Power Moves: Fosterly founder Adam Zuckerman joins DC's Energy Impact Center - Technical.ly DC


Jun. 10, 2020 1:46 pm

Power Moves: Fosterly founder Adam Zuckerman joins DC’s Energy Impact Center

Plus, hires, promotions and leadership shifts are happening at MakeOffices, Greater Washington Partnership, SAIC, 3Pillar Global and NetImpact Strategies.
Adam Zuckerman.

Adam Zuckerman.

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Nearly two years after Fosterly shuttered its operations, founder Adam Zuckerman announced that he has joined the Energy Impact Center team as its VP of business development.

Zuckerman spent eight years leading Fosterly, which aimed to connect entrepreneurs to growth resources, until fall 2018. He also worked at Discovery in multiple roles, including director of venture and innovation, between 2011 and 2018. In his new role, Zuckerman will be responsible for the D.C.-based climate research organization’s international development operations.

“I’ve always sought out challenges with the potential to help as many people as possible, and I can’t think of a more important (and timely) issue to take on,” Zuckerman said in a May LinkedIn blog post.


Dee Dee Helfenstein, former EVP at Booz Allen Hamilton, left the company after 21 years to join Reston, Virginia-based SAIC as EVP and chief strategic growth officer.

In the newly created role, Helfenstein now leads SAIC’s corporate strategy and growth initiatives to help “drive the company’s organic growth and market leadership,” per a statement. She reports directly to SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene.

“I have watched and admired SAIC as it evolved from a spinoff to a true market leader. I am excited by the opportunity to join Nazzic and her leadership team, to work side-by-side and in partnership with the general managers, and to meaningfully contribute to achieving its strategy and goals,” Helfenstein said. “It’s an honor to join a company with such a strong heritage of service to our customers, our communities, our nation, and our world.”


Greater Washington Partnership announced that entrepreneur and tech executive JB Holston will take over as CEO in September.

The partnership was formed in 2016 by 17 CEOs and business leaders in the D.C., Baltimore and Richmond areas to get more recognition for this area as a “hub for business and innovation.” Holston will take over after the group’s inaugural CEO Jason Miller announced that he was stepping down last year.

For the past five years, Holston has been serving as the dean of the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science at University of Denver. The partnership did a national search for its new leader and decided it was time to bring in someone with national credentials to shape the regional business community, the Washington Business Journal reported.


Fairfax, Virginia-based software development company 3Pillar Global has welcomed Michael Detwiler as a member of its board of directors. He brings two decades of experience working in the tech innovation and financial industries, and he previously served as Accenture’s senior managing director and head of Accenture Software.

Detwiler’s addition to 3Pillar’s board comes as part of a growth phase since the company launched a strategic partnership and secured an investment from CIP Capital, a New York-based private equity firm.

“I have followed David and the 3Pillar team for some time and have watched their growth by leading with a product mindset and a return on investment strategy,” said Detwiler in a statement. “3Pillar always puts its clients first while helping them navigate the continued evolution into a digital world.”


Arlington, Virginia-based MakeOffices welcomed Jeffrey Langdon as its new CEO in May, replacing Zach Wade who led the company for three years. The coworking company has six offices in D.C., with more locations in Virginia, Philadelphia and Chicago. Langdon is also the founder of Adaptive Office Resources, a real estate management consulting firm.


NetImpact Strategies, a Falls Church, Virginia-based technology product provider for the federal government, announced that its executive director, Elizabeth Ahrens, has been promoted to VP of civilian health. She brings more than 20 years of experience leading teams focused on health IT.

In this role, Ahrens will work with the company’s civilian health customers including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to deliver services and solutions.

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