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Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator in Residence


“As a foundation, we are asking organizations to think differently about how they approach a problem and, subsequently, how they approach the solution. Our partnership with Ascend at the Aspen Institute to create the Innovator in Residence position is a reflection of our approach. If we want transformative solutions for families with low incomes, we need to shake up the way we think about the challenges. Ascend is as passionate as we are about finding better ways to create change for children and families, and we look forward to the ideas and vision we will advance together.”

- Carrie Morgridge, Vice President, Morgridge Family Foundation

“We are honored to partner with the Morgridge Family Foundation to improve the lives of children and families with low incomes across the country. This program would not be possible without the Foundation's inspirational work and Carrie's vision and leadership.”

- Anne Mosle, Vice President, the Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute


Purpose: The Morgridge Family Economic Security Innovator serves as a powerful innovator, policy strategist, and communicator in service of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. She is an active thought leader in advancing family stability and well-being, crafting insightful thought pieces, developing tools, and helping frame and disseminate important field resources to advance practice and policy solutions for children and families with low incomes. 

Who:  Innovator: A person who introduces new methods, ideas, or products.

About Ascend at the Aspen Institute: Ascend is a leading policy program of the Aspen Institute. Created in the shadow of the great recession, Ascend serves as the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their families toward educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Ascend has a proven track record of catalyzing public discourse, developing leaders, building a national network of high performing organization across sectors, spurring collective community action, and advancing policy and practice innovations for families.

We believe effective policy and systems change is rooted in: 1) experiences of children and families; 2) data and research; and 3) best and promising practice. We take a two-generation approach to our work, meeting the needs of children and the adults in their lives together. We see the following components as necessary to create a cycle of opportunity: high quality early childhood education, adult postsecondary education and employment pathways, health and well-being, economic assets, and social capital – the trusted networks we rely on. Central to our work are three core values: racial equity, a gender lens, and engaging the voices of families.

With appreciation to the Morgridge Family Foundation for their generous support. The Innovator in Residence is one of several signature Fellowship investments of the Morgridge Family Foundation.