We turn ideas into

real-world impact.

We turn ideas into

real-world impact.

Where the classroom
meets the community

ASU Enterprise Partners serves as the resource-raising arm of Arizona State University.

As the parent organization of five nonprofits that are each tasked with identifying new revenue opportunities, ASU Enterprise Partners represents a new, innovative and highly efficient model for diversified revenue generation. Through its nonprofits, ASU Enterprise Partners invests in initiatives and partnership opportunities that provide resources to Arizona State University.


Innovation in higher education takes talent — yours.

If you’re ready to change the future of fundraising, let’s connect. Building a movement requires all hands on deck, from entrepreneurs to graphic designers, fundraisers to accountants, filmmakers to investors.

Explore our careers

We’re home to

ASU Foundation

The ASU Foundation matches donors with their passion by raising and investing private contributions to ASU programs, faculty and students.

University Realty LLC

University Realty LLC cultivates and advances commercial and residential real estate projects to support Arizona State University.

Skysong Innovations

Skysong Innovations, ASU EP’s technology transfer, creates a pipeline between ASU inventions and the private sector.

Enterprise Collaboratory at ASU

ECASU equips faculty, staff and students to launch innovative and impactful initiatives rapidly.


ASURE conducts applied research and consults for classified and midrange technology-readiness-level (TRL) services for the defense and security industry.

By the numbers:

ASU Foundation

($1,016,000,000) in total assets


to ASU students, faculty and programs

for ASU-linked companies

Skysong Innovations

invention disclosures

investment capital

US patents issued since FY03

launched startups


Awarded funding from SRP to test drone technologies throughout Arizona

Developed a strategic partnership with the U.S. Army to conduct Megacities research


Received $24,000 for the National Biomarker Development Alliance

The Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcome provided $415,000 for research grants

$470,000 grant from Intel to conduct research in Vietnam

University Realty

$11M in new real estate gifts and commitments

Purchased and renovated a 100-year-old building three blocks from the White House with 18 ASU programs

Sold 87% of residential units at Mirabella, ASU’s 20-story life-long learning center

Our team

Our team is made up of dedicated, mission-driven professionals with a variety of background and experiences. Together, we work tirelessly to advance the most innovative university in the country.

“ASU is a disruptor and leader that requires a resource-generating enterprise to serve the university’s faculty, staff and students and engage our donors, philanthropists and investors.”

– Dan Dillon, CEO
ASU Enterprise Partners


Dan Dillon
Chief Executive Officer
ASU Enterprise Partners

Dillon is the chief executive officer of ASU Enterprise Partners, overseeing the operations of its various affiliate organizations.

Gretchen E . Buhlig
Chief Executive Officer
ASU Foundation

Buhlig provides leadership of the fundraising team and works to cultivate and steward major university donors.

Augustine V. “Augie” Cheng
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Legal Officer
Skysong Innovations

Cheng leads the exclusive technology transfer arm of ASU Enterprise Partners.

David Thomas
Chief Executive Officer

Thomas provides leadership for the team connecting government and industry to ASU’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Jeff Roberts

Jeff Roberts
Managing Director
University Realty

Roberts determines strategic positioning, implementation of land and vertical developments, trade partnering and real estate disposition for new and future real estate assets.

Virginia “Ginny” DeSanto
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
ASU Enterprise Partners

DeSanto is responsible for Enterprise Partners’ financial operations and oversight of subsidiary organizations.

Hope M. Sharett, Esq.
General Counsel
ASU Enterprise Partners

Sharett works to provide practical advice on legal issues in support of ASU Enterprise Partners’ mission to raise resources in advancement of ASU as the New American University.

Debbie Williams
Chief Operating Officer
Vice President, Communications and Marketing
ASU Enterprise Partners

Williams leads the organization’s success through its shared service partnerships, as well as its communications and marketing strategy.

Michelle Shipley
Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff
ASU Enterprise Partners

Shipley works in direct support of the CEO to ensure strategic focus and operational efficiency of ASU Enterprise Partners.

Jeff Mindlin
Chief Investment Officer
ASU Enterprise Partners

Mindlin is responsible for managing the ASU Foundation’s highly diversified investment assets to maximize long-term, risk adjusted returns.

Get Involved

Let’s talk.

At ASU Enterprise Partners, we’re always looking for bigger, bolder ideas. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to asuenterprisepartners@asu.edu with any questions or feedback you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

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