Net Impact at Darden

Distinguished Alumni in Mission-Driven Careers

Wendy Brown (’91) 

Founder and Vice-Chair of the Board, Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, with 250 nonprofit and business members, is dedicated to strengthening nonprofits through education and training, sharing resources, and mentoring in order to enhance the quality of life for all Charlottesville area residents.

Michelle DeKoven (’02)  

Director of Finance, The Nature Conservancy 

Terri Denning (’99)  

Business Development General Manager, Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation’s North American Operations

Ms. Denning has twelve years of Finance, Deal Structuring and Business Development experience in the energy field, with the last nine years in the wind energy industry.

Stephen Evanko, Capital One (’01)  

Director, Capital One

Stephen Evanko leads Capital One’s Environmental Sustainability Office and is responsible for charting the company’s sustainability strategy. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Virginia-based Richmond Regional Energy Alliance, a non-profit that helps area residents access rebates and make energy efficient upgrades to their homes.

Kate Heiny (’07)  

Sustainability Manager, Target

Has led Target’s environmental sustainability strategy, including operational innovation, public policy and business integration.

Carolyn Miles (’88) 

Executive VP and COO, Save the Children

Katherine Neebe (’04)  

Manager, Business and Industry, WWF

Has managed a $24M transformational partnership with The Coca-Cola Company to: measurably conserve seven key freshwater river basins, improve the efficiency of the company’s water use, support more efficient water use in the company’s agricultural supply chain, beginning with sugar, and decrease the company’s carbon dioxide emissions and energy use. The partnership was renewed in 2008 for an additional $4M, has generated $8.3M in supplemental funding (35% growth), and is active in more than 45 countries.

Chrissa Pagitsas (’09)  

Green Initiative Program Manager, Fannie Mae Multifamily

Leads the Green Initiative for Fannie Mae's $190B Multifamily division, identifying opportunities to integrate energy and water efficiency solutions within Fannie Mae financing solutions, underwriting, asset management and MBS.

Chip Ransler (’09) and Manoj Sinha (’09) 

Founders, Husk Power Systems

Husk Power Systems produces electricity out of rice husks for rural Indian villages.

Larry Selzer (’90)  

President and CEO, Conservation Fund 

Has been President since 2001, leading the protection of waterways, watershed, wildlife habitat, and historic sites and recreation areas. 

Will Teichman (’09)  

Director of Sustainability, Kimco Realty Corp.

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