Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Executive Director, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives
Arizona State University
PO Box 878009
Tempe, AZ 85287-8009
Patricia Reiter directs the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University, a multifaceted program made possible by a $27.5 million investment by the Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation. Seven initiatives comprise this ambitious social venture that follows a mandate to solve global sustainability challenges, educate future leaders and engage partners and the public in innovative sustainability projects.
Patricia’s work is motivated by the belief that the most important contribution that universities can make to solving sustainability problems is to foster leadership and innovation and to motivate and empower students of all ages to create a sustainable future for all within the limits of the planet.
In the initial three years under Patricia’s leadership, the Walton Initiatives solved sustainability challenges through 80 projects based in eight countries on five continents; educated 61 sustainability professionals through executive degree programs and 255 students in global studies courses; and hosted 30 public events that engaged over 17,000 attendees. In addition, two innovative new initiatives were launched in 2015 to train teachers and science museum professionals in sustainability education so that they, their audiences and their students will become agents of change.
Since 2005, Patricia has held various leadership roles at ASU with the ASU Foundation and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Prior to joining ASU, she led large teams of staff and consultants delivering complex projects and optimized business operations for creative enterprises. Her work as an architect included projects that incorporated passive solar design, social housing designed to enhance family life and well-being and regional planning projects designed to preserve and celebrate historic contexts through economic development. Notable design projects include two Worlds Fairs, regional heritage cultural parks and projects for museums and galleries.
Patricia holds bachelor’s degrees in fine arts and architecture from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Business in Boston.
MBA, Business Administration, Simmons Graduate School of Business-Boston
BArch, Arcihtecture, University of Tennessee
BFA, Fine Arts, University of Tennessee