
COMMUNICATIONS FIRST YEAR REP

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  COMMUNICATIONS FIRST YEAR REP    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
COMMUNICATIONS FIRST YEAR REP

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.

MICHAEL RINGENBURG  IDEA LAB FIRST YEAR REP    Mike is a first-year evening MBA student at Foster and a principal engineer at Cray, where he helps scientists apply AI on supercomputers to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Mike grew up in Seattle, and loves to hike, kayak, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Northwest with his wife and three children. Prior to Foster, Mike received a BA in Mathematics from Dartmouth and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

MICHAEL RINGENBURG
IDEA LAB FIRST YEAR REP

Mike is a first-year evening MBA student at Foster and a principal engineer at Cray, where he helps scientists apply AI on supercomputers to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Mike grew up in Seattle, and loves to hike, kayak, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Northwest with his wife and three children. Prior to Foster, Mike received a BA in Mathematics from Dartmouth and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington.


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 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 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 John Turk, jnturk@uw.edu and Alex Wands, wands@uw.edu


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