Ballard Center for Social Impact
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Todd joined the Marriott School faculty as Professor-of-Practice in 2003 to both teach courses in social impact and to found the Ballard Center. He continues to teach social innovation courses in both the Business Management and MBA Programs. 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 founder and director of both the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance (Ballard Center) and the Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program (Peery Program).
The overarching goal of the Ballard Center and the Peery Program is to help students learn how to solve social problems. In the 2018-2018 academic year over 2,500 students participated in semester long social impact classes, internships, competitions, and research. Another 6,000 participated in events 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, a pioneer in Impact Investing, which consists of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, together helping 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", Volume 5, Issue 192, Pages 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 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 — 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
- Marriott School Executive Committee Committee/Council Member 2013
- Romney Institute Advisory Board Committee/Council Member 2004 - 2014
- Publisher, ESR Review, 2006 - 2008
- Publisher, Journal of Microfinance, 2003 - 2005