August 14, 2019 Ripple Effect


The company ranks #2160 overall with three-year growth of 186%

Ripple Effect joined elite company this week after it was named, for the third year in a row, to Inc. magazine’s annual rankings of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Ripple Effect claimed the 2160th spot overall in the 2019 Inc. 5000 list, building on its #467 ranking last year and #595 in 2017.

“I’m so proud of our company and our people,” said Ripple Effect CEO Amy Bielski, “Making this list annually is hard to sustain, as year-over-year growth percentages naturally taper off.” According to the publication, of the tens of thousands of companies that apply to the Inc. 5000 list, only a fraction have made the list more than once, and just one in eight companies have made the list three times. 

A Rockville-based, woman-owned small business, Ripple Effect has more than 165 active employees and has grown nearly 200% from 2015 to 2019. Working primarily with federal agencies across communications and outreach, program management and policy, and research and evaluation capabilities, Ripple Effect has carved a niche for itself in the government contracting space, building focused subject matter expertise on health care and science research policies and procedures. 

“This is truly a team recognition. We wouldn’t be here without bright, flexible people who are dedicated to making our clients successful, no matter the challenges,” Bielski continued. “We are all about working smarter and performing better, and the growth in both our client portfolio and revenue are proof points for our investments in our culture and in the people who make us who we are.”

The company has prioritized building a work culture that attracts top talent in both the Washington D.C. Metro Area and across the United States, through a flexible hiring model that values remote and part-time workers.

Ripple Effect has recruited a diverse team of doctors, evaluation research scientists, communications specialists, and PhD scientists that combine interdisciplinary backgrounds to solve complex and constantly evolving client challenges.

The company embraces modern workplace trends in their Rockville office, which includes hot desking and room reservation software, sit-to-stand and treadmill desks, soundproof TalkBox pods, a quiet room for mindfulness activities, and an open floor plan that promotes collaboration. 

The focus on culture and environment extends into the future, as Ripple Effect prepares for continued growth 

“We’ve been recognized for our incredible success and growth over these past few years, and we are in great position to continue that,” Bielski said. “By remaining focused on recruiting top talent, evolving our technical solutions, and expanding our portfolio, we will be a top employer for our people, and a trusted partner to our clients as they grow as well.”  

About Inc. 5000:

Published annually, the Inc. 5000 is the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment, its independent small and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known businesses gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. 


The 2019 Inc. 5000 list is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2015 to 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. Companies had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. 

About Ripple Effect:

Ripple Effect is a private, women-owned company working with federal, local, and nonprofit clients and supporting policies and programs that shape our nation. Our three distinct, yet interrelated capability areas focus on program management & policy, research & evaluation, and communications & outreach. Founded in 2003, Ripple Effect has grown into a team of more than 165 researchers, scientists, policy analysts, data analysts, strategic communicators, and more.

Our mission to work smarter and perform better, combined with a flexible, adaptive staffing model, inspires our vision to be flexible with our people, essential to partners, and exceptional for our clients. Learn more at or visit the company’s LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter pages.



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