Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Research Collaboratory at ASU
Ji Mi Choi utilizes 20-plus years of expertise in higher education at the intersection of entrepreneurial and public-private partnerships to advance entrepreneurship and innovation at Arizona State University.
In addition to her leadership role at the collaboratory, Choi serves as associate vice president of ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, which equips faculty, staff and students to bring their discoveries to the marketplace and use them to benefit society.
Previously, she served in various fast-paced and evolving roles at New York University: early in her career at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of the Arts before new media was new media; later at the Polytechnic University (now the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU), first serving as the chief of staff to the president and vice president for strategic initiatives, then later serving as the senior director of integration, leading the merger between the two institutions; and subsequently serving as the assistant vice president for global programs planning.
Choi has also served at the world-renowned Earth Institute at Columbia University, ultimately as chief of staff and assistant deputy director.
A long-time New Yorker by way of Seoul and an avid internationalist, Choi has served in a leadership role for the United Nations Development Programme and in various capacities for numerous start-up organizations, both not-for-profit and for profit (helping take a company public in the early days of the dot-com boom), and has been involved in political campaigns.
Choi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and communications from Marymount Manhattan College, and a Master of Science degree in strategic communications from Columbia University.