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Net Impact San Ramon – Professional Chapter
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a network of business leaders who use the power of business to create a positive net social, environmental and economic impact

Net Impact San Ramon works to connect professionals who want to use business as a force for environmental and social good by providing events and programming for members to connect, learn and collaborate. Our chapter hosts speakers, organizes volunteer and network events, and works with other chapters and like-minded organizations to complete projects with multiple bottom lines.

About our Chapter

Our Mission

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Net Impact San Ramon, a professional chapter dedicated to creating environmental and social change on in our community and around the world.  We offer year-round networking, educational, and experiential opportunities that bring together professionals from corporate social responsibility sectors, social enterprises, social entrepreneurial corporations, nonprofits and impact investment funds.

Our chapter is situated in a niche position that allows it to work closely with the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis.  Although we are a professional chapter, it was founded and is led by working professionals from the part-time Bay Area MBA program. This allows us to collaborate with the administration and other campus groups that share our vision.

Meet our board

Erik Bluvas
VP of Finance
Stemming from his childhood in rural New York, ErikBluvas has a genuine concern for environmental issues and has focused his career in the sustainability industry. He also has interest in nonprofits and other volunteer work. Erik holds a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from Penn State University and has over nine years of professional experience. He currently works in management and business development with an LED lighting startup in the Bay Area. Outside of his busy schedule Erik is an outdoor enthusiast and loves downhill skiing, surfing and mountain biking whenever he can.
 
Vanessa Wai
VP of Programs

Vanessa has been working in the nonprofit field for nearly eight years, with experience in community engagement, workforce development and social enterprises (i.e., businesses with a social mission). She currently works at Benetech, a nonprofit technology social enterprise that globally provides accessible technology and resources for people who have visual impairments or learning disabilities. Previously Vanessa launched three social enterprises (a café, retail store and product line) that created job training and employment opportunities for homeless women in the Los Angeles area. She completed her undergraduate degree at UC Irvine, where she studied psychology and social behavior. Vanessa is passionate about food, community building and social innovation.

 
Pei Pei Yu
VP of Events
Pei Pei Yu is a 2018 MBA candidate at UC Davis. She has a background in food science and technology management. Pei has five years of experiences in food industry. She started her career as a research associate focused on sustainable crops research. Later, she extended her experience in food safety and quality control and today has attained a role as a product manager. Her main focus is product commercialization, product development and operation continuous improvement. Pei enjoys group exercise, outdoor activities and travel to learn about the local culture and customs. 
 
Satya Vakkaleri
VP of Partnerships
Satya is a 2017 MBA Candidate at UC Davis. With a background in computer science and engineering, he has over 12 years of experience in the technology industry. Satya is excited about the trends in technology, specifically opportunities via mobile that aim to improve the lives of those in developing nations. Satya believes that volunteering is not just carving time out for a cause, but something one can do in everyday life in small measures. When he is not reading to or wrestling with his three year old, he likes playing tennis or poker.
 

Resources

Net Impact (National Organization)

Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

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Energy Efficiency Center

UC Davis established the Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) to accelerate energy efficiency innovation and stimulate the transfer of the technology into the marketplace. The mission of the EEC is to support the development of energy efficiency solutions and to stimulate the transfer of the technology into the marketplace. The EEC is uniquely poised to make significant contributions to this effort by supporting and energizing activities and expertise already well established at UC Davis.

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University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education ProgramA Statewide Program within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) was created through the grass roots efforts of organizations and individuals concerned about the environmental impacts of agriculture, the health of rural communities, and the profitability of family farming operations in California.

At the request of the California legislature, the University of California established SAREP with three mandates:

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John Muir Institute of the Environment

The John Muir Institute of the Environment (JMIE) supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems. The institute’s faculty are committed to strengthening the scientific foundation for environmental decision making through collective entrepreneurship, a team-oriented approach that recognizes the complexities of environmental problems and the societal context in which they occur.

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Autodesk Sustainability Workshop

The Autodesk® Sustainability Workshop offers free online resources that teach the principles and practice of sustainability in engineering and design. The resources are meant to help educators teach and students learn the broader context and importance of sustainability in the engineering and architecture profession.

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Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility

The mission of the Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility promotes research, pedagogy and outreach that improves investor welfare and/or corporate responsibility.
The center serves to infuse science into investment management and corporate practice. To do so, the center promotes research, teaching and service that emphasize the rigorous application of scientific principles to investment management and corporate practices.

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Institute of Transportation Studies

Founded in 1991, the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Davis has grown into a multifaceted program with more than 60 affiliated faculty members and 80 graduate students. Its primary program components are research, education, and outreach. ITS partners with academic and research centers on and off campus, and with industry, government, and nongovernmental organizations around the world.

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Chapter Bylaws

Statement of Purpose

  • The mission of the San Ramon Professional Chapter is to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.mission is to connect like-minded individuals who aim to use business as a force for environmental and social good by providing events and programming for members to connect, learn, and collaborate. This is done through activities such as:

  1. Networking and learning opportunities for area professionals
  2. Developing a collaborative environment for socially responsible area businesses
  3. Building relationships with other socially responsible organizations
  4. Supporting and creating volunteer opportunities for area professionals

Leadership Team Membership

 Qualification for leadership. Leaders must:

  • Commit to working to further the mission of the Chapter
  • Attend the majority of monthly leadership team meetings, unless other arrangements are made with the consent of the President and Vice President
  • Be members of Net Impact Central and affiliated with
  • Attend at least four chapter events each year
  • Co-lead or help coordinate at least two chapter events each year

Qualifications for membership must also comply with the Chapter’s policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability.

  • Term of office. Each leadership team member shall serve for a term of one year at which point they will have the opportunity to be re-elected to continue serving in their current role or move to another role within the team.

  • Elections. Leadership members are voted in by a majority vote by the standing leadership team. The process of electing new members will be laid out by the President and Vice Presidents. The specific roles and qualifications will be defined year to year.

  • Termination. Termination of leadership team membership shall occur by a) resignation b) expiration of the fixed term of membership c) decision by the President and Vice President(s) or d) death. A member may resign at any time by written notice to the President.

Amendments

  • These Bylaws may be amended or repealed by the approval of a majority of the leadership team.

Chapter Programs

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Upcoming Events

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