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CEO Geoff Davis Announces Transition at the Sorenson Impact Institute

Davis will continue at the Institute as a Senior Advisor, Chief Operating Officer Katie Macc will lead as acting CEO

 

SALT LAKE CITY – After four years as CEO at the Sorenson Impact Institute, Geoff Davis today announced his decision to transition from his leadership role. Davis will continue his engagement and collaboration with the organization as a Senior Advisor beginning July 1, 2024. The Institute and Davis are excited to announce Chief Operating Officer Katie Macc will become acting CEO.

“The Institute has accomplished a lot in the last four years, and the future looks even better,” said Davis. “We have recently been named an Institute at the University of Utah, we have built a stunning new headquarters opening in the fall in the world-changing Impact & Prosperity Epicenter, we have expanded our impact investing apprenticeship program nationally, and we have a highly capable, committed, and cohesive team. The timing has just all come together in a way that helped me to make this decision now and to share it with our friends and colleagues this week before the Summit.”

The Institute is hosting more than 250 leaders in global impact this week at the 2024 Sorenson Impact Summit in Park City, Utah.

Macc joined the Institute in the fall of 2022. She has led the Institute’s work connecting capital to social and environmental solutions through impact investing, impact measurement, impact finance, and impact strategy.

“Katie is an exceptional leader and a fantastic example of the Institute’s values,” said Davis. “I have 100% confidence in her and the entire leadership team. I am thrilled for what lies ahead.”

Prior to the Institute, Macc co-founded the fintech company Juntos Global, which served over 5 million customers across three continents before it was acquired in 2021 by Nubank. Macc spent three years at the Dovetail Impact Foundation leading grantmaking and impact investing across Africa and India and seven years in microfinance. Macc currently serves on the board of the Park City Education Foundation.

“It is an honor to accept this role at an organization that is at the forefront of innovation, research and education in our field,” said Macc. “Geoff has helped establish the Institute as a leader in global impact and our work with our partners is empowering critical systems change all over the world. It’s exciting to take the helm at an organization that is actively working to build a world in which we all want to live.”

Originally founded in 2001 as the first student-run venture fund in the nation and endowed by pioneering impact investor Jim Sorenson in 2013, the Sorenson Impact Institute has grown to become a leading multi-disciplinary impact organization housed at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Unique to the impact space, the Institute offers a wide spectrum of services and expertise to help its partners across multiple sectors solve complex social and environmental challenges around the world while training future leaders in impact.

“I have been fortunate to work with Geoff for almost two decades in various capacities, from microfinance to impact investing, and most recently during his tenure as CEO of the Sorenson Impact Institute,” said Jim Sorenson. “Dean, now President, Taylor Randall and I were excited when he was first brought on to lead the Center because we knew his leadership would be instrumental during a crucial period of growth and transition. Under his guidance, the Institute has become a global leader in impact. We are immensely grateful for his continued collaboration. Moving forward, we know Katie is going to bring a strong and inspiring vision to the Institute and we are excited to see her in this leadership role.”

Davis joined the Institute, then the Sorenson Impact Center, as CEO in July of 2020. Prior to leading the Institute, Davis was the Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Cicero Impact Capital, a global private equity firm. As a multi-time founder/CEO and impact investor, Davis has dedicated his life to channeling investment capital and entrepreneurship to help people and the planet thrive. Over his career, he has sat on 20 boards, and his work has helped more than 12 million families work their way out of poverty.

In his four years as CEO of the Sorenson Impact Institute, Davis was able to help catalyze the Institute’s growth with new and expanded practice areas in impact finance, impact measurement and management, as well as new academic programming and impact tracks at the U. Notably, Davis led the Center’s efforts to be formally recognized as an Institute at the University of Utah. Davis also launched the Sorenson Global Impact Leaders, a unique network of 100 of the top impact investing experts in the world. And in 2022, the Institute assumed leadership of SOCAP Global, the world’s largest impact convener.

Beginning in the fall of 2024, the Institute will celebrate the grand opening of the Impact and Prosperity Epicenter, a visionary project led by Davis. Located in the heart of campus, the Epicenter will serve as a living-learning community with a diverse mix of students and professionals. The state-of-the-art building combines residential living — for nearly 800 students — with impact practitioners from the Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity and the Institute.

Davis serves as board chair of SOCAP Global and Align17. He also serves on the board of Common Ground, Arctaris Impact Capital, is a Senior Advisor at Cicero Group, and an Investment Committee Member of MIT’s Solve fund. He will continue in those roles as he advises the Institute.

“I’m excited for what’s to come and enormously proud of all that we have accomplished,” said Davis. “I am so thankful to Jim and President Randall for their support and for the opportunity to lead this amazing Institute. All of us at the Institute are here to change the world, and that work will continue.”

About Sorenson Impact Institute
The Sorenson Impact Institute helps organizations achieve their impact vision by connecting capital to impact through innovative finance, impact measurement and management, impact strategy, and human-centered storytelling. As part of our mission to train future impact leaders, the Institute integrates academic programming and experiential learning into each of its practice areas. The Institute is proudly housed at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Learn more at http://www.sorensonimpactinstitute.com