Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community

About the Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community

The Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community (Family Prosperity) is Ascend’s initiative for breakthrough innovations and collaborations that position families and future generations to reach educational success, economic prosperity, and health and well-being.

Family Prosperity’s mission is to strengthen parents’ and families’ access to employment opportunities, economic security, and health and well-being. Our community brings together cross-sector leaders, including and especially employers in the public and private sectors who recognize a shared responsibility for families in their community and broadly.

We prioritize anti-racism and reimagining systems and structures to achieve family prosperity, and we recognize that no policy for families of color can achieve meaningful outcomes without the experiences, voices, expertise, and decision-making of those families. Business, government, and the communities and families that employers support and serve must also inform those policies.

Family Prosperity partners share insights and work collectively to develop solutions for families. A multilayered community, each partner brings unique insights to the table:

Family Prosperity Partners include on-the-ground innovators – local and regional organizations that have significant track records for possessing the research, practice, and policy expertise to create high-impact solutions – and the most visionary and results-driven national policy organizations advancing family prosperity.

Advisors are distinguished experts and thought leaders from the business, government, academic, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors who provide additional perspective, content expertise, and partnership to Family Prosperity.

Together, we will:

  • Build, disseminate, and implement a portfolio of actionable approaches and strategies  that put child and family outcomes at the center, including innovations in paid leave and child care; equitable support for families’ health, mental health, and well-being; employment partnerships; and public benefits programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • Identify a set of practices and policies that can shift the narrative around families with low incomes and transform policymaker, practitioner, and public mindsets; and
  • Create and refine bold policies that can influence the private sector and the way workers, particularly those with low wages, are supported, employed, and trained.

Family Prosperity launched for the first time in 2017. In that first cohort, we saw partners leading the field with guaranteed basic income, community-based mental health and job-skill supports, higher education built around parents’ lives, and many more innovations. The second phase cohort, to be announced on July 28, 2020, will bring an accelerated focus to engaging the business community and the role of employers in advancing employment, educational opportunities, and the health and well-being of families.

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Family Prosperity Partners (Second Phase)
Learn more about each partners’ work here.

Family Prosperity Advisors (Second Phase)
Learn more about each advisor here.

  • Gina Adams, Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, FedEx 
  • Dr. Rohini Anand, PhD, Former SVP Corporate Responsibility and  Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo 
  • Al Fuller, President and Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Packaging Company, LLC  
  • Jesús Gerena, Chief Executive Officer, Family Independence Initiative 
  • Sarita Gupta, Director of Future Work(ers), Ford Foundation 
  • Sara Horowitz, Chief Executive Officer, Trupo 
  • Dr. Jerreed Ivanich, PhD, Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Public Health 
  • Vicki Shabo, Senior Fellow, Better Life Lab, New America 
  • Dr. Eldar Shafir, PhD, Class of 1987 Professor in Behavioral Science and Public Policy, Princeton University  
  • Dr. Howard Stevenson, Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Dr. Jennifer Sullivan, Secretary, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration 
  • Lorelei Vargas, Executive Director, Trinity Commons  
  • Dr. Sarah Watamura, Associate Professor, University of Denver  
  • Dr. Joe Wright, President and CEO, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland Capital Region Health