Meet the Team


William Symonds,
Director of GPI

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.



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 Global Pathways thanks to Experience Matters and its Encore Fellow program, which enables retired executives to launch “encore careers” in the non-profit world.



Cathy Gaudio,

Cathy Gaudio manages career development programs in the community and collaborates with partners in business, education, government, and philanthropy to ensure delivery of service to students. Cathy also manages registration for the annual Western Pathways Conference and other events organized by Global Pathways.

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Carly Golding,
Program Associate

Carly Golding provides administrative support for Global Pathways and manages their digital media, including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and both websites. Carly is currently a senior at Arizona State University earning a bachelors in Justice Studies with a specific interest in the intersection of disability, education, and workforce inclusion for people with disabilities.

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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

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