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2022 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellows

The Aspen Ideas Festival Fellows are a diverse group of global leaders who are selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.

  • June 7th 2022

The Aspen Ideas Festival is pleased to announce the 2022 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellows, a diverse group of over 200 leaders from all over the United States and 9 different countries that have been selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.

They were nominated by senior members of the Aspen Institute’s staff, Festival advisors, previous Fellows, and many others within the Aspen Institute’s broad network. These Fellowships are made possible by a group whose purchase of special Patron passes directly contributes to this important program. The Aspen Institute is proud to host these distinguished leaders and grateful to the Patrons for their crucial support. Additional thanks to the Penner Family Foundation for its generous support in bringing a Fellows cohort to the 2022 Festival. The Fellows listed below will attend either Festival 1 or Festival 2.

2022 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellows

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman, Founder, SPENTEM

Oscar Abello, Senior Economics Correspondent, Next City

Mahmoud Abouelnaga, Solutions Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Don Abram, Founder and Executive Director, Pride in the Pews

Nadia Aghaie, Director, Employee Communications, Comcast

Ana Aguayo, Associate Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Kofi Alorzuke, Senior Finance and Grants Manager, de Beaumont Foundation

Mohammad Alsaafin, Senior Producer, AJ+

Yoslin Amaya Hernandez, Student Advocacy Coordinator, Generation Hope

Sonia Anunciacion, Afghan Response Project Lead, Alight

Edmy Angélica Ayala Rosado, Community Projects Manager, Ciencia Puerto Rico

Donnell Bailey, Chief of Staff, Brothers Empowered to Teach

Twyla Baker, President, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

Heather Barmore, Digital Director, US Department of the Interior

Shelly Bell, CEO, Black Girl Ventures

Jabari Benjamin, Senior Articles Editor, Georgetown Law

Tamara Bobakova, Special Projects Lead, LEAF Academy

Anjali Boyd, PhD Student, Duke University

Clare Bresnahan, English President and CEO, New Leaders Council

Melanie R. Bridgeforth, President and CEO, Women's Foundation of Alabama

Michelle Brown, Founder and CEO, CommonLit

Afua Bruce, Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University

Katie Bunten-Wamaru, co-CEO, African Visionary Fund

Evelyn Burnett, Co-Founder and CEO, ThirdSpace Action Lab

Stacy Caldwell, CEO, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

Lindsey Cameron, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Sixto Cancel, CEO and Founder, Think of Us

Aaron Carr, Executive Director, Housing Rights Initiative

Michael Charles, Postdoctoral Researcher, Newark Earthworks Center

Ruby Choonoo, Senior Product Manager, Civic Eagle

Georges Clement, Founder and Executive Director, JustFix

Samara Cohen, Director/Producer, Princess Lockerooo Productions

Martín Concha, CFO, Ainwater

Ben Cooper, Senior Strategy Learning and Evaluation Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Janett Cordoves, Director of Higher Education Partnerships, Interfaith America

Mariana Costa, Co-founder and CEO, Laboratoria

Bethany Criss, Chief External Relations Officer, Leading Educators

Megan Crook, Director of Advancement and External Affairs, AltCap

Gregg Croteau, Chief Executive Officer, UTEC, Inc.

Kaitlin Curtice, Author

Aarushi Das, Vice President, Clear Vision Impact Fund

Maacah Davis, Principal, MaacahMedia

David Desai-Ramirez, Market President, AltCap

Cristina Diez, Graduate Student in Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida

Robert Diggs, Associate, Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group

Paul Disselkoen, Senior Associate, Government Relations, PayPal

Rebecca Dixon, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project

Quang Do, Equity and Inclusion Program Officer, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Quay Dorsey, Senior Program Director, WestEd

Cayenne Douglass, Playwright, Theater Masters

Tinker Duclo, Vice President and Campus Dean, Colorado Mountain College

Dapo (Oladapo) Durojaiye, Administrative Fellow, Mount Sinai Health System

Wendy Ellis, Director and Assistant Professor, Center for Community Resilience, The George Washington University

Natalie Engel, Senior Director, Development, PBS KIDS Content, PBS

Jason Estremera, Executive Director, Northwest Side CDC

Jessica Eting, COO and Co-Founder, Flourish FI

Ginny Fahs, Product Research and Development, Consumer Reports Digital Lab

Alison Flores, Latino Affairs Liaison, Prince George's County

Kenneth Ford, Regional Portfolio Director, Department of Defense

Kenrick Fraser, Global Lead, Employee Impact and Community Partnerships, PayPal

Barbara Freeman, CEO, LaMedichi Savings Clubs

Odeh Friday, Country Director, Accountability Lab, Nigeria

Eduardo Garcia, Senior Policy Manager, Latino Community Foundation

Stephanie Gee, Director of Operations and Communications, New Breath Foundation

Miguel Gonzalez, Senior Director Human Resources Space and Launch, The Boeing Company

Alejandro Gonzalez, Executive Director, The Idea Center at Miami Dade College

Heather Grumley, Superintendent, Garfield Re-2 School District

Natalia Gulick de Torres, Grant Writer and Research Associate, Archivos del Caribe

Jose Guzman, Founder, Guzman, Inc.

Desi Hall, Executive Director, The Frances Thompson Education Foundation

Simone Hardeman-Jones, Executive Director, GreenLight Fund Twin Cities

Joshua Hay, CEO, Indelible Business Solutions

Nidhi Hebbar, Co-Founder, The Edtech Equity Project, Product Lead, Google

Tameka Henry, Executive Director, The Obodo Collective

Shandiin Herrera, Director, Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii Community Center, Yee Ha’ólníi Doo

Phylicia Hill, Counsel, Criminal Justice Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Joseph Hobot, President and CEO, American Indian OIC

Laura Huerta Migus, Deputy Director, Office of Museum Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Tracie Jackson, Footwear Designer, Nike

Drayton Jackson, Executive Director, The Foundation for Homeless and Poverty Management

Shawon Jackson, Founder and CEO, Vocal Justice

Madison Jacobs, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer | Cofounder, Public Rights Project | Edtech Equity

Stella Jemna, Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister's Office, Government of the Republic of Moldova

Dr. Melanie Johnson, President and CEO, Collaborative for Children

Menghun Kaing, Program Officer, Internews Network

Janine Kamwene, Senior Communications Manager, PayPal

Sarah Kanbar, Attorney, Beeson, Tayer and Bodine, APC

Amal Karim, Senior Impact Officer, The Constellation Fund

Peter Kazickas, CEO, Uncommon.org

Fatou Keita, Manager of Foundation Relations/Grant Writer, National Women's Law Center (NWLC)

Kani Keita, Vice President, TPG Rise Climate

Julie Knowles, Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Garfield Re-2 School District

Nicole Krishtul, Strategic Organizer on Housing, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander

Shohini Kundu, Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles - Anderson School of Management

Jeremy Lampkin, Director of Indirect and Alternate Channel Sales, Comcast

Ivy Lau, Global Public Policy and Research Lead Manager, PayPal

Aaron Liu, Vice President, TPG

Maribel Lopez, Senior Director, Head of PBS Digital Studios, PBS

Katie Machen, Adjunct Lecturer in English, Queens College, CUNY

Adrian Alberto Madriz, Executive Director, Struggle for Miami's Affordable and Sustainable Housing, Inc.

Nikhil Mandalaparthy, Advocacy Director, Hindus for Human Rights

Miguelina Manriquez, Senior Manager, Corporate Engagement, Per Scholas

C. Nicole Mason, President and CEO, Institute for Women's Policy Research

Mahyn Mata, Development Coordinator and Bilingual Liaison, The Early Learning Center of Aspen

Ava Mateo, Executive Director, 18by Vote

Thaddeus McCants, Playwright and Television Writer, Theatre Masters

Keisha E. McKenzie, Senior Vice President of Programs, Auburn Seminary

Máté Mester, Managing Partner, MSpire

Keiran Miller, Director of College Prep Programs, Cooperman College Scholars

Juan Carlos Monterrey-Gómez, Executive Director, Climate Resilient

Vin Montes, CEO and Co-Founder, PROFIT Financial, Inc.

Kristen Morales, Associate Director, Digital Marketing, Mount Sinai Health System

Corbin Morris, Associate General Counsel, Walton Family Foundation

Zaira Nazario, Principal Research Scientist, IBM

Nicole Noblet, Apprentice Teacher, Cow Tipping Press

Lovelyn Nwadeyi, Inclusion Strategy Manager EMEA, Netflix

Precious Nwajei, MPH Administrative Fellow, Mount Sinai Health System

Stephanie Nadi Olson, Founder and CEO, We Are Rosie

Sara Ortega, Communications Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Ines Palacios, Co-founder, Chaka

Nitzan Pelman, Founder and CEO, Climb Hire

Chelsea Peters, Chief Strategy Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Lori Pfingst, Senior Director, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Kenia Pinela, FFN and Peer Support Manager, Valley Settlement

Micaela Poirette, Product Director Unified Communications, Comcast Business

Jasmin Ramirez, Founder and CEO, Ramirez and Company Consulting

Jimmy Ramirez, Host and Storyteller, Viva La Mota

Carol Ramos, Research Assistant, University at Buffalo-SUNY

Tiffany Reid-Collazo, Attorney, The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Alice Rhee, Chief Communications and Partnerships Officer, Skoll Foundation

Michelle Rhone-Collins, CEO, LIFT

Paul Rink, Senior Fellow, Our Children's Trust

Josue Rivera, District Director, PR and USVI, U.S. Small Business Administration

Atlese Robinson, Founding Artistic Director, Ambiance Theatre

Chelsey Roebuck, Founder, Executive Director, Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering, Inc

Alex Sánchez, CEO, Voces Unidas

Parvathi Santhosh-Kumar, Vice President of Equitable Results, StriveTogether

Mateus Santos, Senior Director, Product ManagementComcast

Rinku Sen, Executive Director, Narrative Initiative

George Shardlow, Associate Director of US State Government Relations, Cargill

Karam Sheban, Director of Sustainable Forestry/Doctoral Student, Rural Action/Yale School of the Environment

Alejandro Silva Diaz, Operations Director, Integro Foundation

Sean Snyder, Owner, Stevens and Snyder

Saket Soni, Executive Director, Resilience Force

Beatriz Soto, Director Protegete, Conservation Colorado

Adrian Matthias Stevens, Two Spirit Ambassador, Stevens and Snyder

Sarah Stripp, Managing Director, Springboard To Opportunities

Adam Svejda, Director of Marketing and Communications, Prague Institute of Planning and Development

Adam Swartzbaugh, CEO and Founder, Almond Fintech

Jackson Swearer, Entrepreneur Navigator and Director, StartUp Hutch

Anthony Tamez, YAB Chairman, Center for Native American Youth | Chi-Nations Youth Council

Elizabeth Tang, Senior Counsel, National Women's Law Center

Maria Tarajano Rodman, Executive Director, Valley Settlement

Michal Tarnowski, Co-founder, Civic Knowledge Academy (Akademia Wiedzy Obywatelskiej)

Miah Ulysse, Community Equity Program Manager, Wilder Foundation

Ebony Underwood, Founder/CEO, WE GOT US NOW, INC

Ekemini Uwan, Public Theologian, Sistamatictheology, LLC

Kazua Melissa Vang, Filmmaker, In Progress and APIA MN Film Collective

Gabe Vasquez, Candidate for Congress, New Mexico-02

Elizabeth Velasco, CEO, Global Language Services

Angel Velez, Co-Founder and President, Velez Diversity Consulting

Marco Villegas, COO, Encima Neighborhood Development

Bendjhi Villiers, Senior Advisor of High School through College Programming, Cooperman College Scholars

Joe Waters, Co-Founder and CEO, Capita

Jordan Watkins, Teacher, Chicago Public Schools

Leah Watson, Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union

Kate Wharton, Head of Natural Capital, CrossBoundary

Michael White, President, Indelible

Kristopher White, Director of Development, Compass Working Capital

Daniel Williams, President and CEO, Steelcase Foundation

Kristina Williams, Founder and CEO, Unpacking

Daria Willis, President, Howard Community College

Landon Wilson, Educator, Pat Tillman Foundation

Atti Worku, Co-CEO, The African Visionary Fund

Will (Wei) Wu, Social Media Coordinator, Mount Sinai Health System

Mike Zhang, Senior Director, Comcast

IFILL Fellows, in memory of Gwen Ifill

Jessica Kutz, Gender, Climate and Sustainability Reporter, The 19th

Bushra Seddique, Editorial Fellow, The Atlantic

Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz, Senior Writer, New York Magazine

Talmon Smith, Economics Reporter, The New York Times

Talib Visram, Staff Writer, Fast Company

KIPP Accelerator Aspen Fellows

Dru Baker, Software Engineer, Freelance

Aizhaneya Carter, Student/Actor, Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Candidate in Acting and Directing

Ashley Copeland, Founder, Stacks and the City

Avonda Fogan, Cybersecurity Project Manager, Lafayette Group

Francina Genao, Privacy Analyst, New York City Housing Authority

Richard Harris, Senior Tax Associate, PwC

Kelby Hicks, Corporate Acquisitions Associate, Midtown Property Law

Simone Michelle Mariposa, Content Creator, Birth Doula, and Actress

Yasha Morgan, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, KIPP Academy

Jamelfrey Pacheco, Director, National Alumni Network, KIPP Foundation

Andrea Richardson, Supply Chain Manager, Chevron

Nzali Scales, Chef, Zaza’s Kitchen

Mujaahida Shakur, Health Specialist, National Institutes of Health

Marcus Williams, HS Japanese Teacher, New Heights Academy

Matthew Zenteno, Real Estate Agent, Keller Williams

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