Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, ASU Enterprise Partners
Virginia “Ginny” DeSanto joined the ASU Foundation in 2005 as assistant controller before being appointed controller and later CFO and treasurer, bringing more than two decades of experience in financial reporting, governance, compliance, strategic planning and financial leadership.
DeSanto was instrumental in leading the organization through a corporate entity restructure that created the parent company ASU Enterprise Partners to provide back-office shared services to five subsidiary organizations. These subsidiaries each focus on their own distinct area for supporting ASU. These areas are philanthropy, real estate investment, technology transfer, research and global activities.
DeSanto is responsible for the organization’s financial operations, including financial reporting, treasury operations, debt management, risk management, planning and budgeting, payroll and benefits, building operations and oversight of subsidiary organizations. Under her leadership, the finance office provides a wide range of financial services. She and her team of professionals collaborate closely with units across the subsidiaries and the university to provide the infrastructure that enables others to achieve their financial goals and objectives.
Prior to joining ASU Enterprise Partners, DeSanto was a senior auditor at Gainter Bandler Reed & Peters, PLC following service in the same role for Cbiz – Miller Wagner Mayer Hoffman McCann.
DeSanto graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration from ASU (summa cum laude) and majored in business information systems at Northern Kentucky University, where she earned her associate’s degree. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, secretary and treasurer for the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, chair of the National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations (a committee of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and a graduate of Valley Leadership Class 35.