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Tracy Lea

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Director, Venture Development
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 9908
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Innovation in Global Development
College of Global Futures

Biography: 

Tracy Lea serves the J. Orin Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute as Associate Director, Venture Development. In her role, she leads the ASU Venture Devils program around the three pillars of support which include the mentor, funding and spaces network to over 600 student, faculty, community and alumni startups, including the prestigious Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative.  Edson teams have raised over $45 million in external funding and have filed over 40 patents since its inception.  As part of the Venture Devils program, Tracy manages over 40 Venture Mentors designated as faculty associates to leverage their entrepreneurial expertise to further the ventures they serve.  Drawing on her military background Tracy spearheads the group's military, defense and veteran initiatives designed to elevate the imprint of veteran entrepreneurs. 

Currently, Tracy is a reservist in the U.S. Navy, petty officer first class, previously serving as an avionics technician with fighter jet squadron VAQ-209 in Whidbey Island, WA,  and currently cross assigned to VR-57 in North Island, CA.  During her 10+ yeas in the Navy, Tracy was selected as the 2016 Navy Reserve Jr Sailor of the Year for the Southwest region.  Tracy holds a bachelor's degree in marketing, an MBA from ASU and recently admitted as a Ph.D. Innovation in Global Development student at the College of Global Futures in the Spring 2021 cohort.

Prior to joining E+I, Tracy entertained Phoenix as a top-rated radio personality for more than 17 years, managed artists, negotiated licensing agreements and contracts for national broadcasts.  Tracy also owned a multi-faceted entertainment business and full service recording studio, Dreamcatcher Recording, specializing in artist development and marketing strategy.

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 301Entrepreneur & Value Creation
ENT 360Entrepreneur & Value Creation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 301Entrepreneur & Value Creation
ENT 360Entrepreneur & Value Creation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 301Entrepreneur & Value Creation
ENT 360Entrepreneur & Value Creation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 301Entrepreneur & Value Creation
ENT 360Entrepreneur & Value Creation