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Elisabeth A. Graffy

Dr. Elisabeth A. Graffy is a Professor of Practice in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She is also a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Co-Director of Energy and Society at ASU LightWorks. She is an expert on public sector innovation and governance of complex issues with scientific and technological dimensions, such as water, food, energy, and environment. She has worked in government at municipal, state, and federal levels as well as in non-governmental organizations in the US and overseas and in the private sector. She has authored award-winning research articles on reinventing the science-policy nexus and overseen development of many peer-reviewed reports for the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of the Interior. As the first national policy advisor to the National Water-Quality Assessment Program, Dr. Graffy led new engagements between scientists and decision-makers that resulted in improved policy outcomes. She has served on the editorial boards of the journals Public Administration Review and Sustainability Science and as the elected Chair of the Section on Women in Public Administration, the largest section of the American Society of Public Administration. She studied at Princeton University, receiving a degree in Politics, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Environment and Resources/Public Policy.