2022 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows

Meet 22 leaders from across the United States who are primed to transform systems so that our youngest children and families can thrive. These leaders work across sectors and systems of early learning and care, from connecting mental health and infant-maternal well-being to critical economic supports. In addition, the 2022 cohort includes a commitment to building services and policies designed by and for parents and caregivers to drive national early learning, racial equity, and family well-being in systems of care and well-being as well as solutions and learning from Indigenous wisdom and cultural traditions.