Meet the 2018 Aspen Institute Fellows
The Aspen Institute announced the 2018 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows on Thursday. The Ascend Fellowship invests in diverse, entrepreneurial leaders from a range of sectors who have breakthrough ideas to build economic security, educational success, and health and well-being for families in the U.S. Among the Fellows are Kwame Anku, CEO and Chairman of the Black Star Fund, an early stage innovation fund investing in the U.S. and Africa; Myla Calhoun, President of the Alabama Power Foundation, which grants to Alabama nonprofits, education institutions, and community organizations; Wendy Ellis, Project Director and Co-Principal Investigator of Building Community Resilience at George Washington University; Tobeka Green, President and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute, which works to improve and advance the equality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy; Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Museums, the world’s largest professional society promoting and advocating on behalf of children’s museums and children’s museum professionals; Joseph Jones, Founder and CEO of the Center for Urban Families, Inc., which empowers low-income families by enhancing both the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers; Jennifer Lee, Director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Service, who is responsible for overseeing a $10 billion budget and providing health coverage for more than one million Virginians; Lorelei Vargas, Deputy Commissioner of the Child and Family Well-Being with City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services, where she is responsible for administering the agency’s first division dedicated to using a two-generation approach to strengthen programs, leverage existing resources, and build on the assets that are inherent in the children and families of NYC; and Raphael Warnock, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. More here.