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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…

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…

2012-2013 Ascend Fellows


Katie Albright Safe and Sound San Francisco, CA Katie Albright, JD, is the Executive Director of Safe and Sound (formerly the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center), an organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the promotion of healthy families, and the mental health of children. Her prior experiences include SF Deputy…

2GPI 2017 Pre-Reading


Please use the linked PDF for the 2GPI Pre-Reading, Cure at Troy, by Seamus Heaney: Heaney_Cure at Troy

Re-Wiring Family Policies with Brain Science


On Thursday, September 28, Ascend hosted the Brain Science and Positive Parenting roundtable discussion to discuss the latest research and jumpstart action on behalf of family mental health. The roundtable brought together over 30 leaders across brain science, positive parenting approaches, direct-service programs, and policy to explore opportunities and challenges to applying new research to…

2015 Aspen ThinkXChange


What is the 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange? The 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange was the premier national convening of leaders with bold ideas for creating an intergenerational cycle of opportunity for low-income American families. The third Aspen ThinkXChange gathered dynamic leaders from across sectors to identify opportunities and solutions for moving children and their parents together toward stability…