July 20, 2018


Gabe Moreno, Communications, Sorenson Impact Center

gabe.moreno@sorensonimpact.com • 801-604-5667


Sorenson Impact Center Announces Hewson Baltzell As New CEO


SALT LAKE CITY—The Sorenson Impact Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Hewson Baltzell as the new CEO of the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Mr. Baltzell’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for the Center. Mr. Baltzell was appointed by the Eccles School Dean, Taylor Randall, after an extensive national search and is relocating from New York City.

“Hewson is the perfect candidate to lead Sorenson Impact at this time of strategic growth,” said Randall. “His diverse background in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors offers a unique combination of skills that will serve the Center well as it seeks to ‘do well while doing good.’”

“We’re very excited to welcome Hewson, a seasoned veteran in the social impact space with the skills to continue leading the Center to the forefront of innovation,” said Sorenson Impact Center Interim CEO Jeramy Lund, who will resume his position as Managing Director of Impact Investing and focus on running the Center’s University Venture Fund: Impact Investing.

Mr. Baltzell spent 17 years as co-founder of what is now MSCI ESG Research, one of the most prevalent firms in environmental, social and governance research. He led the organization’s growth from a two-person start-up in 1998 (Innovest) to an industry-leading financial service company.

“Hewson brings a great deal of experience and capabilities in the field of impact investing, impact measurement and policy. His leadership couldn’t come at a more important time for the Sorenson Impact Center,” said Founder, Jim Sorenson.

Prior to joining the Sorenson Impact Center, Mr. Baltzell most recently served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at HELiOS Exchange, Inc., the world's first commercial real estate platform for energy retrofit project development, insurance, and financing. 

“I am very excited to join a talented and experienced team with a proven track record in Pay for Success programs, an impact investing fund and the benefits of being uniquely situated at a 30,000-student university,” said Mr. Baltzell. “It is an honor to work with Jim Sorenson, a pioneer in the impact investing field.”
Mr. Baltzell holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Mr. Baltzell enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.



About the Sorenson Impact Center
The Sorenson Impact Center, housed at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, is a think-and-do tank that marshals capital for social good, empowers data-driven programs, breaks down silos across sectors, and equips the next generation of leaders with social purpose. To learn more, visit www.sorensonimpact.com

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