R.F. Shangraw, Jr.

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist , Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Chief Executive Officer , ASU Foundation, Arizona State University
  • Member, Board of Directors for Sustainability at ASU

Arizona State University
ASU Foundation
300 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281-2033
Email: rick.shangraw@asu.edu


Dr. R.F. “Rick” Shangraw, Jr. is the chief executive officer of the ASU Foundation for a New American University. He previously served as senior vice president for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) at Arizona State University. Shangraw also served as director of the Global Institute of Sustainability. As Senior Vice President for OKED, Shangraw oversaw ASU’s growing annual $350 million research portfolio which ranked as one of the top 20 research institutions in the country without a medical school. As Director of the Global Istitute of Sustainability, Shangraw oversaw the Institute’s research, education, and problem-solving initiatives, with a special focus on urban environments.

Shangraw’s research interests include policy informatics, large-scale project risk and uncertainty, research policy, and managerial decision-making. He previously served as ASU’s associate vice president for Strategic Research and as the founding executive director of ASU’s Decision Theatre, a state-of-the-art center using visualization, simulation and modeling, and collaboration tools to address complex public policy issues.
Prior to joining ASU, Shangraw was the founder and CEO of Project Performance Corporation (PPC), a research and technology consulting firm specializing in environmental, energy, and information management issues. During his tenure, PPC received the Inc. 500 Award for being one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States.

Shangraw has been active in energy and environmental issues over the course of his academic and industry careers. He has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, and the Food and Drug Administration. One of Shangraw’s most important accomplishments was advising the U.S. Department of Energy as it built the Office of Environmental Management during the 1990s. He currently holds Professor of Practice appointments with ASU’s School of Public Affairs within the College of Public Programs and with the School of Sustainability.


informatics; research policy; entrepreneurship; decisionmaking; emerging technologies; environmental policy; modeling and simulation


    Ph.D., Technology and Information Policy and Organization Design, Syracuse University

    M.P.A., Public Administration, Syracuse University

    B.A., Political Science (magna cum laude), Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

    Environmental Studies Certificate, Environmental Studies, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA