Don Budinger Rodel Chariman and Founding Director

Don Budinger

Chairman & Founding Director

As one of the founders of the Rodel Foundations, Don serves as the chairman of the board of directors of the Rodel Foundation of Arizona as well as a board member for the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. He is also chairman and founding director of Science Foundation Arizona. Don is a Director and Secretary of BASIS Charter Schools, a Lifetime Member of ASU President’s Club, a board member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, and a member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council. He has served as a trustee of Arizona State University.


Don has been recognized as a “Distinguished Associate” by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy. The O’Connor House presented him with their Community Leadership Award and he was recognized by Teach for America as a “Homeroom Hero.” Children’s Action Alliance honored him with the Horace Steel Child Advocacy award; he also received a child advocacy award from the New Directions Institute.


The University of Arizona College of Engineering recognized Don for “Distinguished Service” while Northern Arizona University awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters and the Arizona Board of Regents presented him with an award for “Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education.”