Meet the Team


William Symonds,


Bill Symonds is Director of the Global Pathways Institute (GPI) and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. Previously he served as Director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2008- 2013.

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Jeff Abraham, Senior Strategic Consultant

Jeff Abraham focuses on the long term business plan and strategy for sustaining the Institute. He has previously held numerous executive and consulting positions in a variety of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Jeff came to GPI thanks to Experience Matters and its Encore Fellow program, which enables retired executives to launch “encore careers” in the non-profit world.

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Sami Mooney, Program Associate

Sami provides administrative support for GPI including managing digital media. Sami is currently a senior at Arizona State University earning a bachelors in Justice Studies.


GPI Board Members

Jim Zaharis, Chairman

Executive Vice President, Arizona Business and Education Coalition

Richard Condit, Executive Committee Member

Sundt Construction (retired)

Sybil Francis, Executive Committee Member

Executive Director, Center for the Future of Arizona

Glenn Wike

Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Education, Arizona Community Foundation

Carolyn Warner

Education Consultant, former State Superintendent and Chair, CTE Quality Commission

Katherine Cecala

President, Junior Achievement of Arizona

Elizabeth Cantwell

Vice President of Research Development, Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development, Arizona State University

J. Phillip Hardin

CEO, YouScience, LLC.

Thom Reilly

Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education

Kim McWaters

CEO, United Technology Institute

Darcy Renfro

Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, Maricopa Community College District

Dick Foreman

President and CEO, Arizona Business & Education Coalition

Paul Luna

CEO, Helios Education Foundation

Jeff Wasden

President, Colorado Business Roundtable