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Todd Manwaring

Director & Professor-of-Practice,
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 create the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Social Impact. Todd’s teaching and consulting focus is on using evidence-based impact to support highly effective social efforts, programs, and organizations.

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 2021-2022 academic year over 2,800 students participated in semester long social impact classes, internships, competitions, and research. Another 3,500+ participated in one-time events and clubs throughout the year. Together, these social impact programs are the largest, broadest, and deepest of their kind at any university. In March 2023 the center hosted its 25,000th core student experience.

Todd previously worked in the computer industry for Sequent Computer Systems and Nixdorf Computers. Before coming to BYU, Todd co-founded Unitus (1998), a pioneer in impact investing which has worked with over 60 million clients in their move out of poverty.

Todd also co-founded University Impact Fund (2010) which later became the University of Utah Sorenson Impact Center. He also co-founded University Impact (2018), a third impact investing venture.


  • M.S., Organizational Behavior, Brigham Young University, 2000
  • B.S., Computer Science, Brigham Young University, 1987

Selected Publications

  • "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



  • Co-Founder & Board Member, University Impact, 2018–0
  • Co-Founder & Board Member, University Impact Fund, 2010–2015
  • Co-Founder, Trustee, & Executive Director, Action Against Poverty, 2001–2003
  • Co-Founder, Trustee, & Executive Director, Unitus, 1998–2003
  • 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


  • Spanish

Administrative Assignments

  • Director — Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program — 2010–2023
  • Director — Melvin J. Ballard Center for Social Impact — 2003–2023

BYU Citizenship

  • International Development Minor Executive Committee — Committee/Council Member — 2017–2023
  • Civic Engagement Faculty Advisory Committee — Committee/Council Member — 2015–2023
  • Marriott School Executive Committee — Committee/Council Member — 2013–2023
  • Romney Institute Advisory Board — Committee/Council Member — 2004–2014
  • Publisher, ESR Review — Other — 2006–2008
  • Publisher, Journal of Microfinance — Other — 2003–2005