I am the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Change-Leader at BYU. I am the founder and director of both the Melvin J. Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance (2003) and Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program (2010). The overarching goal of the Ballard Center and the Peery Program is to help students create lasting change in the world that leads to better self-reliance. Students of all majors and skill sets are needed in the rapidly growing field of social innovation. Our priority is to match students’ personal skills and passions with rigorous and valuable educational experiences that lead to a lifetime of impactful philanthropy and social innovation.
Each semester I teach multiple graduate and undergraduate courses in social innovation and social entrepreneurship.
I worked in the computing industry before working in the social innovation field and coming to BYU.
- M.S., Organizational Behavior, Brigham Young University, 2000
- B.S., Computer Science, Brigham Young University, 1987
- “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
- Board Member, Romney Institute of Public Management, 2005
- 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
- Changemaker Campus , 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
- Publisher, ESR Review, 2006 - 2008
- Publisher, Journal of Microfinance, 2003 - 2005