The Science Foundation Arizona board of directors is comprised of distinguished leaders in academia, R&D and business.

Sandra Watson


Sandra Watson is an economic development professional with 28 years of leadership experience in business attraction and expansion, innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. She and her teams have worked with over 950 companies that have committed to creating more than 191,000 quality jobs and investing $33 billion in capital in Arizona. Ms. Watson serves as the President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), a public-private partnership that leads statewide economic development. In addition to leading the ACA and serving on its Board of Directors, Ms. Watson serves on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s leadership team as his Senior Economic Policy Advisor. She is also a member of the National State Science and Technology Institute Board of Trustees.



Vice Chairman

Dr. Craig Barrett received a Ph.D. degree from Stanford. After joining Intel in 1974, he served as CEO and chairman, retiring in 2009. Dr. Barrett is a leading advocate for improving education and increasing awareness of the value of technology in raising economic and social standards globally. He chairs Achieve, Change The Equation, Arizona Ready Education Council, and BASIS Schools; co-chairs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board; vice chairs Science Foundation Arizona; and is on the Boards of Society for Science and the Public, K12, Arizona Commerce Authority, Tallwave, and Geothermic Solution. Dr. Barrett previously served as Chair of the National Academy of Engineering. He is on the faculty of Thunderbird School of Global Management, and Dr. Barrett and his wife, Barbara, founded Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University.



Founding Chair

Mr. Budinger is one of the founders and president of Rodel Inc., a startup that grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of the surface finishing chemicals used to make computer chips, rigid memory disks and specialty optics. Currently, Budinger is Chairman and Founding Director of the Rodel Foundations, and Board Member of The Morrison Institute, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Basis Charter Schools and Greater Phoenix Leadership. In addition, Don serves on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Values Teachers and the O’Connor House Advisory Group.