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Announcement

2024 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellows

Meet the 2024 cohort of Aspen Ideas Festival Fellows, a diverse group of leaders who are selected for their innovative work, inspired accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.

  • June 3rd 2024

The Aspen Ideas Festival is pleased to announce the 2024 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellows, a diverse group of over 130 leaders from all over the United States and 11 different countries who 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. At the Festival, these rising stars will bring forward innovative solutions to the complex problems discussed on our stages and join a vast network of past Fellows whose big ideas are making the world a better place.

These Fellowships are made possible by a group whose purchase of special Patron passes underwrites this important program. The Aspen Institute is proud to host these distinguished leaders and grateful to the Raikes Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Patrons and donors for their crucial support. Additional thanks to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and KIPP Foundation for their generous support in bringing Fellows cohorts to the 2024 Festival.

2024 Festival Fellows

Wemimo Abbey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Esusu Inc.

Jamar Adams, Founder and Managing Principal, Essence Development

Queenstar Akrong, Founder, No Debt Degree; Senior Director, Whiteboard Advisors

Isimemen Aladejobi, CEO and Founder, Isimemen Consulting

Hadeil Ali, Director and Fellow, Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Cesar Alvarez, Intergovernmental Affairs, Three Affiliated Tribes

Tre'vell Anderson, Chief Imagination Officer, Slayzhon

Jovanna Archuleta, Early Childhood Community Outreach Director, LANL Foundation

America Anaid Avalos Galindo, National Manager for Education and Family Philanthropy, Coppel Foundation

Daniel Barker, President and CEO, Halcyon

Veronica Barner, Renewables R&D Director, GE Vernova

Brianna Barrett, Playwright, Theater Masters

Gabriella Borter, U.S. National Affairs Correspondent, Reuters

Kristy Brooks-Olk, Interim Associate Dean, School of Business, Colorado Mountain College

Kaelani Rae Burja, Martin A. Dale '53 Fellow, Princeton University

Camila Caicedo, Associate Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Grace Caza, Chief of Staff, Supply Chain and Operations, GE Vernova

Jennifer Chen, Director of Virtual Programming, World Learning

Evelyn Chilomo, Chief Executive Officer, Lupiya

Justine Correa, Capital Strategies Senior Associate, Roanhorse Consulting, LLC

Cristina Davila, Urban Planner and Designer, AECOM

Philip DeCicco, Grant Writer, Justice at Work

Brianna Dimas, Chief Communications Officer, American Immigration Council

Petra Dzurovcinova, Innovation Lead, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Mohammed Elshamy, Founder, ByBelo

Krizia Fernando, Founder and Co-Director, Femmecubator

Tina Fletcher, Senior Strategy Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Mycal Ford, COO, Black China Caucus Association

Brenna Fromayan, Strategy Manager, Walton Enterprises

Natalie Furlett, Senior Director of Member and Student Engagement, Campus Compact

Alex Garcia Bernal, Education and Events Manager, Garfield County Public Library District

Richmond Glasgow, Chief Corporate Counsel and Deputy Secretary, GE Vernova

Danielle Goonan, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

Keri Gray, CEO, NAMED Advocates

Kushal Gurung, Founder and CEO, WindPower Nepal

Daniel Harawa, Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law

Jason Harris, VP Network Engineering, Comcast Business

Jawad Hosseini, Student, George Mason University

Abe Hudson, Program Officer (Arkansas-Mississippi Delta), Walton Family Foundation

Faisal Ishtiaq, Executive Director, Machine Learning, Comcast

Julia Izumi, Freelance Playwright, Theater Masters

Kemy J, Keynote Speaker, DEIB Executive Coach and Motivational Music Artist, Forever Free

Ambar Januel Lopez, CEO and Founder, Neta Collab

Jesse Kohler, Senior Director, Product and Pricing, Comcast Business

Onrei Josh Ladao, Program Coordinator for Operations and Engagement, Georgetown Scholars Program

Maria Solana Ledesma, Project Manager, Fundación Chaka Somos Puente

Elly Leman, Director of Institutional and Corporate Giving, Mikva Challenge

Jose Lopez-Nava, Diversion Manager, 8th Judicial District, State of Colorado

Jessica Luu Pelletier, Artist, Producer and Community Organizer, The Sống Collective

Katherine Mateo, Founder and CEO, Equity.

Kevin Matthews, Chief Facilitator, BuildingBread

Canaan McCaslin, Program Officer, Gates Foundation

Kelly Medina, Director, Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork Schools

Hemakshi Meghani, Co-Founder, Indian School of Democracy

Jaimie Milner, Artist and Photographer, The Gifted Project

Brian Moran, Chief of Staff, Power Segment, GE Vernova

Brian Murray, CEO, Shift Capital

Brittany Murrey, Executive Vice President, Talent Solutions, Per Scholas

Viet Nguyen, Executive Director, EdMobilizer

Danielle Nicholson, Chief Operating Officer, A Call to Men

Sally Nnamani, Co-Executive Director, PeacePlayers United States

Laura Plunkett, Executive Director of Startup Engagement, Comcast NBCUniversal

Yasmin Ramirez, Head of Sales, Americas and Strategic Partnerships, Reuters

Lana Ramjit, Director of Operations, Clinic to End Tech Abuse, Cornell University

Andy Rector, SVP, Engineering, GE Vernova

Iliana Renteria, Independent Marketing and Outreach Professional

Lisa Maria Rhodes, Founder and Executive Director, ALAS

Kadeem Robinson, Director of Policy and Communications, New York City Council

Samuel Rodriguez, Founder and Executive Director, Walls For Justice

Elina Rodriguez, Senior Manager of Advocacy and Organizing, Community Economic Defense Project

Sofia Sanchez, Founder, Tule

Maggie Seldeen, Founder and Director, High Rockies Harm Reduction; Certified Peer and Family Specialist

Aryan Sharma, CEO, Induced

Natalie Sifuma, Head of Communications, SHE Changes Climate

Harman Singh, Executive Director, Sikh Coalition

Matthew Spikes, Senior Director, The Business Roundtable

Dillon St. Bernard, Founder, Amplify Pledge

Robert Stephenson, Artist in Residence, Mayor's Office of Policy and Innovation, Washington, D.C.

John Tannous, Senior Policy Advisor, City of Columbus, Ohio

Manuel Valverde, Senior Analyst, GAO

Jessica Vazquez, Business Advisor, Northwest Side CDC

Salma Villarreal, Associate Director, ourBRIDGE

Suhasini Vira, Senior Policy Advisor - International Climate and Nature, UK Government (Cabinet Office)

Ola Wadibia, Vice President, Global Diversity Equity and Inclusion, JPMorgan Chase

Rebecca Waite, Director, Data Analytics and Business Intelligence, Comcast

Echo Wang, U.S. Equity Capital Markets Correspondent, Reuters

Nikita Washington, Founder and CEO, Our Reimagining

Evan Weiss, President and CEO, Newark Alliance

Ben West (Cheyenne), Executive Director, Rena Flying Coyote Collective

Lesley Williams, Owner and Director, Lesley Donna Williams Consulting

Lena Wojciechowska, Project Coordinator, The Center for Citizenship Education

Tsione Wolde-Michael, Executive Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Dylan Zajac, Executive Director, Computers 4 People

Eduarda Zoghbi, Climate and Energy Specialist, Climate Investment Funds

2024 Hispanic Scholarship Fund Cohort

Juan Bermudez, Deployment Strategist, Peregrine

Nathan Bolanos, Senior Associate, Medtech, Guidepoint

Graciela Garcia, Program Manager, Apple

Eric Gonzalez, Senior Analyst, Whitebark Investors

Claudia R. Horan, Assistant Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Monserrat Ibarra, Corporate FP&A, Snap Inc.

Monica Ochoa Porter, CST-100 Starliner Human Engineering Lead, The Boeing Company

Austin Regalado, HR Operations Program Manager, Google

Carolina Rojas, Principal, Distributed Ventures

Samuel (Alex) Sowell, Robotics Engineer, NASA

Samuel Tejeda, Civil/Structural Engineer, DOW Chemical

Vanessa Velasquez, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2024 Ifill Cohort, in memory of Gwen Ifill

Tom Kludt, Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair

Sam Levine, Reporter, The Guardian

Clara Molot, Senior Editor, AIR MAIL

Tasneem Nashrulla, Breaking News Editor, Semafor

Nik Popli, Politics Reporter, TIME

2024 KIPP Accelerator Cohort

Twenewaa Adu-Oppong, Senior Director of Programs, Breakthrough Houston

Nyeka M. Artiaga, Special Education Teacher, KIPP SoCal

Sarah Bond, Analyst, Cambridge Systematics

Anthony Devon, Founder, Bedrock

Mayda Celeste Diaz Lehr, Graduate Student, KIPP

Bobby Hill, Lead Television Graphic Artist, SportsGrid

Monica Jew-Gonzalez, Workday Reporting Business Analyst, Kellogg Brown and Root

Cynthia Resendiz, Digital Marketing Manager, Baylor College of Medicine

2024 Raikes Foundation Cohort

Colleen Echohawk, CEO, Eighth Generation

Dara Eskridge, CEO, Invest STL

Maryam Laguna Borrego, Vice President for External Affairs and Chief of Staff, Miami Dade College

Tim Lampkin, Founder and CEO, Higher Purpose Co.

Derrick Lewis, Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors, The Bronx Community Foundation

Senchel Matthews, Associate Director of Built Environment, Full Frame Initiative

Jahnavi Rao, President and Founder, New Voters

Adriana Sanchez, Director of Community Organizing, Latino Community Foundation

Jonah Toth, Founder and Executive Director, passion2action Youth Empowerment

Saul Valdez, Senior Program Officer, ECMC Foundation

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