Leadership and Staff

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Leadership and staff at UI bring insight into university operations, community engagement and communication by pulling together a diverse set of expertise.

Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Associate Vice President and Executive Director
Advisor to the President for Social Embeddedness

Contact Jacqueline:
480.458.7034
Jacqueline.V.Smith@asu.edu

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 Weigele

Bethany Weigele

Senior Director of Lifelong Learning Initiatives
(Operating out of EdPlus)

Contact Bethany:
602.292.6400
Bethany.Weigele@asu.edu

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.

Lindsey Beagley

Lindsey Beagley

Director of Social Embeddednesss

Contact Lindsey:
480.965.0380
Lindsey.Beagley@asu.edu

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.

Tunga Lodato

  Tunga Lodato

  Assistant Director of University Initiatives

  Contact Tunga:
  480.965.3356
  Tunga.Lodato@asu.edu

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.

Andrew Nelson

  Andrew Nelson

  Program Manager, Strategic Network Advancement

  Contact Andrew:
  320.291.9197
  Nelson.Andrew@asu.edu

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.

Regina Uribe

Regina Uribe

Research and Design Manager

Contact Regina:
480.727.3537
Regina.Uribe@asu.edu

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 Eikren

Emilee Eikren

Senior Strategic Research Specialist

Contact Emilee:
480.965.1744
Emilee.Eikren@asu.edu

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

Alex Davis

Design and Communications Specialist

Contact Alex:
480.965.1744
Alexander.G.Davis@asu.edu

Alex Davis is passionate about implementing visual and strategic design solutions to simplify complex research and communication challenges. He entered UI in 2015 as a student researcher before being hired onto the research team full-time. As the need to communicate and visualize UI’s work to new audiences grew, Alex shifted into a design role full-time, and now leads visual design for strategic communication content including proposals, websites, reports and other publications. Alex graduated ASU in 2016 with a BS in Supply Chain Management and a Minor in Sustainability. He is currently attending ASU’s Design School in pursuit of a Masters of Science in Design (MSD) where he is exploring the effects of design solutions in motivating sustainable behaviors and habits.

Sharmaine Garcia

Sharmaine Garcia

Business Operations Manager

Contact Sharmaine:
480.965.5706
Sharmaine.Garcia@asu.edu

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.

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