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Geoffrey Gonsher

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Professor of Practice
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Professor of Practice
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3720
Biography

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.

Education
  • M.Ed. Political Science, Arizona State University
  • B.A. Political Science, Arizona State University
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 400Senior Capstone Project
PAF 420Public Leadership
URB 484Internship
PAF 484Internship
PAF 584Internship
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 200Public Serv & Policy in 21st C
URB 305Urban Governance
PAF 400Senior Capstone Project
PAF 421Leadership Capstone
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
URB 220Introduction to Urban America
PAF 421Leadership Capstone
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 200Public Serv & Policy in 21st C
PAF 420Public Leadership
PAF 421Leadership Capstone
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
URB 305Urban Governance
PAF 420Public Leadership
PAF 421Leadership Capstone
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 200Public Serv & Policy in 21st C
PAF 421Leadership Capstone
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
URB 305Urban Governance
PAF 420Public Leadership
PAF 421Leadership Capstone
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 200Public Serv & Policy in 21st C
PAF 421Leadership Capstone
PAF 503Public Affairs
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
URB 305Urban Governance
PAF 420Public Leadership
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 200Public Serv & Policy in 21st C
URB 220Introduction to Urban America
Service
  • ASU Mandela Washington Fellowship Public Management Institute, Peer Collaborator (2016)
  • ASU Urban Governance Community Partnership Project, Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability, Coordinator/Instructor (2016)
  • ASU Urban Governance Community Partnership Project, Phoenix Community Alliance, Coordinator/Instructor (2017)
  • ASU Center for Organizational Research and Design, Post-Presidential Election Conference, Faculty Planning Committee (2016-2017)
  • ASU Voice of People Association, Faculty Advisor (2015)
  • ASU School of Public Affairs Undergraduate Committee., Faculty Member (2014 - Present)
  • ASU Ramsey Executive Education., Professional Mentor (2013 - Present)
  • ASU School of Public Affairs, Project Manager/Meet the Chiefs (2015)