University Impact provides today's experienced, socially conscious student with a paid internship (for current students) or a fellowship (for recent graduates) while working on the world's most pressing problems with the world's leading social innovators.
Students work in multidisciplinary teams lead by an experienced coach.
Our initial focus will be supporting impact investing programs at select universities. Our four board members have over 47 years experience in impact investing.
We have experienced students who can help your family or foundation to become a more strategic, impact philanthropist.
Large Scale Innovation
Our four board members have over 59 years of social impact experience. Our project experience includes a billion dollar impact startup as well as hundreds of other high scale social innovation efforts.
Kurt H. Brown is a Partner and Director of Trading at Alta Capital Management.
He brings 15 years of buyside and sellside trading experience to Alta. Prior to
joining Alta in 2004, He was with Black Rock Capital where he advised
institutional clients on strategic trading and risk management issues. His
clients include money management firms, hedge funds, and publicly traded
companies and officers. He also consults with high net worth individuals on the
hedging of concentrated equity positions and the formation of related capital
strategies. Prior to Black Rock, Mr. Brown worked as a sales trader for Bank of
America Securities and Montgomery Securities. He served as trading liaison to
the bank’s hedge fund clients whose cumulative assets under management exceeded
$40 billion. He studied Finance and Economics at Brigham Young University.
Todd joined the Marriott School faculty in 2003 to 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 2015-2016 academic year 1,236 students participated in semester long classes, internships, and competitions. Another 3,500 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 two granddaughters: Phillip, Natalie (Mix), Andrew, Claire, Evelyn (Mix), and Sarah (Mix).
Aaron Miller (JD, MPA Brigham Young University) is an assistant teaching professor in BYU’s George W. Romney Institute of Public Management in the Marriott School of Management, where he teaches business ethics, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. He is also the faculty director and co-founder of BYU’s Grantwell program in which over 200 graduate students have advised over $1.5 million in foundation giving. He is also the faculty director of BYU’s Social Venture Academy. He has twice been recognized as Teacher of the Year in the Romney Institute.
Prior to teaching at BYU, Aaron practiced law in areas including small business, nonprofit, taxation, and corporate governance. He currently serves as the board president for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Utah County and as a board member for the Sunshine Heroes Foundation. He and his wife Katie have four boys.
Geoff "Chester" Woolley
Geoff has been involved in impact investing and microfinance since he joined Unitus Labs as a board member in 2001. During his time as Unitus Lab’s Capital Markets Chair, he was instrumental in the launch of Unitus Equity Fund, the first commercially focused microfinance equity investment fund, and Unitus Capital, the first investment bank focused on serving microfinance institutions and social enterprises throughout Asia.
Since 2004, Unitus Equity Fund (and its successor Elevar Equity) have raised two funds totaling nearly $95 million, while Unitus Capital has successfully arranged over $700 million in debt and equity financing for social enterprises since 2008. In early 2011, Geoff co-founded Unitus Impact to support livelihood acceleration in Asia and Africa, prove the viability of investments in livelihood ventures, and attract capital markets and other investors to the space. Among many positions, Geoff holds Board seats at Micro Benefits China and other social enterprises benefiting those at the base of the economic pyramid. He is a founding and current board member of SKS Microfinance, India’s largest microfinance bank, and Samhita Microfinance based in Bhopal, India.
As co-founder and current board chair, Geoff launched the largest and most successful student-led venture fund in the United States—the $18.5 million University Venture Fund—and the University Impact Fund, which partners university students with top-tier impact investing firms, social enterprises, developmental finance institutions, and philanthropic foundations for real-time impact investing projects and investments. Geoff has been active in private equity investing for over 25 years, founding two successful venture funds in the United States and Europe. He pioneered the concept of venture debt and has invested in over 400 companies in his career, including Ciena, Coinstar, Hotmail, and Human Genome Science. He is a Founding Partner of Dominion Ventures, Inc. and European Venture Partners (now called Kreos Capital).
In 1998, he assumed an advisory role at Dominion in order to pursue non-profit and other business interests. Geoff holds a B.S. in business management from Brigham Young University and an M.B.A. from the University of Utah.