Ballard Center for Social Impact
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Todd joined the BYU Marriott School faculty as Professor-of-Practice in 2003 to teach courses in social impact and to found the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Social Impact. He continues to teach social impact courses in both the Business Management and MBA programs. Todd’s teaching and consulting focus is on using evidence-based impact to support highly effective social efforts, programs, and organizations.
Todd is the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Change Leader at Brigham Young University—one of forty universities in the Ashoka U Changemaker network. He is the director of both the Ballard Center and the Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program which he founded in 2010.
The overarching goal of the Ballard Center and the Peery Program is to help students learn how to solve social problems. In the 2018-2019 academic year over 3,000 students participated in semester long social impact classes, internships, competitions, and research. Another 7,000+ participated in one-time events and clubs throughout the year. Together, these programs are the largest, broadest, and deepest of their kind at any university.
Before coming to BYU, Todd co-founded Unitus (1998), a pioneer in impact investing, which consists of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, together working with over 57 million clients in their move out of poverty.
Todd previously worked in the computer industry for Sequent Computer Systems and Nixdorf Computers.
He and his wife Kristine are the proud parents/grandparents of four children and four granddaughters.
- M.S., Organizational Behavior, Brigham Young University, 2000
- B.S., Computer Science, Brigham Young University, 1987
- "The Public Health Innovation Model: Merging Private Sector Processes with Public Health Strengths", Edition 192, Volume 5, Page 9, Frontiers in Public Health, EPFL - Innovation Square, Building I CH – 1015 Lausanne, Rosemary M Caron, 2017
- "Small-Fortunes Website", Small Fortunes: Microcredit and the Future of Poverty, Co-Author, 2005
- "United for Zion: Principles for Uniting the Saints to Eliminate Poverty", Co-Author, 2000
- "Microcredit and Microenterprise Organizations in the United States", Small Really is Beautiful: Micro Approaches to Third World Development-Microentrepreneurship, Microenterprise, and Microfinance, Chapter Author, 1997
- Board Member, University Impact, 2018
- Board Member, University Impact Fund,, 2010–2015
- Co-Founder, Trustee, & Executive Director, Action Against Poverty,, 2001–2003
- Co-Founder, Trustee, & Executive Director, Unitus (prev. Humanitiarian Link),, 1998–2002
- Senior Account Executive, Sequent Computer Systems,, 1989–1997
- Senior Systems Engineer, Nixdorf Computer,, 1986–1989
- Marriott School Citizenship Award, Marriott School of Business, 2017
- Changemaker Campus Change Leader, Ashoka U, 2012
- E-5-0 (Enlightened Fifty), The Community Foundation of Utah, 2011
- Innovation Award - SE On-Campus Internship, Ashoka U, 2011
- E-5-0 (Enlightened Fifty), The Community Foundation of Utah, 2010
- Community Service Award, Utah Valley Entrepreneurs’ Forum, 2008
- Director — 2010
- Director — Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, — 2003
- International Development Minor Executive Committee — Committee/Council Member — July 2017
- Civic Engagement Faculty Advisory Committee — Committee/Council Member — 2015
- Romney Institute Advisory Board — Committee/Council Member — 2004–2014
- Marriott School Executive Committee — Committee/Council Member — 2013
- Publisher, ESR Review, — 2006–2008
- Publisher, Journal of Microfinance, — 2003–2005