Two Generations. One Future.

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. Ascend takes a two-generation approach to our work – focusing on children and their parents together – and we bring a gender and racial equity lens to our analysis.

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A Leadership Letter from Ascend on COVID-19


Dear Ascend Community: I wanted to reach out personally to express our rock-solid support of and appreciation for each of you as leaders and partners, especially those of you who are acting as first responders in your communities. Each member of the Ascend at the Aspen Institute team is keenly aware of the trusted and vital role…

Op-ed: Uncertainty is the Enemy of Prosperity


This op-ed, by Ascend’s Executive Director Anne Mosle, was published in The Hill on March 24, 2020. There’s a truth we’re all experiencing now: Uncertainty is the enemy of prosperity. Not knowing if and when we can get food for our families. Not knowing if or when we’ll go back to work. Not knowing when…

Coronavirus SHEroes: Building a Better Future for Families

In a time of crisis, leaders emerge. The Harvard Business School underscored this point with an article by Professor Bill George on 10 outstanding leaders who have stepped up during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s especially important as we honor women leaders who have broken barriers during Women’s History Month that we also recognize women…

Announcing: The Next Phase of Family Prosperity

Tuesday, February 4, 2020Contact: Lindsay BroyhillAscend at the Aspen InstituteTel: 202.721.5596lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org The Aspen Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Join Forces to Advance Innovative Strategies for Families’ Health and Economic Prosperity Organizations Invited to Apply to Second Phase of Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s Learning and Action Community Washington, DC – The Aspen Institute’s Ascend…