Meet the people behind Global Pathways Institute.
William C. 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- firstname.lastname@example.org
Karis Felthouse is a graduate of Barrett, The Honors College, at Arizona State University. Prior to working at GPI, she served as a field organizer for the Hillary for America Campaign.email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim assists GPI with the Coalition for Career Development and the Career Development Demonstration Project. Prior to serving as an encore fellow, Jim worked at the pharmacy benefit manager, CVS Health, and with a technology start-up, Myndshft, Inc.email@example.com
Global Pathways Institute activities and governance are led by its Founding Board of Directors, the leaders who helped create GPI in Arizona. There are currently 17 members.
Vice President of Education, Greater Phoenix Leadership
Sundt Construction (retired)
Executive Director, Center for the Future of Arizona
Director, Global Pathways Institute
Vice President of Research Development, Office of Knowledge and Enterprise Development, Arizona State University
President, Junior Achievement of Arizona
CEO, Experience Matters
President and CEO, Arizona Business & Education Coalition
CEO, YouScience, LLC.
CEO, Helios Education Foundation
CEO, United Technology Institute
Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor, Maricopa Community College District
Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education
Education Consultant, former State Superintendent and Chair, CTE Quality Commission
President, Colorado Business Roundtable
Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Education, Arizona Community Foundation
Vice President, Arizona Student Success Initiatives, Helios Foundation
Initial financial support for GPI was provided by a coalition of Arizona business, philanthropic and government entities. Their contributions enabled Global Pathways Institute to begin its important work on the four pillars. GPI continues to seek, identify, and work with funders that share the same vision.