R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., PhD, is the chief executive officer of ASU Enterprise Partners. He previously served as the CEO of the ASU Foundation for A New American University. Under Shangraw’s leadership, ASU Enterprise Partners was created in 2016 as a new model for diversified revenue generation to support Arizona State University. During his tenure as CEO of the foundation, Shangraw directed a team of more than 100 fundraising professionals that generated over $900 million in new investments and commitments in support of the university.
Prior to joining the foundation, Shangraw served as ASU’s senior vice president for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) and director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. As director of the Global Institute of Sustainability, Shangraw oversaw research, education, and problem-solving initiatives, with a special focus on urban environments.
Shangraw serves on the board of several other programs and institutes, including the McCain Institute for International Leadership, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and The Sustainability Consortium.
Before joining ASU, he was founder and CEO of Project Performance Corporation, a research and technology consulting firm specializing in environmental, energy, and information management issues. He holds a B.A., magnum cum laude, in political science and a certificate in environmental studies from Dickinson College; a master of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; and a PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School, with a specialization in technology and information policy and organization design.
Shangraw is a professor of practice at the School of Sustainability in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Public Affairs in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University.