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R.F. (Rick) Shangraw, Jr.

R.F. (Rick) Shangraw, Jr.
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Chief Executive Officer, ASU Enterprise Partners, Arizona State University
Member, Board of Directors of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU
Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor of Practice, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Service & Community Solutions

ASU Enterprise Partners
Arizona State University
300 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281-2033

R.F. “Rick” Shangraw Jr., PhD is the chief executive officer of ASU Enterprise Partners and the ASU Foundation for A New American University. Under Shangraw’s leadership, ASU Enterprise Partners was created in 2016 as a new model for diversified revenue generation to support Arizona State University.

Prior to joining the foundation, Shangraw served as ASU’s senior vice president for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) and director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. As senior vice president for OKED, he was responsible for ASU’s growing annual research portfolio, which placed ASU among the top research institutions in the country without a medical school. As director of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Shangraw oversaw research, education, and problem-solving initiatives, with a focus on urban environments.

Since taking the helm as the foundation’s CEO in 2011, Shangraw has directed a team of more than 100 fundraising professionals (and more than 170 people as CEO of Enterprise Partners) that has generated over $900 million in new investments and commitments in support of the university. For five consecutive years (2012–16), the foundation has been awarded the premier, four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest and most respected evaluator of nonprofit organizations. The foundation also has received CareerBuilder’s Top Company to Work for in Arizona honors for three consecutive years (2014–16).

Before joining ASU, he was founder and CEO of Project Performance Corporation, 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. Prior to PPC, Shangraw was on the faculty of Syracuse University.

He has a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, in political science and a certificate in environmental studies from Dickinson College; a master of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University; and a PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School, with a specialization in technology and information policy and organization design.

Shangraw holds professor of practice appointments in the ASU School of Sustainability and the School of Public Affairs in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.


PhD, Technology and Information Policy and Organization Design, Syracuse University

MPA, Public Administration, Syracuse University

Environmental Studies Certificate, Environmental Studies, Dickinson College

BA, Political Science (magna cum laude), Dickinson College