August 12, 2020 Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect Selected to 2020 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies!

The company ranks #3,324 overall with three-year growth of 113%

Rockville, MD; August 12, 2020—Ripple Effect joined elite company this week after it was named, for the fourth year in a row, to Inc. magazine’s annual rankings of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Ripple Effect claimed the 3,324th spot overall on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list, building on its previous annual rankings of #2,160 (2019), #467 (2018) and #595 (2017).

“To make this list four years in a row is an amazing accomplishment,” said Ripple Effect President and CEO Amy Bielski. “It gets harder every year, as year-over-year growth percentages tend to taper off the bigger you get.” 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 or more.

A Rockville-based, woman-owned small business, Ripple Effect has more than 180 active employees and has grown nearly 113% from 2016 to 2020. 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.

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 researchers, communications specialists, and PhD scientists that combine interdisciplinary backgrounds to solve complex and constantly evolving client challenges.

“This recognition is a testament to our bright people who make our clients successful, day in and day out, no matter the challenges,” Bielski continued. “But it also reflects our culture of flexibility, adaptability, and lifelong learning. The world moves quickly, and the growths in both our revenue and client portfolio are proof that we’ve been able to successfully adapt as a company while maintaining the same values that we’ve held all along.”

The focus on culture and environment extends into the future, as Ripple Effect prepares for continued growth, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has significantly disrupted business operations for so many American businesses. To that end, Ripple Effect has expanded its virtual capability offerings, built new partnerships and talent pipelines, and invested in new policies to support employees and give them the flexibility they need to work smarter and perform better during this prolonged pandemic.

“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.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at The top 500 companies are also being featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 12.

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held virtually from October 23 to 27, 2020. As always, speakers will include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.



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 LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter pages.


Patrick McCarthy
Director of Strategic Growth, Ripple Effect

About Inc. Media:

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit


The 2020 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2016 and 2019. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2016. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2019. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2016 is $100,000; the minimum for 2019 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at



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