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Jacqueline designs and launches university-wide initiatives that support Arizona State University’s charter and design aspirations. Jacqueline developed and now oversees over $60 million in grant-funded projects related to leadership development, student success, workforce innovation and online learning communities. To advance her portfolio, she has facilitated dozens of design charrettes and “action collabs” all over the world from Tempe, Arizona to Kampala, Uganda. She also cultivates early-career higher education professionals through an award-winning university innovation fellowship program. Jacqueline was a 2015 Cross Sector Leadership Fellow with the Presidio Institute and teaches an undergraduate course called Cross Sector Collaboration. In 2016, she co-authored an article published by the Roosevelt Institute titled Lifelong Learning in 2040 about the significance of lifelong learning in the new economy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics and law degree from Georgetown University.
Bethany empowers learners to achieve their dreams in a world in which knowledge can be out-dated before it is published. Our fast-paced and ever-changing society requires lifelong learners who are adaptable and full of grit. As the Senior Director of Lifelong Learning Initiatives, she will work with The MasterCard Foundation to digitally connect the global network of Scholars — 15,000 young agents of change that hail from Sub-Saharan Africa. The platform will facilitate knowledge exchange, particularly around transformative leadership and entrepreneurship, and provide resources that enable Scholars to propel themselves into their careers and contribute to their communities.
Bethany began her ASU career as a University Innovation Fellow in the Office of University Initiatives. The Phoenix native was happy to return home after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
As the Director of Social Embeddedness in University Initiatives, Lindsey evaluates university-wide social embeddedness efforts and initiatives that are consistent with ASU's charter and design aspirations. In this role, Lindsey facilitates and amplifies collaborative partnerships across the university to further strengthen ASU's institutional culture and commitment to social impact.
Lindsey is a native Phoenician with a lifelong passion for serving communities in Arizona and abroad. She earned her undergraduate degrees from ASU in Psychology (B.S. ’05) and Spanish (B.A. ’05) before serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras ('06-'08). It was there that she earned a deep respect for the complexities of community development work, as well as the importance of culture and context in all social projects. After returning stateside, she worked for 7 years in human services managing quality assurance, training, data analysis, and designing new service solutions for underserved populations utilizing government assistance programs. She returned to ASU in 2014 to earn her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and began her career at ASU as a University Innovation Fellow in 2015-2016.
Driven by a lifelong passion for education and a steadfast commitment to public service, Tunga is excited to help build a more vibrant, sustainable and engaged community by advancing the mission of the New American University.
She earned a BA in Political Science from ASU and an MA in Journalism from Indiana University. Tunga has taught Special Education as a Teach For America corps member. Following her time as an educator, she served as a Senior Associate at a public affairs firm in Phoenix where she specialized in legislative affairs and strategic communications. She brings to the UI team a wide range of experience in the areas of public relations, campaign development and government relations on behalf of non-profits, corporations and government entities. At Indiana University, Tunga developed and implemented strategies for graduate student recruitment. Most of all, she enjoyed matching students with an array of resources that helped advance their education and career.
As the Research and Design Manager, Regina’s role sits at the intersection of research, design and strategy. For the past 4 years, Regina has led the strategic research team for the office. The research team guides strategy and project development by exploring emerging issues and trends, social change, best practices and potential partners from the private, public and social sectors. Regina also oversees design focused on transforming data and information into visual presentations for wider consumption. In addition, Regina is a lead facilitator trained in design thinking and futures thinking methodologies.
Regina is currently studying her Master’s in Global Technology and Development at the ASU School for the Future of Innovation in Society. She received her B.A. in Business with a concentration in global politics from The W. P. Carey School of Business and a minor in nonprofit management. She is originally from Mexico City and is interested in international development, social enterprises and private-public partnerships for positive social change.
Emilee is a Senior Strategic Research Specialist for UI focusing on exploring innovative opportunities for ASU. She is a recent graduate of ASU, having completed her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Justice Studies in May 2015. While in undergraduate, Emilee found a passion for social change working at Changemaker Central and looks forward to continue supporting ASU initiatives. Currently she is working to complete her master’s degree in Social Technologies at ASU, studying how new technologies affect social and organizational change.
Alex Davis recently graduated ASU with a bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, a minor in Sustainability and a certificate in Applied Business Data Analytics. His first years of college were spent at Chandler-Gilbert Community College where he received an associate’s degree in Business and a Certificate in Sustainability and Ecological Literacy. He joined UI in the Spring of 2015 as a student researcher and was hired into his current position in the Fall of 2016, which involves curating communications for key UI partners, developing and maintaining UI hosted websites and designing internal and external UI collateral. He enjoys implementing the critical thinking, creative and teamwork skills that come along with UI work, and spends his free time creating and selling digital art, taking spontaneous disc golfing trips to Flagstaff, reading and watching Netflix Originals.
Sharmaine Garcia is excited by University Initiative’s innovative spirit and dedication to paving the way for seemingly impossible ideas. A Sun Devil through and through, she graduated with a BS in Accountancy from W. P. Carey School of Business and has worked for ASU in various capacities since 2008, most recently as a Business Operations Specialist at EdPlus. In her free time, Sharmaine combines her love for sports and spending time with family by playing on a co-rec softball team with her husband and closest friends.