Webinar: 2Gen and Housing Authorities: Tapping a Powerful Platform


Ascend held a national webinar on Thursday, January 18 on 2Gen approaches and the power of housing authorities to support whole families. Experts and Ascend Network Partners Sue Popkin (Urban Institute) and Mary Howard (Chicago Housing Authority) share background on the historical role of housing authorities in advancing holistic solutions for families, and the opportunity…

Welcome to the Aspen Institute’s New President-Elect!


The Aspen Institute Board of Trustees named Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., as the organization’s next president and CEO. Dan is president of Franklin & Marshall College. Dan Porterfield is an innovative, strategic thinker. He brings to the position an intellectual depth, a commitment to inclusivity and diversity, and an ability to lead a complex, mission-driven…

Holistic Coaching: Keeping Families at the Center


“The beauty of [family-centered] coaching is that it can be ongoing or a one-time deal depending on the family’s goals and the place that they are in their life.” – Taneka Thomas, Goodwill Industries of Central Michigan’s Heartland. Ascend recently co-hosted a webinar with The Prosperity Agenda on Family-Centered Coaching (FCC), a coaching model that…

2Gen Policymakers Institute 2017


“I strongly believe that talent and potential are equally distributed, but opportunities are not.” – Isabelle Hau, Omidyar Network Ascend hosted the third 2Gen Policymakers Institute (2GPI) on October 17-19. This convening brought together policymakers from 14 states, federal leaders, parents, practitioners, and philanthropists to exchange actionable strategies focused on better outcomes for children and…