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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.
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.
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.