Upcoming Convening on June 14: States Leading the Way

The two-generation (2Gen) field is rapidly advancing: scalable and replicable solutions exist and are being expanded. On June 14, 2018, Ascend is proud to feature and host state and local leaders from around the country to release the timely publication States Leading the Way: Practical Solutions that Lift Up Children and Families as part of Ascend’s Solutions Series. The forum will lift up the most promising, actionable solutions from seven states that can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty for families in the US.

The Solutions Series is a collection of briefs, webinars, and convenings that elevate the top opportunities and actionable solutions to move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security as recommended by Ascend and other experts in the field.

We invite you to join us in person for this convening. More information, including agenda, is forthcoming. If you have any questions, please reach out to Eddy Encinales, Program Coordinator at Ascend, at Eddy.Encinales@aspeninstitute.org.

Confirmed speakers include:

Aspen Institute

  • Dan Porterfield, President and CEO, Aspen Institute
  • Anne Mosle, Vice President, Aspen Institute; Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
  • Roxane White, Morgridge Innovator in Residence, Ascend at the Aspen Institute

National, state, and local 2Gen leaders

Policy and Systems

  • Kristin Bernhard, Deputy Commissioner for System Reform, Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Reggie Bicha, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Susan Birch, Executive Director, Washington State Healthcare Authority
  • Roderick Bremby, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services
  • John Davis, Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Human Services
  • Tracy Gruber, Director, Utah Department of Child Care and Senior Advisor for the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative, Utah Department of Workforce Development
  • Gretchen Hammer, Medicaid Director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)
  • Ross Hunter, Secretary, Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
  • Amy Jacobs, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Jeff Kuhr, Executive Director, Mesa County Health Department
  • Mary Anne Snyder, Director, Office of Early Childhood, Colorado Department of Human Services
  • David Stillman, Assistant Secretary of Economic Services Administration, Washington Department of Social and Health Services
  • Martha Ann Todd, Director of the Office of Early Childhood, Technical College System of Georgia
  • David Wilkinson, Commissioner, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood


  • Brittany Birken, CEO, Florida Children’s Council
  • Frank Diadone, President and CEO, Nurse-Family Partnership
  • JoMarie Morris, Executive Director, Jeremiah Program
  • Megan Smith, Principal Investigator and Director, MOMS Partnership


  • Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation
  • Raquel Hatter, Deputy Director of Human Services, Kresge Foundation


  • Sarah Watamura, Associate Professor, University of Denver, Department of Psychology