Our Team

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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.

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Lukas Wenrick

Program Manager, Office of Applied Innovation


Lukas' mission is to create purposeful educational experiences that meet each student where they are academically, experientially, and financially.

He spends his days working to develop innovative solutions to the most complex issues universities face. He does so to ensure that the most marginalized students may pursue an alternative trajectory to the one laid out by their zip code. Lukas believes that universities and other educational enterprises have the duty to expand educational opportunity to as many individuals as possible and that excellence should be judged by the students that an institution includes, rather than those that it excludes.

Lukas holds a Master's of Education in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Education from Wright State University. His experiences at both an open access public university and an elite private institution inform the work he does each day. Currently, Lukas serves as a Program Manager at Arizona State University where he works to leverage the ASU enterprise to resolve educational and social inequities in the world. 

Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Program Manager, Strategic Network Advancement


Andrew is the Program Manager for Strategic Network Advancement in the Office of Applied Innovation at Arizona State University. In this position, he designs and executes university and community-wide strategies to develop key networks, including 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. Prior to his current role, Andrew was a University Innovation Fellow in the ASU Office of University Initiatives, where he managed a diverse project portfolio primarily supporting the conceptualization, growth, and management of collaborative networks.

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.

University Innovation Fellows

Christina Ngo ASU

Christina Ngo

University Innovation Fellow


Christina Ngo joins the Office of Applied Innovation as a 2019-2020 University Innovation Fellow with over eight years of experience in education as a K-12 teacher and higher education administrator. Prior to the fellowship, Christina served as Design Strategist within the Office of Scholarship & Innovation at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. In this role, she built strategic partnerships to amplify intrapreneurship at the college, leveraging the design process. Christina began her career at ASU working at the intersection of the public and private sectors in Entrepreneurship + Innovation, partnering with the Verizon Foundation to lead a nation-wide teacher training program focused on design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovative technologies. Prior to that, she served as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught science and math in underserved communities in Phoenix, Arizona. Her time as a classroom teacher taught her to the importance of leveraging the expertise of community partners from a variety of sectors to improve student learning.  

Christina’s work focuses on advancing the mission of the New American University by evaluating university-wide social embeddedness efforts and initiatives. She facilitates and amplifies collaborative, mutually-beneficial partnerships and innovations across the university and throughout our communities. Her fellowship portfolio includes working on the university-wide adoption of Collaboratory at ASU, a digital platform that allows users to capture the variety of ways ASU staff and faculty are partnering with over 2,0000 individual community partners and organizations to collaboratively address challenges. The platform serves as a connector between different ASU units and community partners. Christina also oversees the planning and execution of the annual ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference, a convening of staff, faculty and community partners building connections and sharing best practices for working together and advancing ASU as a socially embedded institution.

Christina is a first-generation college student and received her B.A. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin, her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from ASU and her Master’s in Business Administration from the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. She is interested in creating innovative learning experiences, connecting people and resources, building new ways of working and weaving whimsy throughout higher education. Christina loves working with leaders and invested stakeholders to create, elevate and recognize mutually-beneficial partnerships that benefit education – the single most important lever we have to create better life opportunities for individuals and communities around the world.

Michelle Govani Sullivan ASU

Michelle Sullivan-Govani

University Innovation Fellow


Michelle Sullivan Govani is thrilled to have the opportunity to advance ASU’s charter as a University Innovation Fellow because she believes in the power of higher education to foster positive social change. Always driven by public service, Michelle discovered her passion for higher education innovation as Vice President and then President of ASU’s Graduate and Professional Student Association. She worked with university leaders and her peers to revise student parental-leave policy, promote awareness and prevention of sexual assault, and create a mentoring compact to enable crucial conversations about mental health. Further, she experimented with student government design by supporting college- and school-councils to better raise and address student ideas and concerns. In 2018, Michelle also led ASU’s successful student-campaign against federal taxes on graduate student tuition waivers. These efforts stem from her desire to empower students to contribute to our shared communities within and beyond ASU. 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, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Michelle is excited to apply her expertise at the intersection of science, politics, and policy, to the study and innovation of higher education institutions. Though born and raised in Iowa, Michelle loves the Sonoran Desert and considers it her adopted home.

Student Innovation Analysts

Jasmine Chase

Student Innovation Analyst


Jasmine is a freshman studying mechanical engineering with a focus in energy and environmental studies. 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 sophomore 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 wishes to continue to pursue this in the future for her honors thesis. 

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 freshman 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.