Geoffrey Gonsher is a professor of practice in the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs and has been teaching undergraduate courses since 2010. In addition, he served as an Encore Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor in Bob Ramsey Executive Education at ASU.
Gonsher has had an extensive career in municipal and state government as a public policy advisor, cabinet member, agency executive, and speechwriter for more than 30 elected officials. He has served four Arizona governors, several City of Phoenix mayors and city councilmembers, and other public officials. He held executive management positions in the administrations of Arizona Governors Rose Mofford, Fife Symington, Jane Hull, and Janet Napolitano and served on the staff of Phoenix Mayors Margaret T. Hance and Timothy Barrow.
Gonsher has managed the operations of several state agencies. He served as director of the Arizona Department of Racing and Boxing, executive director of the Arizona Lottery, executive secretary (director) of the Arizona Corporation Commission, acting director of the Governor’s Division of Workforce Development, and deputy director of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures. He has also been appointed to city and state advisory boards for arts and culture, public libraries, elected officials’ salaries, Major League Baseball expansion, Spring Training Baseball, and government productivity.