Ascend Fellows 2015
Diverse Leaders Around U.S. Fuel Advances in Opportunity for Low-Income Families
The Ascend Fellowship invests in diverse leaders from a range of sectors who have breakthrough ideas to build economic security, educational success, and health and well-being for low-income families in the US.
Poverty and inequality are the central economic, political, and moral issues of our time...The Ascend Fellowship is part of the Aspen Institute’s commitment to advancing opportunity and equality in America.
- Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute
Leaders on the front lines: These leaders have new solutions to bridge inequality for children and their parents. Among their ideas and innovations:
- accelerated ‘bootcamps’ that open up training for high demand jobs to students lacking time and resources;
- systemic shifts in state human services and early education, such as the redesign of child care subsidies; and
- brain science research on the sensitive early months of life and parenting for families that have experienced trauma or toxic stress.
All will fuel their work with a two-generation approach that invests in children and their parents together.
About the Fellowship: The Ascend Fellowship is a values-based leadership program that builds on the best of the Aspen Institute leadership tradition. Ascend Fellows learn from outstanding faculty; participate in signature Institute convenings and platforms; tap powerful networks of social justice and other leaders; and carry out action plans that advance their innovations and solutions on behalf of children and families
Who's in the class: The 2015 Ascend Fellows join the vanguard of a national network to advance opportunity for low-income families across the country. This year’s class includes state human services and early education system leaders, forward thinking post-secondary and workforce leaders, breakthrough researchers in health and early care and education, philanthropic leaders, and innovative practitioners across multiple sectors.
"The Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows are diverse, entrepreneurial leaders implementing bold ideas to change the trajectory of low-income families’ lives throughout the US,” said Anne Mosle, vice president and executive director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute.
Too many families are struggling, and it is time for a new generation of leaders who have the vision, innovation and drive to develop a portfolio of solutions focused on building an intergenerational cycle of opportunity.
- Anne Mosle, vice president and executive director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
Ascend at the Aspen Institute is grateful to the following institutions and individuals for their ongoing philanthropic support and partnership: Ann B. Friedman, Bezos Family Foundation, Chambers Family Fund, Charlotte Perret Family Trust, The Ford Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The Rocksprings Foundation, Scott and Patrice King Brickman Family Foundation, The Skillman Foundation, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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