Knowledge Enterprise leadership
Aric Bopp leads the economic development efforts of ASU Knowledge Enterprise, with a specific focus on development of the NOVUS Innovation Corridor and other ASU Innovation Zones. In his role, he aims to help make Arizona more economically competitive and promote the assets available at ASU to the private sector.
He works closely with the Arizona Commerce Authority, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, brokerage and real estate community, and local economic developers. Internally, he also works with ASU Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Career Development and Professional Services, Office of Government and Community Engagement, and University Real Estate Office.
Before coming to ASU, Bopp served as the deputy director of strategic initiatives for the city of Mesa, where he focused on development of the Mesa Gateway area. He also served as the program manager for the city of Phoenix, where he directed and implemented projects that support the city’s commercial, office and industrial development. Prior to moving to Arizona in 2015, Bopp was the executive director for Virginia’s New River Valley Economic Development Alliance.
Bopp has served on a variety of economic development boards and organizations throughout the years, including the Arizona Association of Economic Development. He also volunteers with the community in several capacities, including coaching Little League Baseball and Softball as well as basketball. He was named as one of the Top 20 Leaders Under 40 in 2007 by the Blue Ridge Business Journal and the 2011 Business Executive of the Year by the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.
Bopp earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University, attended graduate school in economics at the University of Virginia and received his certified economic developer certification in 2014 through the International Economic Development Council.