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Luke Tate

Managing Director, Office of Applied Innovation


Luke Tate serves as Managing Director of the Office of Applied Innovation in Arizona State University’s Office of the President.  His team leverages emerging scientific, technological, design, and policy innovations to expand access to educational and economic opportunity.  He is also Professor of Practice in ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society and a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute. 

Prior to joining ASU, Luke most recently served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Mobility on President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council, where he ran a team working on economic mobility, urban policy, poverty, technology and access to opportunity, open data, housing, homelessness, and long-term disaster recovery. He previously served at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as senior advisor for urban policy, and as special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Luke was a member of the Presidential Transition team. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he did community development and educational work in Nicaragua, and worked on community policy in the Office of the Governor of Arizona. He grew up in central Phoenix, Arizona and is a graduate of Harvard University.


Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Sr. Director, Shared Prosperity


Andrew is the Senior Director for Shared Prosperity in the Office of Applied Innovation at Arizona State University. In this role, he initiates, manages, and advances projects to support the economic health and vitality of the communities ASU serves. Among his projects is the Alliance for the American Dream, an initiative of Schmidt Futures aimed at sourcing solutions to increase by 10% the net income of 10,000 local middle-class households.

Andrew previously served as a Program Manager and University Innovation Fellow, where he managed a diverse project portfolio primarily supporting the conceptualization, growth, and management of collaborative networks to facilitate university impact at scale.

Before joining ASU, Andrew consulted with more than 100 public schools in the American Southwest, supporting the implementation of evidence-based approaches to improve schools’ performance on academic, operational, and financial frameworks. As a 2010 Teach For America corps member, Andrew taught middle school science, leading his students to the largest year-over-year improvement on the state test of any grade or subject in Arizona. Andrew earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University; his research focuses on improving educators’ capacity for the efficacious use of data to inform their decision-making.


Michelle Govani Sullivan ASU

Michelle Sullivan Govani

Director, Strategy and Partnerships


As Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Michelle develops and implements best practices for coordinating activities, partnerships, and the team to advance the strategic goals of the Office of Applied Innovation. She also supports the Office's team of Student Innovation Analysts in research, analysis, and pursuit of their mission-aligned, mentored projects. In addition, Michelle advances her own portfolio of projects in the Office, fostering mutually beneficial partnerships and applying her expertise at the intersection of science, politics, and policy, to the study and innovation of higher education institutions, as well as to the advancement of educational and economic opportunity in the communities ASU serves.

Prior to this role, Michelle was a 2019-2020 University Innovation Fellow, serving as a researcher, analyst, project manager, and relationship builder. Michelle holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Biology (with a concentration in Biology and Society) from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Iowa. Michelle remains active in her scholarly fields, and she teaches a Science Policy for Scientists course each spring. Though born and raised in Iowa, Michelle loves the Sonoran Desert and considers it her adopted home.


University Innovation Fellows

Caroline Dunn-Rankin

University Innovation Fellow


Caroline Dunn-Rankin joins the Office of Applied Innovation as a University Innovation Fellow having spent her career conducting research, creating systems, and providing insight to support innovation and strategic decision-making. Prior to coming to ASU, Caroline spent four years in Alumni Affairs and Development at Harvard University, first providing data analysis and guiding cross-school collaboration for the institution’s first University-wide capital campaign and later serving as a business process analyst supporting the Harvard Alumni Association. During that time, she developed her project management skills and learned how to engender and manage change in a complex and decentralized institution. Before coming to Harvard, Caroline worked in non-profit consulting focused on executive searches for independent schools, colleges and universities, and education nonprofits such as Year Up and Citizen Schools.

Caroline holds a Master of Education in Higher Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religion from Vassar College. Coming from a family of educators, she is passionate about the power of higher education to improve lives, both individually and for society as a whole, and believes we can create an educational system that meets students where they are. She is eager to apply her experiences to advance innovative ideas in the higher education space.


Pauline Nalumansi

University Innovation Fellow


Pauline Nalumansi was born and raised in Uganda and came to the US in 2014 to pursue her studies at Arizona State University. She graduated from W. P Carey School of Business in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Accounting. She recently graduated from the Thunderbird School of Global Management with a Master's in Global Affairs and Management.  She was a recipient of two prestigious scholarships - the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program and Thunderbird's SHARE Fellowship. She was also a Resolution Project Fellow. She has won several awards, including; Resolution project social venture winner 2017, ASU Student Shine–Most engaged student 2018, Changemaker Challenge winner 2018, Thunderbird pitch competition second runners up 2019, Pitchfork outstanding Graduate student leader 2020, and Venture Devils Demo Day winner (twice). Pauline has served as a project manager for UN Global Compact USA Network's SDGs Pioneers, and as a program assistant for Thunderbird for Good. At ASU Career and Professional Development Services, she served as a business operations assistant and global career initiative peer. She volunteered as a global consultant for Heifer International-Ecuador and worked as a finance manager for Hope Alive-Uganda. Pauline is a social entrepreneur who founded the "Pauline Foundation," a nonprofit that provides practical education to break the poverty cycle among the youth and women in Uganda.  Pauline has served on boards for two nonprofits in Arizona- Friends of Africa and Feed our Nations. She took on several leadership roles, and the one she is most proud of is "Thunderpreneurs," a student-led entrepreneurship club she co-founded that is one of the fastest-growing clubs at Thunderbird. As a visionary thinker, Pauline loves being part of a team that works on innovative ideas that transform the communities ASU serves.


Student Team

Madison Sutton

Lead Innovation Analyst


As of January 2021, Madison is the Lead Innovation Analyst in the Office of Applied Innovation at Arizona State University. In this role, she advises students on mentored projects, provides general team support to refine and refresh communication and collaboration, and develops and documents office processes to ensure the continued success of the Office, its staff, and its projects.

Madison's passion for building stronger, healthier communities has guided all of her various past and present roles. She has previously served as a Graduate Research Assistant in the ASU Center for Correctional Solutions where she collaborated on a number of different projects supporting the Center's mission of improving the lives of those who live and work in our correctional facilities. Additionally, she worked as a Junior Project Manager at EdPlus on the Earned Admissions program dedicated to reducing barriers to higher education.

In 2018, Madison co-founded Home Base Initiative with the goal of combatting teen suicide rates. Her team of undergraduate consultants partners with local high schools to develop, implement, and scale tailored social and emotional well-being solutions based on the latest mental health research. Madison continues to guide this team as they refine their approach and expand their partnerships with schools across the state.

Jasmine Chase

Student Innovation Analyst


Jasmine is a second-year student studying mechanical engineering with a focus in energy and environmental studies. As an Innovation Analyst, Jasmine provides research support to full-time staff and pitches her own mentored projects that aid in the expansion of education and economic opportunity in Arizona and beyond. Before her appointment to the Innovation Analyst position, she worked as a Strategic Research Analyst at ASU’s former Office of University Initiatives and Office of Presidential Advancement. As a Strategic Research Analyst, she supported university officials by gathering information necessary for the development of new university initiatives. Jasmine hopes to combine this experience in higher-education research with her engineering background to apply emerging scientific, technological, design, and policy innovations that will advance ASU’s charter.

Mukta Marathe

Student Innovation Analyst


Mukta Marathe is an Innovation Analyst and currently a junior attending Barrett the Honors College majoring in Computer Information Systems, with a minor in Communication. 

Her role with the Office includes creating background research documents, program and partnership development, and other market and background research and assignments related to supporting and advancing Applied Innovation efforts. Mukta also recently became involved with the ASU Decision Center for Educational Excellence, where she works to analyze and create data visualizations to effectively communicate Arizona’s lack of educational attainment.  She is working on a project to increase educational attainment, using a data driven approach to pitch guaranteed acceptances at ASU, as well as a project creating a stronger prison education pipeline, and am gaining interest in data integrity and public access data.

Currently, Mukta is also involved in a startup within the construction industry to improve gig jobs for workers, and she enjoys baking with a dream to eventually open her own storefront. 

She hopes to leverage her knowledge from business and data analytics to continue to solve societal issues, namely educational attainment, and to leverage ASU resources to develop her passions and push for reform.

Bailey Shaw

Student Innovation Analyst


Bailey is an Innovation Analyst in the Office of Applied Innovation. In her newly developed position, she is conducting the background research and analysis necessary to guide strategy and decision making for the many emerging initiatives at ASU.

Bailey is also a sophomore student in Barrett, The Honors College here at ASU. She is studying elementary education and is on track to receive a certificate in cross-sector leadership through the Next Generation Service Corps upon graduation. Bailey dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher, and later moving into the realm of education policy and reform in which she will apply her experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to advocate for and create change.

Through her position within the Office of Applied Innovation, Bailey hopes to learn more about the diverse field of education, specifically branching out to research in higher education. Through the various networks in the Office of Applied Innovation, Bailey anticipates learning how to spark change in education policy as well as the emerging technologies available to generate social change in our communities through communication, observation, and research.

Faith Dalzell

Student Innovation Analyst


Faith Dalzell is a senior majoring in Business (Public Service and Public Policy) and Education Studies through Barrett, The Honors College as well as WP Carey School of Business and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Before accepting a position with the Office of Applied Innovation she worked as a Strategic Research Analyst in the former Office of University Initiatives as well as the Office of Presidential Advancement. In this role, she supported ASU through identifying and analyzing partnerships and synergies that aligned with university initiatives. Prior to that, she served as teaching assistant for a college professor as well as multiple K-12 teachers in underserved communities. Her time in the classroom highlighted the importance of education, collaboration, community partnership and future educational reform.

Through her experiences as a Student Innovation Analyst (SIA), Faith has had many opportunities to focus on areas of academic interest including projects related to education policy, social justice and reform, as well as cross-sector collaborations to ensure greater educational access and mobility. Her current projects include organizational and curriculum suggestions for the Next Generation Service Corps, running and assisting with the Decision Center for Educational Excellence’s  student team, and landscape analyses for a variety of ed tech opportunities. Her time as an SIA has significantly shaped her college experience as well as her future career decisions due to the exploration across subject matter, exposure to new subject matters and thought leaders, as well as collaborative efforts that the office undertakes.

John Janezic

Student Innovation Analyst


John Janezic is a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Sustainability and Applied Biology. He has a minor is Spanish and a certificate in Cross Sector Leadership, alongside being a student at Barrett, the Honors College and the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he is receiving a 4+1 Master's in Global Management.

Prior to joining the Office of Applied Innovation, John worked for the former Office of University Initiatives, followed by Presidential Advancement -a unit of the ASU Foundation- where he served as a lead Strategic Research Analyst to collect, assess and strategically apply information to further develop initiatives at ASU and support the social embeddedness and innovative ideas the university supports. As a member of the Next Generation Service Corps, John focuses on using the assets of the public, private and nonprofit sectors to enhance availability of sustainable practices and advocates for clean water access around the globe.