About Us


Wellington “Duke” Reiter
Senior Advisor to the President, ASU
Executive Director, University City Exchange

Duke Reiter’s portfolio features complex, multi-stakeholder projects involving university/city collaboration, sustainable urbanism, higher education, and healthcare.

Over the past twenty years, Reiter has played numerous roles: academic administrator, faculty member, architect, urban designer, community leader, and public artist. In the course of his career, he has established a track record of highly effective partnerships with public office holders, the business community, non-profit groups, professional organizations, and private sector developers. A student of higher education and economic development, Reiter is particularly interested in the symbiotic relationships between major US metro areas and the colleges and universities embedded within them. Mr. Reiter was a key player in the conceptualization and creation of the award-winning Downtown Phoenix Campus for ASU. He is presently a national Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and chair of ULI's University Development and Innovation Council.

Melissa McCann
University City Exchange

Melissa coordinates specific initiatives related to urban design, planning and sustainability strategies. Her current focus is the Rio Salado Project. In addition, she is a planning and design educator in the ASU - W.P. Carey School of Business, Master of Real Estate Development program focusing on the built environment, market positioning, capturing value and the importance of good design to the business of real estate. Melissa’s projects consistently have been honored for their integration of implementable visionary ideas, programming strategies, and sustainability, by multiple national awards including the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, American Society of Landscape Architects, The Waterfront Center, and the American Public Works Association, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Her thorough knowledge spanning master planning to technical implementation has resulted in complex, award-winning public space projects comprised of design teams averaging 8 to 40 people with combined project values from $500,000 to $285M.

Kate Carefoot
Program Manager
University City Exchange

Kate has served a range of roles within the ASU system since 2008, including eight years supporting senior leadership for the ASU Foundation before transitioning to the office of University Affairs. In her work with the University City Exchange, Kate has contributed to the development of projects such as The Central Idea, Rio Reimagined, and Ten Across, as well as a variety of other multifaceted, collaborative concepts. As program manager, her primary responsibilities involve the development of programming and publications for Ten Across and other UCX ventures. She is a native of Seattle and an interdisciplinary studies major at ASU with concentration in U.S. history.

Sabine Butler
Executive Assistant to Duke Reiter

Sabine brings over 13 years of administrative experience to the team. For her efforts in communication, coordinating schedules, projects and events she received the Outstanding Classified Staff Service award at Northern Arizona University and was selected by her peers at Florida State University for the FSU Libraries Excellence Award. As the number one tennis player for Ghana in 1992, Sabine began her adventure in the U.S. with an athletic scholarship to a junior college in Texas. She later transferred to South Carolina State and received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. She went on to complete a Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Science - Human Performance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Master of Administration-Leadership and Health Science Emphasis from NAU. Sabine loves spending time with her husband and treasures every moment with their two kids.

Cecilia Rivere
Assistant Director
University City Exchange

Cecilia has over 30 years of experience with community outreach, event planning and logistics, marketing initiatives, organizational management, communication strategy and fundraising.  She has a broad, long-standing network of strategic relationships with municipalities, utilities, commercial real estate development, academia and non-profit organizations.  Cecilia earned a master’s degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and graduated from Arizona State University.  Her professional employment includes the Office of U.S. Representative Morris Udall, City of Phoenix, Salt River Project (SRP), Valley Partnership and Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale.  She has a history of active community service with many Valley non-profits including YWCA Maricopa County, St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Girl Scouts of Arizona. She lives in Phoenix with her husband Roger and three daughters.  

Benjamin Stanley, Ph.D
Faculty Associate, School of Sustainability
Research Analyst, University-City Exchange
Research Associate, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Benjamin W. Stanley earned an M.A. in Geography and Urban Planning, and a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University. His broadly transdisciplinary academic work focuses on the political economy of urban built environments, ranging from comparative studies of premodern urban history and archaeology to modern studies of urban sustainability policy. He has published numerous academic works including a 2017 book entitled Transparent Urban Development: Building sustainability amid speculation in Phoenix, which probed the impact of vacant land speculation and non-local property ownership on sustainable urban development practice in downtown Phoenix.