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Net Impact San Francisco

Net Impact San Francisco

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About us

Net Impact empowers a new generation to drive social and environmental change throughout their careers. The San Francisco Professional Chapter of Net Impact (NISF) drives change by creating a like-minded community and providing events and programs that support members who aim to use business as a force for environmental & social impact. Join us!

Vision: NISF envisions a world where business and communities have shifted to truly value human, natural, and financial resources.
Mission: We see our mission as challenging business as usual and unsustainable consumption models by providing meaningful and engaging learning and community-building experiences.

Interested in Learning More? Visit our website:, email us at, or come to one of our events!


Our leadership

  • Tiffany Tran

    Tiffany began her journey with Net Impact during her undergraduate years at Net Impact Berkeley. She held roles working on and leading pro-bono consulting projects that focused on impact and financial analyses, marketing, operations, and corporate social responsibility. She also collaborated with Net Impact to implement the Small Steps, Big Wins national competition at Cal. Currently Tiffany is on the sustainability team at Annie's, Inc., working on supply chain sustainability, reporting, data analysis, environmental policy, and employee engagement. Prior to Annie's, Tiffany held sustainability-related roles at The Walt Disney Company and As You Sow. Tiffany is passionate about sustainability and is committed to making a positive impact.

    Tiffany received her degrees in Environmental Science and in Environmental Economics & Policy, and a minor in Sustainable Design at UC Berkeley. Go Bears!

  • Lauren Whetstone

    Lauren is currently an Associate Client Analyst at Millward Brown Digital. Prior to this, she interned at a variety of organizations including Google, Ceres, and Mail Health. Lauren is passionate about leveraging data to create social and environmental impact.

    Lauren graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in International Affairs, as well as minors in History and Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Daniel Heras
    VP and Finance Chair

    A native to East Los Angeles, Daniel is a dedicated systems thinking entrepreneur, with over 10 years of combined experience in architecture, design, financial analysis, operations, energy management, stakeholder engagement, community development and organizational leadership. Daniel strives to apply his practical skills and experience to new and innovative business development. He is committed to taking on social justice problems with creativity and empathy - and is always looking to work on new high impact disruptive work.

    Daniel holds an M.B.A. from Presidio Graduate School and a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and was an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow with the City of Austin in 2013.

  • Cristina Nicoara
    NI Local Chair

    Ever since helping to found and lead the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact on the UC Berkeley campus, Cristina has found a passion for CSR and fostering partnerships with organizations, businesses and non-profits focused on the triple bottom line.

    Cristina is excited to continue building external relationships to enable like-minded individuals the opportunity to network, give back, and make an impact in their professional environments. Fun fact: Cristina is fluent in Romanian, and will find her hiking, swimming, and biking across the Bay Area!

  • Tracy Akashi
    Partnerships Chair

    Tracy currently works in the Internal Audit group at Salesforce, where she has been involved with the Salesforce Foundation group, leading and planning events to raise money and awareness for local nonprofits. Prior to working at Salesforce, Tracy held multiple Finance positions at NetApp. Tracy is passionate about corporate social responsibility, and believes that companies should have a sense of responsibility for both the environment and community in which they operate.

    When she isn't working, you can find her playing tennis, attending hockey games (GO SHARKS), hiking, watching Survivor, learning to code, or enjoying the beautiful city of San Francisco. Tracy graduated from Santa Clara University and has a B.S. in Finance.

  • Dylan Berry
    Supporting Advisor

    Dylan Berry is working as an environmental consultant for Partner Engineering & Science, a growing environmental/engineering firm, where he focuses on real estate due diligence and environmental risk management. Equally comfortable in a suit or steel toes, Dylan is a pro at collecting, analyzing, and communicating data to various user groups.

    Prior to joining Net Impact San Francisco , Dylan was a member of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s C2C Fellowship program, where he made a name for himself by winning the Bay Area Sustainable Solutions Pitch Competition. You can find him backpacking down at Channel Islands National Park, or pinching avocados at the Rainbow Grocery Food Co-op.

  • Tiffany Douglass
    Supporting Advisor

    Tiffany Douglass has diverse experience in sustainability, marketing, and business development strategies for corporate, non-profit, and social enterprises. As an active community leader, she focuses primarily on developing communications about values-driven business. She is currently a Solar Performance Analyst for Sungevity, a B Corp Certified international startup. As part of San Francisco Professional Leadership Team, Tiffany chairs member recruitment engagement, and satisfaction. Tiffany has found her "tribe" at Net Impact and values being surrounded by like-minded change makers.

    Tiffany obtained her BA from University of Mary Washington and her GreenMBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California where she lead the Net Impact graduate chapter for 2 years and received an Environmental Stewardship Scholarship.

  • Priya Shah
    Supporting Advisor

    Priya Shah is passionate about finding creative and innovative solutions to change the status quo. She currently works with Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc., leading governments, high-performing nonprofits, and private funders in building evidence-based initiatives that scale social impact by supporting interventions focused on addressing society's most persistent challenges. Prior to joining Third Sector, Priya was a management consultant, partnering with financial service and health care providers to redesign their business processes.

    Priya recently moved to San Francisco from the East Coast, and holds degrees in Economics and Politics from New York University. She enjoys good food and hanging with friends, and is on a journey of lifelong learning.

  • Heather Madison
    Supporting Advisor

  • Rachel Chang
    Analytics Chair

    Rachel Chang is a Product Manager at, the online platform connecting millions through micro-lending. She works closely with Kiva's corporate partners to build out projects for employee engagement programs and Kiva's engineering and analytics teams to create a better infrastructure for reporting and data analytics.

    Rachel graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration at Haas, a concentration in Engineering Leadership, and a minor in Energy & Resources. Rachel was also part of the Net Impact chapter at Cal for 4 years, where she served as President and VP of Project Development. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball (and rooting for the Warriors!), bouldering and cross-fit.

  • Makely Lyon
    Analytics Chair

    Makely is passionate about corporate sustainability, particularly innovation in products and processes towards a closed loop model of production, use and reuse. In her work, Makely has consulted for businesses and government entities on strategy, operations, sourcing and sustainability topics.

    Makely holds an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where she served on the Ross Net Impact leadership team, and an MS from Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She received her BA in Economics and Environmental Policy from Middlebury College. Makely enjoys running, hiking and exploring new places throughout California and around the globe.

  • Claire Kaufman
    NIx & Partnerships Chair

    Claire is the Continuing Education Director and the Project Manager at A Home Within. A Home Within provides pro-bono psychotherapy to foster youth around the nation. Before working at A Home Within she was the National Campus Coordinator at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, where she helped college students around the nation plan successful suicide prevention walks. Claire has worked in the nonprofit sector for over six years, and is planning to use the skills she has gained from the nonprofit sector to enter the corporate social responsibility space.

    When Claire isn’t working she enjoys open water swimming in the bay, running, and hanging out with friends around Oakland’s beautiful Lake Merritt. Claire graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.S. in Nonprofit Management and Communications.

  • Tanvi Pradhan
    Partnerships Chair

    Tanvi is a sustainable investments professional, and is responsible for integrating Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into investment strategies and portfolios at the SRI Wealth Management Group in RBC Wealth Management. She also works on team strategy, partnerships, marketing, and manager research among other things. Tanvi has previously worked as Research Assistant - Divestment at the SF State University Foundation, where she developed a carbon footprint model for equity portfolios, and as a trader at Barclays Investment Bank in Hong Kong.

    Tanvi has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India. She also pursued a second MBA from the San Francisco State University (SFSU) to study sustainable business. Tanvi has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Pune, India.

  • Will Su
    Partnerships Chair

    Will Su is a business analyst at FibroGen. Will was first introduced to Net Impact in college when he worked on achieving the AshokaU Changemaker Campus designation for Claremont McKenna College. Since then he has served as a Hult Prize at Campus Director and hosted a Climate Leadership Conference in collaboration with Defend Our Future and the Environmental Defense Fund. He had the honor of winning a competition at the 2015 Net Impact Conference in Seattle, enabling him to go on the inaugural social impact trip to the Dominican Republic with Fathom. Will is excited to build strategic partnerships for Net Impact San Francisco.

    Will holds a BA from Claremont McKenna College of Science and Management (Biotechnology track) with a sequence in Leadership Studies. Will is also a Kravis Fellow at the Kravis Leadership Institute.


Past chapter events

  • Sips for Solar 2017 Edition

    Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, 2323 Mission St, San Francisco, CA, 94110

    Socialize for a good cause at Sips for Solar! Back by popular demand, RE-volv and the San Francisco Professional Chapter of Net Impact invite you to sip on soda or salty dogs and network with clean energy peers, RE-volv friends and staff, and Net Impact members.

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  • Impact Finance for Millennials

    New Resource Bank, 255 California Street, San Francisco, CA, 94111

    Studies show that millennials are very interested in impact investing. But most impact investing and sustainable finance conversations are targeted to high net worth individuals.

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  • NISF Historical San Francisco Coast Hike

    Baker Beach Parking Lot, Battery Chamberlin Road, San Francisco, CA, 94129

    Come join your fellow Net Impact San Francisco members to enjoy the beautiful Bay Area fall with a short, fun hike! We'll do an out and back route in the Presidio from Baker Beach to Fort Point along the coast. The trail is easy to moderate with a total trip length of about 4.5 miles.

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Chapter discussion

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  • Doing Good with Data & Technology

    I work at ShareProgress, a data and technology consulting firm whose mission is to help organizations (i.e., Greenpeace, Center for Tobacco-Free Kids and AFL-CIO), spread and grow their impact by providing design, development, and data analytics support. Our mission is to help organizations focused on supporting the less fortunate or making life more equitable for everyone.

    We are always looking to improve the world we live in and we love coming up with new ways to engage audiences through education or digital advocacy projects.

    Check out our past work here in web development, data analytics and training:

    And let me know if we can help you out!

    Web Developer, ShareProgress

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  • Berkeley Grad searching for employment in Social Enterprise space.

    Hi All,

    My name is Samhita, and I am a semi-recent graduate of UC Berkeley. I am looking for full-time employment in the social enterprise space!

    A brief background: I graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2014 with a dual degree in Political Science and Economics. I have been looking for work in the social enterprise/social impact/impact investment space! I've connected with a social impact startup promoting female economic empowerment (based in Chicago), and I love the idea of market-driven social justice solutions. I am in the Bay Area for about a month, and I wanted to reach out to the Net Impact community for any advice, resources, etc.

    Please feel free to e-mail me at



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  • We're looking for a socially-minded VP of Finance for our B Corps!

    Position Summary
    Exponent Partners is growing - in staff, financially, and in the social impact we achieve. To support and continue that growth, we are seeking a key addition to our executive team. The Vice President of Finance and Operations will be a strategic leader for the organization, and provide hands-on engagement in several functions which are vital to a high-performing organization, including finance, human resources, legal, and company administration. This role will report to the CEO and be located in our headquarters in San Francisco.

    We are seeking a dynamic leader with a performance management mindset who is motivated by our social mission. Exponent Partners is a social venture, a California benefit corporation, and a certified B Corporation that is dedicated to supporting positive social change through technology and providing a great working environment for our team members.

    Primary Responsibilities
    Strategy, Vision and Leadership

    Advise the CEO and other key members of senior management on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, and policy matters; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at executive team and committee meetings.

    Contribute to the development of Exponent Partners’ strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.

    Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the CEO and senior management informed of all critical issues.

    Represent the organization externally in contracts, banking, insurance, financing, and lease negotiations.

    Team Management and Development

    Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance and operations teams, including staff, consultants, and outside service providers including legal and tax.

    Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

    Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, manage annual performance appraisals and salary adjustments.


    Develop and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures. Implement and operate performance management systems for high-performing, transparent business processes across the organization. Supervise the management of internal information technology.

    Plan, coordinate, and execute the annual budget process. Deliver monthly and quarterly performance reports and provide analytic support to management. Prepare financial analysis for contract negotiations and product investment decisions.

    Manage administrative and operational services such as treasury management, employee benefits administration, payroll, accounts payable, and purchasing.

    Business or Accounting degree mandatory, an MBA is preferred. CPA a plus.

    Minimum 5 to 10 years’ experience in a senior management role in a high-growth organization.

    Proven track record of instilling a high-performance mindset within a growing organization.

    Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

    Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a diverse team with varying levels of expertise.

    Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask; self reliant and results oriented.

    Superior management skills, ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.

    Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives.

    Knowledge of finance, GAAP accounting, budgeting, cost control principles and automated financial reporting systems.

    Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills. Ability to effectively interface with senior management, our clients, and our staff.

    Experience either as an employee or board member of a nonprofit organization preferred.

    Please apply at:

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  • Have a few minutes to complete a survey that will help my socially-minded startup, CleanPlate, hone its services?

    Hello all!

    CleanPlate is working to help restaurants, food vendors, cities, and people reduce waste associated with takeout food. I'd like to invite you to take a short survey on your takeout ordering habits—even if your habit is that you never order takeout!

    I'd love to get as many responses as possible by October 17. Thanks in advance; I'm really excited to hear from you!

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  • Accomodations for 2014 Net Impact Central Conference?

    Hi all,

    Just wanted to start a thread around accommodations for the Net Impact conference in Minneapolis Nov 6 - 8, as I know only a few of our members are making the journey and there may be opportunities to room together.

    I'll be arriving the evening of Thursday Nov 6th, and leaving mid-day Sunday, Nov 8th. Let me know if there are any other men interested in sharing a room.


    President, Net Impact San Francisco Professional's Chapter

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  • After July, when will the next Net Impact event take place?

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the July 19 event due to a prior engagement. After July, when will the next Net Impact event take place?

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