Geoffrey Gonsher

Geoffrey Gonsher

Professor of Practice | Arizona State University School of Public Affairs

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 over 30 elected officials. He has served four Arizona governors, several City of Phoenix mayors and city councilmembers, and other public officials.

Gonsher has also 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.

Gonsher earned his M.Ed. and B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University.

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

We must continue to develop means for greater public participation in the public policy process to advance equity and inclusivity for every member of society.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

I hope to hear new ideas that I can share with my students for their personal and career success.