Net Impact

Net Impact mobilizes new generations to use their skills and careers to drive transformational social and environmental change.

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.

Our chapter hosts speakers, organizes educational, volunteer, and career-related workshops and events, coordinates an annual welcome retreat for new and continuing students and attends Net Impact conferences. The Chapter also competes in business case competitions like the Food Solutions Challenge and the Annual Net Impact Case Competition.

About our Club

Our Mission

The Graduate Chapter of the Net Impact Club is led by MBA students, but open to all graduate students at UC Davis who seek to drive environmental and social change on our campus, in our community and on our planet. 

Net Impact offers networking and educational opportunities that bring together students and alumni and encourage community involvement. From career treks to Social Entrepreneur Enablement Design Sprint (SEEDS), community volunteering events and Earth Day celebrations, we provide our members and the GSM community with a wide variety of opportunities to engage with one another in new and thought-provoking ways.

“In addition to its many accomplishments, the Davis team has spread the Net Impact message to the 120-person student body, creating a chapter that while small in number, is mighty in impact.”

- Liz Maw, Former CEO, Net Impact

UC Davis Graduate School of Management is perhaps the smallest chapter in Net Impact, yet pulled off participation in the Food Solutions Challenge, Net Impact Case Competition, was the only club in the program to lead orientation activities for incoming students and accomplished the first-ever Overnight Career Trek that saw 20% participation from the entire full-time MBA student body.

Check out Former Net Impact Club President Daniel Student’s blog post about Net Impact’s events here

Meet our Board

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Jeff Greenfeld
President

Jeffrey is a UC Davis Chemistry alumni (2010) and California native who brings a decade of experience in media and investing to both the Net Impact and Finance Association clubs as president. Jeffrey is passionate about investment finance and ESG investing in particular—he hopes to use his background in science and investing to demonstrate that progress and profit are not mutually exclusive.

At the GSM, Jeffrey is known for his warm disposition and leafy green zoom backgrounds. In his spare time, he likes to play instruments, make glass art, and enjoy the outdoors (especially Tahoe). His goal as president is to help strengthen and grow the culture and traditions at the GSM as it recovers from the disruption of COVID-19. 

Jeffrey currently works as an intern at Winning Streak Ventures, a VC firm in Sacramento, and has worked previously with companies like Ogilvy & Mather, IBM, Sprite, and Netflix.

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Deepi Agarwal
Co-Vice President

With over 6 years of experience in tech marketing, Deepi would like to market the social initiatives that we as responsible humans can take toward making this world a better place to live. Through this club, she hopes to bring together people who would be interested in saving the earth by planting more trees, supporting the use of green products, and avoiding using plastic. She would also like to focus on reducing food wastage and inequality among people. As a member of the Net Impact Club, Deepi participated in the Annual Net Impact Case Competition focused on designing a comprehensive, feasible, and fair COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for a country.

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Aakriti Tripathi
Co-Vice President

Immersing her own experience from the Big Pharma/Healthcare industry, Aakriti is looking forward to channeling the same energy to the Net Impact Leadership by combining key strategic issues to produce leading-edge social models and implement sustainable solutions. Driven by her personal experiences, she hopes to advocate for child disability, empowerment, recycling, climate change and animal rights.

In her first year as a Net Impact Club member, Aakriti competed in the Annual Net Impact Case Competition which focused on providing a sustainable and impartial solution for vaccine distribution. As Co-Vice President of Net Impact’s Graduate Chapter, she is excited to collaborate with other students who share the motto of helping people with disabilities and volunteering for social impact and female empowerment causes.

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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. Read more >

Energy Efficiency Center

The UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center aims to accelerate energy efficiency innovation and to stimulate the transfer of technology into the marketplace. The center is uniquely poised to make significant contributions to this effort by supporting and energizing activities and expertise already well established at UC Davis. Read more >

Fun Fact: Did you know that Gallagher Hall, home to the Graduate School of Management is a Leed Certified building?

University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program: A Statewide Program within UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) was created through the grassroots 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. Read more >

John Muir Institute of the Environment

The John Muir Institute of the Environment 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. Read more >

Orientation Retreat

Net Impact Graduate Chapter at UC Davis works closely with the Associated Students of Management to ensure that a socially and environmentally responsible theme is woven into the new student orientation. Past events have included weekend retreats to Lake Tahoe, where students toured the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Science Center; Yosemite National Park, where students stayed at the social venture Evergreen Lodge; a wine-tasting trip to an organic winery; a volunteer event at the local Boys & Girls Club; a “trial” case study focusing on diversity in the workplace; and an informal Big Idea Party where all club members had the option to share short presentations on an issue they care about.

Net Impact Annual Conference

Each year students have the opportunity to attend the Net Impact Annual Conference. Considered one of the premier events for students and professionals interested in socially and environmentally responsible business, the Net Impact North America Conference mobilizes members through an exciting array of keynotes, panels, case studies, simulations and special events. Participants gain a fresh perspective on the role of business in society and a new appreciation for their work as business leaders and their connection to a network of like-minded colleagues.

Board Fellows Program

The Board Fellows Program led by the Women in Leadership Club (WiL), but open to all UC Davis Graduate School of Management MBA candidates, matches students with the boards of nonprofit organizations. The program benefits both parties: students gain exposure to nonprofit organizations and a rewarding experience as a non-voting board member, and the participating nonprofit benefits from project or committee work, access to future business leaders with fresh perspectives, and affiliation with the Graduate School of Management.

Fellows work closely with trustees and executive directors, attending board meetings, serving on committees, and working on special projects. As a result, Fellows gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations, as well as the complexities of nonprofit management.