What is Net Impact?

Net Impact is an international network of business leaders committed to responsible business models, policies and practices. Net Impact members seek to integrate this commitment into the mission, values, strategy and operations of organizations in which they are involved.

What does Net Impact do?

At Ross, Net Impact's focus is two-fold: First, to create an active community of students who are passionate about making a social impact, whether through their professional or personal endeavors. Second, to provide resources and support for MBAs who are exploring careers in social impact.

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Prior to Ross, I spent seven years in the social sector - first at a frontline social services agency in DC as a legal advocate and then an internal consultant working on capacity-building. I then moved into philanthropy and spent four years at a donor giving circle in Silicon Valley, running operations, finance, and communications for a network of donors pooling their money to invest in scaling social ventures. After Ross, I hope to move into Corporate Social Responsibility and help unleash corporate resources -- using both financial and human capital -- to more effectively support nonprofits.




Prior to Ross, I worked in retail in a Global Sourcing role, working with cross-functional partners in the US and factories overseas for Target and Vera Bradley. I'm passionate about social impact within the retail sector - whether it's making an impact in the overseas communities where manufacturing happens from an environmental or social perspective or to making an impact at US headquarters in regards to sustainability efforts and business process changes to support environmentalism. At Ross, I hope to learn to be an influencer to drive more impactful changes in the future.


VP of Membership Engagement


Before Ross, I worked in public relations at a small non-profit in Washington, D.C. I loved my job and felt like we were truly making an impact, but I wanted to do more, on a larger scale. I came to Ross because I believe for-profit businesses have a huge opportunity to provide a positive social impact, and I want to be a part of that. I'm excited to get hands-on experience in marketing and social impact through Board Fellows, the Community Consulting Club, and as a director in the Net Impact club.


VP of Membership Engagement



VP of Professional Development


Pooja is joining the Ross MBA class of 2020 from Accenture Strategy, where she balanced her time between the Sustainability and Development practices. She is energized by designing solutions and developing partnerships that integrate social and environmental impact within private sector ventures.


VP of Professional Development


Matthew is a second-year MBA/MS student with the Erb Institute and is a member of Ross' Social Venture Fund. He spent his previous internship in Kathmandu, Nepal leading the business plan development for a sustainable agriculture startup. Prior to graduate school, he spent six years as a market research consultant in New York. Matthew is passionate about social impact entrepreneurship, particularly with regards to renewable energy and conservation.


VP of Finance


Before coming to Ross, I worked for six years as a radio/podcast host and producer. I had two main reporting beats: environmental issues and climate change; and the growing power and influence of Silicon Valley through the lens of big data. At Ross, my goal is to gain strong business fundamentals and to then leverage those skills to solve challenges for impact-related enterprises.


VP of Marketing & Communication


Catherine is pursuing a dual MBA/MS degree at the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school she worked in the non-profit and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) space, exploring the many ways it is possible to have impact across sectors. Her interest in better measurement of impact and intersection and synergy between business and sustainability led her to pursue a graduate degree. She hopes to return to CSR and the social impact field with tools to have greater impact than before.