Grady Gammage

  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Senior Research Fellow, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, College of Public Service & Community Solutions
  • Attorney, Gammage & Burnham PLC

Morrison Institute for Public Policy
Arizona State University
2 North Central, 18th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Grady Gammage, Jr. is a part time academic, a practicing lawyer, an author, a sometime real estate developer and a former elected official. He thinks life is more interesting if you do lots of different things.

In his academic role, Mr. Gammage is a Senior Fellow at ASU's Morrison Institute. His work there focuses on urban growth and development, quality of life, and local economic issues. He also teaches at the College of Law and at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

As a lawyer, he has represented real estate projects ranging from master planned communities to sprawling subdivisions to high rise buildings and intense urban mixed use redevelopment.

He served on the Central Arizona Project Board of Directors for 12 years, and was President during a period of turbulence when the CAP was suing the Federal Government over the cost of the canal.

As a real estate developer, he built an intense, urban mixed use project in the City of Tempe which won three architectural awards and has been widely acclaimed.

Mr. Gammage is the author of the book Phoenix in Perspective and numerous articles on land use and growth issues. He is also coauthor of Watering the Sun Corridor: Managing Choices in Arizona's Megapolitan Area a report published by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University.


land use law; urban development; historic preservation; aesthetic regulation; state trust land; water resource management; decision making; land use change


JD, Stanford University, 1976

BA, Occidental College, 1973

Journal Articles


Gammage, G. 2008. We are L.A.?. Forum 411 1(2):1-8.



Gammage, G. 1999. Phoenix in Perspective: Reflections of Developing the Desert. Herberger Center for Design Excellence, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ.

Book Chapters


Gammage, G. 2003. Our water legacy. Greater Phoenix Regional Atlas. Arizona State University.



Gammage, G. 2011. Water—is it the next oil?. Presented August 25, 2011 at the Arizona International Leadership Alumni Conference, Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, Tucson, AZ, August 24-27, 2011.


Gammage, G. 2005. Valley growth issues. Poster presented at the February 3, 2005 Leadership West Infrastructure Day, Peoria, AZ.


Redman, C. L., G. Gammage, N. S. Jones, E. A. Corley, J. M. Holway, J. Keane, S. Megdal and R. Quay. 2004. Water supply in Greater Phoenix: Improving regional decision making through university partnerships. Poster presented at the 23 February 2004 Sixth Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Center for Environmental Studies, Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. (link)



Gammage, G. 2015. Keynote address: Arizona water. Presentation at the Water and Economic Development Forum - Planning for the Future of Northeast Pinal County, March 31, 2015 , San Tan Valley, AZ.

Gammage, G. 2015. Looking into the future. Presentation at the 17th Annual National Conference on the Law of the Colorado River: Meeting Demand During Unprecedented Drought, April 30-May 1 2015, Las Vegas, NV.

Gammage, G. 2015. Roundtable: Watering the Sun Corridor. March 25, 2015, Prescott Valley, AZ.

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Gammage, G. 2014. Sun Corridor: A competitive mindset. Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University.


Gammage, G. 2013. Sustaining Phoenix; Valley of the Sun: Beyond desert survival. Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University.


Gammage, G. 2012. Let’s Talk Water: A Series on the Future of Arizona’s Precious Resource. Follow up to Watering the Sun Corridor.

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