A native Midwesterner, Emily was excited to move to D.C. for a fancy job at a renewable energy consulting firm. But she quickly realized the work she was doing was far removed from making a real impact on our energy system. She wanted to make tangible progress, not write reports. She connected with Anya Schoolman after Googling “DC and solar” and then landed a volunteer gig at Anya’s kitchen table. For the first time since moving from Minnesota, Emily feels like she’s found a community of people who get stuff done.