SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb. 18, 2021) — Former Utah Congressman Ben McAdams has started two new public service endeavors, including one as a Senior Fellow at the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. The Sorenson Impact Center, founded in 2013 by pioneering impact investor and philanthropist Jim Sorenson, brings data science and innovative finance into the public policy arena to design solutions for challenges facing communities, nonprofits and governments. As Salt Lake County Mayor, McAdams worked with the Sorenson Impact Center on several “Pay for Success” projects tackling homelessness and criminal justice reform.
Before being elected to serve Utah’s 4th Congressional District, McAdams developed a national reputation as a leader in evidence-based decision making and data analysis as part of his work to build partnerships between the private sector and government. He began with a focus on homelessness and lowering the recidivism rate in Salt Lake County and the state. As a member of Congress, McAdams founded the bipartisan “What Works” caucus to advance evidence-based policy and data-driven decision-making at the federal level.
At the Sorenson Impact Center, McAdams will bring together individuals and groups to explore opportunities for public-private partnerships seeking solutions to challenges facing local communities and the federal government. He will also create opportunities for students to develop experience in fields related to impact investing, data science, impact measurement, innovative finance and initiative building.
About the Sorenson Impact Center
The Sorenson Impact Center helps organizations achieve their impact vision by connecting capital to social and environmental solutions, helping organizations measure, report, and improve impact, and integrating data science and people-centered storytelling into all that we do. Along with our clients and partners, we share a vision of an equitable and thriving world where everyone is valued, communities prosper, and the measured impact of our actions guides decision-making. As part of our mission to train future impact leaders, the Center integrates academic programming and experiential learning into each of its practice areas. The Center is proudly housed at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business.