My name is Hallqvist Todd Gerald Albertson. I was born in Montana while my father was in the Air Force and named after my great-grandfather (Hallqvist is old Swedish, but my friends and family just call me Todd). My family moved around a lot as a child, but I spent my high school years in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was there I learned the importance of family and friends, hard work, community, respect for others, and faith in Christ.
The first half of my career was spent in technology: developing Kanji fonts in college; working as an analyst for a Swiss venture capital firm focused on new technology; holding various technical marketing positions with Microsoft; starting an applied technology company focused on transportation and logistics; and finally, launching an unsuccessful groupware startup.
The second half of my career began in 2005 in the field of philanthropy: first running an NGO in Asia concentrated on defending the rights of children-at-risk by radically attacking the poverty, hunger, and injustice that enslaves them; and, most recently, founding a firm that provides direction for business and corporate actors to empower people, invest in communities, and create systemic change through acts of giving.
I have a BA with an international business focus from the University of Washington, an MBA from Seattle University, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Trinity Graduate School.
My passion is to help people harness the power of business to solve some of the world's toughest and biggest problems. I occasionally write and teach on leadership, intentional business models, and religious worldview. I am also active on several boards.
Having traveled to the four corners of the globe and over 125 countries, I currently reside in Vancouver, British Columbia with my best friend and psychologist wife. For fun, I am an avid reader, a wannabe fly fisher, an occasional stargazer, a Canucks hockey fan, and writing my first novel.