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Jay Beeks

Jay Beeks

Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Adjunct Faculty, Marylhurst University
  • Adjunct Faculty, Franklin Pierce University


Jay Beeks is a lifelong learner with extensive management experience in positions requiring sustainable leadership. Jay completed his PhD in transformative studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. This TSD program is in the social sciences with an emphasis on leadership and sustainability. Jay’s dissertation was on alternative economics, exploring fourteen alternatives to our present system of capitalism. Specifically, how these alternative systems may be integrated into or completely replace capitalism for the benefit of society, natural ecological systems and to address the problems of global climate change. Prior to this PhD, Jay completed a sustainability MBA from Marylhurst University, a MS in environmental science from the Oregon Graduate Institute, an MS in civil engineering from Portland State University and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona.

Most of Jay's career, however has been working, along with raising two kids and being happily involved in all of the many activities that go along with being a husband and caring for his family. His management experience is with electric utilities, the State of Oregon and for private consulting firms. He has extensive engineering management experience in coal, oil, and nuclear generating facilities design and operations working for both Southern California Edison and Portland General Electric. Jay's consulting experience has been as a science and engineering manager on a wide range of projects including wind farms, solar farms, dam deconstruction, earthen dam design and a multiple of transportation projects.

Jay's focus now is on teaching in the fields of sustainability at Arizona State University for the MSL program, Marylhurst University for the sustainability MBA program and at Franklin Pierce University for their graduate level energy and sustainability program.


  • PhD, Transformative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies, 2016
  • MBA, Sustainable Business Management, Marylhurst University, 2011
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Portland State University, 1996
  • MS, Environmental Science, Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, 1994
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, 1979