The mission of the Net Impact club is to build upon UNC Kenan-Flagler’s tradition of leadership in sustainable business practices by providing students with education, opportunity, and inspiration to drive social and environmental change.
University of North Carolina - Kenan-Flagler Business School - Graduate
Originally from the greater Boston area, Mike studied Philosophy and sang a cappella at Connecticut College. After graduation, he moved to Shenzhen, China to teach English before returning to Boston and joining a solar and energy efficiency start-up. After three years, Mike took over the rooftop solar division of the company and led its merger with one of the leading power companies in the US. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, he is concentrating in Management Consulting, Sustainable Enterprise, and Energy, and is committed to building a career at the intersection of business and sustainability. In his free time, Mike enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and leisurely exploring art festivals and farmers markets.
VP of Finance
Leslie grew up in New Jersey but went to Davidson College to study Art History. Prior to attending Kenan-Flagler, she worked for a content licensing firm and then an industry research firm in account manager and business development roles in New York City. She enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring new food scenes.
VP of Communications
Born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jamie is a proud Double Tar Heel. She studied Business Administration in undergrad and participated in Kenan-Flagler's GLOBE program studying abroad in Copenhagen and Hong Kong. Since graduating, she has held various accounting and finance roles at GE and a micro-acoustic company called Knowles. At Kenan-Flagler, she is concentrating in Management Consulting and Sustainable Enterprise while participating as a Non-Profit Board Consultant. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, cooking and traveling.
Tina Jeffress (Perkins)
VP of Corporate Relations
Tina Jeffress is a second-year at Kenan-Flagler, focusing on energy and sustainability. She most recently served as associate director of the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., where she managed a diverse research portfolio focused on private sector development. Prior to CSIS, she directed local programs for Yspaniola, an education and community development NGO in the Dominican Republic. She is originally from Redondo Beach, CA and earned a B.A. in International Development and Spanish at UCLA.
VP of Learning & Development
Kitt grew up in Chapel Hill originally, but left the South to attend Georgetown University in Washington DC. After working for four years as a nonprofit fundraiser, helping donors and their advisors to evaluate and establish planned gifts for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and for Sierra Club in DC, she decided to escape the north and come back where she belongs. Getting an MBA was a convenient way to do that – at KFBS, she’s concentrating in consulting and sustainable enterprise. She loves cooking and eating, getting outdoors, and seeing live music, theater, and dance whenever she can.
VP of Community Engagement
Ariel grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and completed her undergraduate education at the College of William and Mary where she studied government. After college she spent two years in Taiwan on a Fulbright and in a language training program. Later, after returning to the US she moved to Washington DC where she spent a brief period working in policy and then transitioned to healthcare consulting. Ariel is dedicated to using her business education and her skills from working in the government and the private sector to forge a career dedicated to creating positive social impact. In her free time, she enjoys visiting Botanic Gardens around the world, including the UNC gardens, and listening to live music.
VP of Careers
Devon grew up in the Boston area where she developed a love of outdoor activities. She attended undergrad at Bates College in Maine where she studied Politics and was a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team. After graduation Devon moved back to Boston and worked with middle schoolers at a charter school for a year before working at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health. Devon realized that her true passion lies at the intersection of business and the environment which led her to pursue a dual MBA at Kenan-Flagler and a Masters of Environmental Management Degree from Duke. Devon is committed to helping companies become greener and is focusing on sustainable enterprise at UNC. Outside of school, Devon enjoys cooking, hiking, reading and travelling.
VP of FoodCon
Eric has spent his whole life moving further down the East Coast. Born and raised in New York State, he went to college at the University of Delaware and then worked as a banking consultant with EY in Washington, DC. After a two year sojourn in the US Peace Corps in Nicaragua, Eric moved to North Carolina to begin his MBA studies at UNC. He is most interested in sustainable agricultural and food systems.
VP of FoodCon
Aisa Ledesma grew up in San Jose, CA, and has lived in the northern Virginia area for the last decade. She received her degree from the college of business at Virginia Tech majoring in Finance. Following school, she worked with Microsoft supporting their U.S. Government Affairs team as a project coordinator. At Kenan Flagler, she is pursuing concentrations in Operations and Marketing, with an enrichment in Sustainable Enterprise. She will be joining IBM this summer as part of their Exteme Blue intern program. Her interests include cooking (and eating) new foods, travel, and sports.
VP of Careers with Impact Forum
Raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts, educated at Villanova University, and employed by Quest Diagnostics in Northern NJ, Nate has moved up and down the East coast until finally landing in Chapel Hill to complete his MBA with concentrations in Real Estate, Energy, and Sustainability. With a background in Healthcare Corporate Finance and Sales Operations, Nate chose to try something new and spent the summer in Santa Monica learning about the commercial solar industry at Cypress Creek Renewables. Feel free to chat with him about New England sports, wine and beer, hiking, the pros and cons of dog ownership, and/or road trips.
VP of Invest for Impact
Owen was born in England but grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and a Masters in Earthquake Engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy. After school he worked designing bridges back in Auckland, New Zealand. Owen came to UNC to pursue interests in entrepreneurship and sustainability and is particularly interested in combining these passions through social entrepreneurship and Impact Investing.
UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA Net Impact Club offers a wide range of events that inspire and educate students on career opportunities addressing social and environmental issues. Our annual Invest for Impact Competition brings together sustainable entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and student venture capital teams to compete in evaluating sustainable business plans for seed funding. The club also organizes a Careers in Sustainability Forum dedicated to bringing top business leaders in sustainability to campus to enable students to understand the broad range of opportunities to address social and environmental challenges across industries. The MBA Net Impact Club is very engaged in the student community and actively collaborates with other career clubs, such as the Energy Club, the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital club, the Marketing club and the Operations club to host speakers and networking events. The club’s committed and proactive Greening Committee serves as a learning laboratory and change maker to achieve measurable improvements in sustainability at the business school. As one of the largest clubs at the business school, Net Impact is perceived by students to be a very active, forward thinking, and positive career club that offers valuable programs to engage and inspire the student body.