Bold Leaders To Collaborate for New Family Economic Security Strategies


For Immediate Release Contact: Lindsay Broyhill Ascend at the Aspen Institute Tel: 202.721.5596 lindsay.broyhill@aspeninstitute.org   Bold Leaders To Collaborate for New Family Economic Security Strategies Aspen Institute Names Inaugural Aspen Family Prosperity Innovation Community   Washington, DC – The Aspen Institute announced the selection of six of the boldest organizations leading the family economic security…

Ascend Launches Innovation Community for Families


The unemployment rate is lower than it has been for many years and working parents are and have been key contributors to our nation’s economic growth. With that, we must fully recognize that America’s workforce has changed dramatically over several decades – almost half of all children are being raised in households in which all…

Reinventing the Way We Measure Family Outcomes


Many policies and programs in the United States target either children or their parents. Few keep the whole family in focus, and even fewer have mastered the complex task of measuring outcomes for families. This month, the state of Connecticut took a big step forward when its Office of Early Childhood announced a new way measure when…

Sustaining 2Gen Success During Transitions


Good leaders know when a transition is coming and work to provide a clear roadmap for the future. Transitions at the state level are felt even more acutely these days with staff turnover, retiring leadership, and 2018 gubernatorial elections on the horizon in 36 states. As state leaders think about what comes next, maintaining the…

Strategies for Centering Families: New Narratives, Better Policies


On Thursday, November 30, 2017, we hosted a webinar to explore effective policymaking strategies that replace false narratives with real family voices and experiences. Speakers highlighted recommendations from a new paper, Becoming Visible: Welfare, Race, and Political Voice in Jackson, Mississippi, which details the experiences of families in affordable housing in the context of social…

2015-16 Ascend Fellows


John Annis Barancik Foundation Sarasota, FL Mr. John Annis is, as of January 1, 2018, the senior vice president of collaboration and impact at the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. The Barancik Foundation, a private foundation serving Sarasota, has awarded $27 million in grants since its 2014 inception. Formerly, he was senior vice president of community…