Who We Are

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Who We Are

Dreaming big so everyone can.

Together, we are cross-sector practitioners, educators, researchers, advocates, community leaders and other trailblazers who favor big ideas that challenge conventional thinking. From hunger and homelessness to lack of economic opportunity, we are tackling our communities' toughest problems because we envision an America where everyone thrives.

Leadership

Dr. Michael Hole

Michael Hole, MD, MBA

Founder & Executive Director
Bio | @DrMichaelHole

Laura Rosen

Laura Rosen, MPP

Director of Programs
Bio

Innovators-in-Residence

Innovators-in-Residence devote one year full-time to starting and growing a new nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid organization with a civic mission alongside The Impact Factory team.

Sajani Patel

Sajani Patel, 2020–21

Mary Beth Bennett

Mary Beth Bennett, 2019–20

J. Zack Timmons

J. Zack Timmons, 2019–20

 

Impact Fellows

Impact Fellows are faculty and staff at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as experienced entrepreneurs, technical experts, investors, community leaders and other cross-sector mentors outside the university who collaborate with The Impact Factory on various projects—including launching and scaling portfolio programs, program evaluation, advising student-entrepreneurs and co-teaching courses and workshops.

Jacqui Angel

Jacqui Angel

Professor of Public Affairs & Sociology, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Bio | @GIH_UGS303

Louis Appel

Louis Appel

Chief Medical Officer, People's Community Clinic
Bio

Molly Bray

Molly Bray

Michael Crowl

Michael Crowl

Michele Deitch

Michele Deitch

Director, Prison & Jail Innovation Lab;
Distinguished Senior Lecturer, LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT School of Law
Bio

Lisa Doggett

Lisa Doggett

Senior Medical Director, HGS-AxisPoint Health
Bio | @lisadoggettmd

Marissa Epstein

Marissa Epstein

Director, Nutrition Institute, UT Austin
Bio | @UTexasNutrition

Karen Fingerman

Karen Fingerman

Wilson Regents Professor of Human Ecology, UT Austin
Director, Texas Aging & Longevity Center
Bio | @TxAging

Sherri Greenberg

Sherri Greenberg

Professor of Practice, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Bio | @srgreenberg

Lisa Kirsch

Lisa Kirsch

Policy Director, Dell Medical School
Bio

Kristie Loescher

Kristie J. Loescher

Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

Associate Dean for Health Affairs, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Bio | @barbaralnjones

Michael Mackert

Michael Mackert

Tim Mercer

Tim Mercer

Director of Global Health, Dell Medical School
Bio

Ruben Parra-Cardona

Ruben Parra-Cardona

Associate Professor & Coordinator for Latin American Initiatives, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Bio | @rubenparrac

Dennis Passovoy, McCombs School of Business

Dennis Passovoy

Ruben Rathnasingham

Ruben Rathnasingham

Assistant Dean, Health Product Innovation, Dell Medical School
Bio | @RubenDellMed

Niki Shah, VP of Community Health, Baylor Scott & White Health

Niki Shah

VP of Community Health, Baylor Scott & White Health
Bio | @BSWHealth

Wendy Varnell

Wendy Varnell

Chief Strategy Officer, LifeWorks
Bio | @LifeWorksAustin