Senior Economic Development Advisor
As its Managing Director,Todd Hardy is responsible for the promotion and development of a portfolio of six “Innovation Zones” that offer a total of over 2 million square feet of developed space and over 700 acres of land on or near ASU academic campuses for location and growth of private industry partners. From incubator space for startups, to high-end occupancy for Fortune 50 companies, the Innovation Zones at ASU are uniquely designed to accommodate the diverse needs of dynamic organizations seeking to tap into the superior strategic and cultural opportunities associated with ASU.
During his ten-year career at Arizona State University, Hardy has been responsible for university initiatives in corporate engagement, economic development and entrepreneurship/innovation. Prior to assuming his current role with ASU, he was Vice President of Assets for University Realty L.L.C., the real estate unit of ASU Enterprise Partners where he was actively involved in the development of SkySong, the ASU-Scottsdale Innovation Center.
Throughout his career, including more than thirty years as corporate counsel to Fortune 500 and NASDAQ firms and co-founder of a number of startup and early stage enterprises, he has been a leader in the formation and operation of innovative enterprises based in a variety of new technologies in telecommunications and education markets.
Hardy serves and has served on a variety of Boards that are focused on advanced technologies, community service and economic development in the Greater Phoenix Region, including past and present memberships on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), the Arizona Technology Council, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce.
Hardy received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University; a Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law at American University; and a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in the City of New York.