Christina Ngo

Crosscutting Scholar 2018–2021
2019-20 University Innovation Fellow
ASU Office of Applied Innovation

Downtown Phoenix Campus


Christina Ngo serves as ASU’s Director of Social Embeddedness, appointed through the Office of the University Provost. She has extensive experience in education as a K-12 teacher and higher education administrator. Christina’s work focuses on advancing the mission of the New American University by evaluating university-wide social embeddedness efforts and initiatives. She facilitates and amplifies collaborative, mutually-beneficial partnerships and innovations across the university and throughout our communities. Her portfolio includes working on the university-wide adoption of Collaboratory at ASU, a digital platform that allows users to capture the variety of ways ASU staff and faculty are partnering with over 2,0000 individual community partners and organizations to collaboratively address challenges. The platform serves as a connector between different ASU units and community partners. Christina also oversees the planning and execution of the annual ASU Social Embeddedness Network Conference, a convening of staff, faculty and community partners building connections and sharing best practices for working together and advancing ASU as a socially embedded institution.

Prior to this role, Christina was a 2019-20 University Innovation Fellow within the Office of Applied Innovation. Prior to the fellowship, she served as Design Strategist within the Office of Scholarship & Innovation at ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. In this role, she built strategic partnerships to amplify intrapreneurship at the college, leveraging the design process. Christina began her career at ASU working at the intersection of the public and private sectors in Entrepreneurship + Innovation, partnering with the Verizon Foundation to lead a nation-wide teacher training program focused on design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovative technologies. Prior to that, she served as a Teach For America corps member, where she taught science and math in underserved communities in Phoenix, Arizona. Her time as a classroom teacher taught her to the importance of leveraging the expertise of community partners from a variety of sectors to improve student learning.  

Christina is a first-generation college student and received her B.A. in Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin, her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from ASU and her Master’s in Business Administration from the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. She is interested in creating innovative learning experiences, connecting people and resources, building new ways of working and weaving whimsy throughout higher education. Christina loves working with leaders and invested stakeholders to create, elevate and recognize mutually-beneficial partnerships that benefit education – the single most important lever we have to create better life opportunities for individuals and communities around the world.


Master of Business Administration, Arizona State University 

Master of Education, Secondary Education, Arizona State University

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Honors, The University of Texas at Austin

Expertise Areas

Design Thinking

Design and Design Thinking in Education




K-12 Formal Science Education


Community Partnerships

Internet Research

Social Media

Decision Making and Social Media

Curriculum Design