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James R. "Jim" Engebretsen is a retired Finance Professor and the Assistant Dean for Corporate Relations at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU). Engebretsen was also the main founder of the More Good Foundation. He currently serves on the boards or advisory boards of Farmer Mac, a GSE in Washington DC, Soltis Advisors, Divvypay, Canary Speech, Emmersion Learning and XIO Group, a PE fund in London. He is also the Chairman of the board of advisors for the SRS/PEF for the LDS Church.
Engebretsen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
The motivation for the More Good Foundation came from Engebretsen's experiences while serving as president of the LDS Church's Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission from 1998 to 2001. During this time he had several missionaries who had investigators turn against the LDS Church because of questionable things they had read about the church on the Internet. He realized there was a need for more positive information about the church on the Internet.
Before serving as a mission president, Engebretsen was president of Waterloo Capital Management and a Vice President for Goldman Sachs & Co. At that point, he was living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Engebretsen was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1955. He served as a Mormon missionary in the California Sacramento Mission and has bachelor's and master's degrees in finance from BYU. Engebretsen is married to Tamera Jones, and they are the parents of six children and nine grandchildren.
- "New mission presidents", Church News, March 14, 1998
- Tad Walsh, "Foundation explaining polygamy via the Net", Deseret News, February 7, 2007
- article on Engebretsen and his polygamy information page
- posting by Daniel Peterson about his non-connection, and Engebretsen's connection, to the More Good Foundation