About Us

Net Impact is one of the largest student groups at MIT Sloan and our aim is to improve the world through business and management. We are an affiliate of the national Net Impact organization and collaborate with both the Boston professional chapter and other business school Net Impact chapters. Meet our leadership team:

Co-President – Gabriela Werneck

Gabriela is a MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to coming to Sloan, Gabriela worked for 7 years at Bain & Company in Brazil with top management of large national and multinational groups in industries such as retail, consumer products and financial services. At Sloan, she was the Campus Director of the Hult Prize @ MIT in 2017 challenge and in the last winter break she volunteered to teach entrepreneurship in Tanzania and work in a healthcare start-up in Kenya. Gabriela received a B.S. in Civil Engineer from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and is a passionate traveler, Pilates addict, tennis amateur and a beginner in meditation.


Co-President – Natalia Lerner

Natalia is an MBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, she spent six years working in Technology Consulting at Accenture, primarily focused on work for the United States federal government. At Sloan, Natalia was the 2016 Net Impact conference lead and she is involved with the MIT Food and Agriculture Club, The Sloan Happy Belly Club, and The Sloan Hispanic Business Club. She is interested in exploring how businesses can pursue both profit- and social impact-focused goals in order to provide sustainable impact on communities. Natalia has a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. She loves reading, traveling, and cooking for her friends and family.


VP of Careers and Events – Catherine Wright

Catherine is a first year MBA student at the Sloan School of Management pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. Prior to school she worked for the leading peer to peer lending company, Lending Club. Catherine developed training and data infrastructure to support the Operations Department in growing from 70 to 500+ people in three years. She also has extensive non-profit experience at Teach For America, City Year, and Dui Hua, which advocates for criminal justice in China. Going forward, Catherine plans to combine her passion for fintech and social impact by working on technological innovations to increase financial inclusion. In her free time, Catherine loves biking, yoga, and attending music festivals.


VP of Careers – Hillary Larsen

Hillary Larsen has focused her time at MIT Sloan on the intersection of sustainability and food and agriculture through involvement with Net Impact as VP of Careers and Alumni and the Rabobank-MIT Food & Agribusiness Prize. She is also very involved in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at MIT through her work with the MIT 100K as Lead of Judging and planning work for the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Lab. Her work experience is based on applying consumer insights to create growth strategies in both higher education and strategy consulting. Hillary received her B.A. in Mathematics and Romance Languages from Washington & Lee University in 2010.


VP of Corporate Sponsorship – Xavier Roca

Xavier is an MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, pursuing the Sustainability Certificate, with a focus on developing businesses with sustainable strategies and innovation. Prior to Sloan, he was a Sustainability Project Manager at Forética, the Spanish Association of Corporate Social Responsibility. Before Forética, Xavier was Head of Grant Management at Cetaqua, the Barcelona Water Technology Center. He has experience in fostering multi-stakeholder collaboration in innovation and sustainability, and he likes connecting ideas and people. He studied Civil and Environmental Engineering in Barcelona and in Paris.


VP of Communications – Pia Iriarte

Pia Iriarte led financial planning processes for Mondelez International in Latin America for almost 7 years, mainly for the Biscuits and Gum & Candy categories. She was a Project Team Coordinator for a non-profit focused on sustainable development projects in communities in the Amazon Rainforest, focusing on fish farms and health education. She holds a Professional Engineering degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Lima in Peru, and is currently a first year MBA candidate at MIT Sloan, pursuing the Sustainability Certificate. She also serves as an Officer in the MIT’s Retail and CPG, Food and Agribusiness and Net Impact clubs.


VP of Finance – Thiago Samu

MBA Candidate at Babson Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business. Prior to coming to Babson, Thiago worked for 10 years at large corporations in Strategy and Finance. He used to be a volunteer English teacher at Cidadão Pró-mundo. In the last winter break he volunteered to teach entrepreneurship in Tanzania and work in an education start-up in Kenya. At MIT, he is an active participant of the Public Speaking, Brazilian and Leadership clubs. Thiago received a master degree in Financial Engineering from University of São Paulo, Brazil, and a bachelor of business administration from Mauá Institue of Technology, Brazil and he is a sports addicted and beginner in meditation.


 VP of Board Fellows – Ngoc Pham

Ngoc is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan, Class of 2018. Prior to Sloan, Ngoc worked at Analysis Group, where she worked on a variety of antitrust and consumer protection litigation cases. At Sloan, she is the VP of Projects for the Sloan Entrepreneurs for International Development (SEID), a member of the Workforce Development team for the MIT Impact Investing Initiative, and on the logistics team for the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC).


 VP of Board Fellows – Lea Telleschi

Lea is a 2018 MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Lea worked as a strategy and management consultant, primarily focused on healthcare, education, and employment. She then joined the management team of a national network of boarding school for opportunity youth. At Sloan, she was a 2017 impact investing fellow and supported a healthcare start-up in its go-to market strategy. Lea has an MPA from Sciences Po Paris, and is specially interested in the challenges of healthcare policy, delivery, and sustainability. From France, she also lived in Hungary and Brazil, and is a passionate dancer and explorer of new countries and cultures.


VP of BUILD – Allison Bard

Allison Bard is a second-year student at MIT Sloan School of Management pursuing her Masters in Business Administration and the Sustainability Certificate.  She received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont.  Prior to attending Sloan, Allison worked in energy efficiency at a large energy utility and an energy consulting firm. Allison has an interest in corporate social responsibility and integrating environmental sustainability in global supply chains. She interned with Nike this summer and will be returning upon graduation. Allison loves exploring the outdoors, whether by playing sports, hiking and backpacking, splitting wood, or navigating city sidewalks.


VP of the Sloan Social Impact Fellowship – Becky Dale

Becky Dale is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan School of Management. At Sloan, she is a co-organizer of the Rabobank-MIT Food and Agribusiness Prize and a Vice President of Net Impact. Prior to business school, Becky served as the Manager of Environmental Sustainability Programs at AEG, a global sports and entertainment company, where she established new 2020 environmental goals for the company and worked with 80+ facilities on a variety of projects to reduce their environmental impact. Becky previously worked for Global Philanthropy Group developing high-impact giving strategies for individual and corporate philanthropists. She started her career at Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest utilities, where she analyzed renewable energy and climate change policy. Becky earned a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis and History from Pomona College.