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Jed Greenberg has spent the majority of his career envisioning and launching novel educational experiences in order to address pressing social and environmental challenges. Initially, as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Jed built strategic internal and external University partnerships and programs dedicated to improving urban education outcomes in Providence, RI. He later supported the development of green job training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed adults living in the same communities that he had served as an AmeriCorps volunteer. Eventually, Jed spearheaded an innovative campus-wide sustainability initiative at a public college, which leveraged new educational technologies and SMEs to inform and civically engage undergraduates and members of the general public.
Jed holds a Masters of Public Affairs from Brown University, where he was awarded a Social Innovation Fellowship. While a graduate student he produced and tested an online learning experience that resulted in more informed, deliberative and democratically active citizens. As an undergraduate, Jed studied at Oberlin College and the University of Massachusetts, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors.
Lukas Wenrick enters the University Innovation Fellowship with a passion for creating meaningful educational experiences that meet each student where they are at academically, experientially and financially. During both his undergraduate and graduate educational journeys he spent much of his time resolving university issues and reimaging the way educational institutions operate. First, as the Student Body President at Wright State University, Lukas worked with teams to pass a student referendum policy, assisted in a budget remediation process, served on a presidential search committee, and pushed for textbook affordability legislation at the state legislature. Then, while working for the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Lukas helped connect students interested in learning innovations to available resources at Harvard. Finally, while working for the Office of Undergraduate Education at Harvard College, Lukas worked to push for new and innovative degree programs. Lukas’ higher education interests today are tailored toward access, affordability, and student success, especially for underserved and nontraditional populations.
Lukas holds a Masters of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he studied Higher Education. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Lukas attended Wright State University for his undergraduate degree in Social Science Education where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. In addition to Lukas’ experiences in academia, he still owns and operates a landscaping business in his hometown.
Michelle Villegas-Gold joins the Office of University Initiatives as a native Arizonan who is deeply committed to improving the success, health and overall well-being of postsecondary learning communities. Since 2009, Michelle has served as Adjunct Faculty with the Counseling Department at Phoenix College, where she helps non-traditional and struggling students acclimate to the culture of college and engage in lifelong career exploration. Additionally, as a trauma specialist and violence epidemiologist, Michelle is working on innovative and interdisciplinary ways to help survivors of sexual assault at colleges and universities through the use of eHealth technologies. In 2017, Michelle was awarded a three-year grant through the Victims of Crime Act to develop and facilitate the first-ever free, trauma-informed yoga group for survivors of interpersonal violence in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Michelle is excited to support the charter of the New American University, and collaborate with key players in Arizona and beyond to promote innovation in higher education.
Michelle has a Ph.D. in Global Health with a certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Arizona State University, and masters’ degrees in both Public Health (with a concentration in Global Health and Leadership) from New York University and Counseling from Arizona State University. Michelle obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona in Tucson where she was born and raised.
Andrew joins the UI office with nearly a decade working to improve students' access to excellent educational opportunities. Originally from Minnesota, where he was a student in the liberal arts tradition, Andrew moved to Arizona through Teach For America. While teaching, Andrew earned his M.Ed from Arizona State. After teaching, he worked in the nonprofit sector, where he provided consulting services to more than 100 public schools in the American Southwest. His work centered on utilizing evidence-based approaches to improving schools' performance on academic and operational frameworks. Andrew recently earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. His research has focused on supporting the use of data to inform decision-making within education.
Andrew is excited to apply his knowledge and passion to the work of the UI office to advance access, excellence and impact within the New American University.
Aya is a Detroit native committed to educational equity and post-secondary diversity and inclusion. Aya’s background as a first generation and low-income college student has deeply guided her work in education. She has shared her insight and experiences navigating the college admissions process and higher education in Huffington Post UK, University World News and at the White House Summit on Postsecondary Diversity and Inclusion. Aya is excited to engage with other educators and innovators at Arizona State University committed to college access, equity and affordability.
Aya earned a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Social Justice at Georgetown University. After graduation, she remained at Georgetown working in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an Admissions Officer and the Coordinator of African American Recruitment. Aya then earned her Masters of Philosophy in Education from the University of Cambridge as a recipient of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. As a beneficiary of college access and preparatory programs, Aya has worked at the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America Summer Institute at Princeton University as a College Guidance Coordinator. Finally, Aya founded the CALCC (The College Admissions Literacy Consulting Company), an online college admissions company that aims to equip students, educational institutions and parents with meaningful strategies and resources to successfully navigate the college admissions process.
Joanna began her career as a Kindergarten and later First Grade Teacher at an elementary school in Washington, DC. From there, she went on to work closely with public schools across the nation in survey development and implementation in the areas of school climate, employee and student engagement, as well as college-readiness. In this capacity, she aided in district efforts to promote collaboration amongst stakeholders to achieve a more informed, transparent, and inclusive decision-making process. In her efforts with a national network of schools, Joanna helped school leadership teams understand how to strategically collect and use critical data points to improve school operations.
Joanna earned a Bachelor’s in Social Anthropology from Harvard College, with a Secondary concentration in Economics. She also earned an Ed.M in Technology, Innovation and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on children’s media and educational entrepreneurship. Joanna is excited to join EdPlus at ASU and pursue her passion of improving equity and access in education.