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Louise Epstein

Director of University Partnerships

Louise is director of university partnerships for the Walton Family Foundation. In this role, she plays a fundamental liaison role between the foundation and partners in the higher education sector – with a strong emphasis on collaborations with the University of Arkansas.

Prior to joining the foundation, Louise was the managing director of the Innovation Center in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a fellow at UT Austin’s IC2 Institute, a think tank that focuses on technological innovation by catalyzing regional economic development through active and directional collaboration. Previously, she was entrepreneur-in-residence at the McCombs School of Business in the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship where she mentored students. Louise was the founder of Charge-Off Clearinghouse, a distressed debt company that valued, purchased and sold $1 billion of charged-off credit cards.

She is a graduate of UT Austin’s Plan II Honors Program with a bachelor’s degree in history, and she also received her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.