2015 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars

The Aspen Ideas Festival is pleased to announce the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars, a diverse group of some 300 action-oriented leaders from all over the United States and around the world, selected for their work and accomplishments—and for their ability to transform ideas into action.

These scholars were nominated by trustees, senior members of the Institute’s staff, Festival track advisors, and past scholars. Their presence at the Festival has been made possible by a group of Festival patrons, whose purchase of special patron passes fund this program. The Aspen Institute is proud to host these distinguished scholars and grateful to the patron pass donors for their support.

Aspen Ideas Festival Scholars

Zakariya AhmadTechnical Product Management Associate, Pearson Education
Sundeep AhujaExecutive Producer, #LastGlimpse
Tomas Alvarez IIICEO, Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc.
Nory AngelExecutive Director and CEO, SER-Jobs for Progress
Carly Bad Heart BullEducation Associate, Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow, Bush Foundation
Deborah BaeSenior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sanda BalabanFounder and Director, CityPathways
Pamay BasseyPresident, The Pamay Group, LLC
Hassan BazziManager of Growth Center, ACCESS Growth Center
Josh BernsteinFounder and CEO, Explorer At Large
Tyrone BeverlyExecutive Director, Im’Unique
Rick BlauveltExecutive Director, Raising A Reader Aspen to Parachute
Natalia BogolaskyHead of Communications and Content Coordinator, Festival Puerto de Ideas
Darren BondManaging Director, 3920 Consulting Group
Ashanti BranchFounder and Director, The Ever Forward Club
Kimbo Brown-SchiratoFounder, CollegeTrek Aspen
Julie BurandtIntegrated Brand Communications, Assistant Manager, Toyota
Jaime CarlsonCommercial Director, Rentech / Pacific Council
Alejandra CastilloNational Director, U.S. Department of Commerce (Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Recipient)
Daria CataluiOfficer, European Union’s Cybersecurity Agency
Andrea ChalupaJournalist and Founder, DigitalMaidan
Wei ChenYouth Organizer, Asian Americans United
Millie Chu BairdManaging Director for the Office of Chief Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Nikki CiceraniPresident and CEO, Upwardly Global
Natalie CofieldPresident and CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce
Daveon ColemanEditor-Producer, AllAfrica Global Media
Francesca CorbachoStaff Attorney, Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Denis CosgroveSenior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Bridget CoynePartnerships Manager, Government and Elections, Twitter
Elena CraftSenior Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Jake CusackManaging Partner, CrossBoundary
Marco DavisDeputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Reynaldo DeceregaSenior Director, Leadership Programs, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Brad DeWeesCaptain, U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Political Science
Maren DonovanCEO, Zirtual
Viraj DoshiProject Manager, 270 Strategies
Gaetana EbboleVice President, Poverty Program, The JPB Foundation
Lucie EckersallTeacher of Mathematics, St. Paul’s School, Concord NH
Isaac EllisProject Manager, Hansen Construction
Jennifer EllspermanPrincipal, Basalt Elementary School
Andeisha FaridFounder and Chairperson, Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO)
Julia FederDirector, Education, U.S. Green Building Council
Kristin FergusonStrategic Partnerships, Education, U.S. Green Building Council
Seth FlaxmanExecutive Director, Democracy Works
Lennon FlowersCo-Founder and Executive Director, The Dinner Party
Andrew FrangosFellow, Math for America
David GardnerFounder and CEO, ColorJar
Nicholas GeerService Member, Washington, D.C., FoodCorps, Inc.
Stacia GeorgeDeputy Director, Office of Transition Initiatives, USAID
Walter GodinezBrand Communications and External Affairs, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Jeremy GoldbergDirector of Civic Innovation, Civic Consulting USA
Tyler GreenAuthor/Producer/Host, Modern Art Notes Media
Bianca GriffithCEO, Agua Inc.
Kristen GurdinCounsel, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Justin HansfordAssistant Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law
Cherie HarderPresident, Trinity Forum
September HargroveChief Operating Officer, New Orleans Startup Fund/PowerMoves.NOLA
Carrie Besnette HauserPresident and CEO, Colorado Mountain College
Lucía HennellyCampaign Manager, New Climate Partnerships, Environmental Defense Fund
Jill HenwoodExecutive Director, Girls on the Run of Western Colorado
Jeffrey HerralaCadet, United States Air Force Academy
Hope HervillaFounder, Save Our Lives, SOS, Panay and Guimaras
Laura HinsonFilmmaker, Image Bearer Pictures
Tyler HollenbachDirector of Impact Investment, Alterna
Joe HurtadoManager, UnitedHealth Group
Oluronke IkorohInitiator and Executive Director, Society to Heighten Awareness of Women and Children Abuse (SOTHAWACA)
Toni IrvingExecutive Director, Get IN Chicago
Frednel IsmaCountry Director, 1000 Jobs Haiti Inc.
William JawandoOf Counsel, The Raben Group
Alan JenkinsExecutive Director, The Opportunity Agenda
Theodore JohnsonCommander, United States Navy
Brian JonesEditor-in-Chief, Task and Purpose
Lilly KamDeveloper Evangelist, i.am+
William KamkwambaJob Designer, IDEO.org
Kenna KayCreative Director and Brand Strategist, KK Design Thinking
Joshua KirrinkolBoard of Directors, Africa Conservation Fund- US (ACC-US)
Nathalie KohenSenior Program Manager, 92nd Street Y
Jens KohlerCEO, Urgent Beauty Squad
Margaret KoliPartnerships and Corporate Affairs, Human Needs Project
Kathleen KrullProgram Director, Play On, Philly!
Christopher LangstaffSoftware Development Lead, Thetus Corporation
Todd LangstaffAccount Management, Foote, Cone and Belding (FCB) Chicago
Cara LeckeyResearch Physicist, NASA Langley Research Center
Alex LeoHead of Audience Development, Yahoo
Ted LevinsonSenior Director, Social Enterprise Lending, RSF Social Finance
Erin LewellenCOO, Global Citizen Year
Daniel LippmanReporter/Researcher, Politico
Phyllis LockettCEO, LEAP Innovations
Josue Lopez CalderonCo-Founder, The Baseball Foundation
Milton LoreInnovation Enterprise Enthusiast, On Sabbatical
Catherine MaloneProgram Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ryan ManionPresident, Travis Manion Foundation
Julissa MarencoAssistant Bureau Chief, Federal Communications Commission
Mariela MartinezSenior Project Manager, Global Cities Initiative, The Brookings Institution
Hamed MasriManaging Director, Sequence Labs
Ian McDonaldAdjunct Professor, Loyola Marymount University
Sean McIntoshForeign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Laura MeiliDirector of Content Design, Leading Educators
Milton MendezParalegal, Donald Kaufman, Attorney at Law
Jason MilliskiSenior Officer, Regional Accounting and Operations, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Dave MullaneyAssociate, Rocky Mountain Institute
Matthew MunozCo-Founder and Chief Design Officer, New Kind
Jennifer Ng’anduProgram Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Hasher NisarStudent Advisor, Pearson
Teryn NorrisSpecial Advisor, US Department of Energy
Corey O’HaraFounder, Via Gusta
Fred PatrickDirector, Center on Sentencing and Corrections, Vera Institute of Justice
Angelica Perez-LitwinFounder and CEO, LATINAS THINK BIG
Sabeen PerwaizProject Manager, JAX Chamber
Cheryl PetersonPrograms Director, McIntosh S.E.E.D.
Marc PhilpartDirector, PolicyLink
Tony PigfordStudent Voice and Leadership Coordinator, Denver Public Schools
Neel PrabhuManaging Partner, PureBit, Inc.
Trisha PrabhuFounder, ReThink
Courtney RadschAdvocacy Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Dara Richardson-HeronCEO, YWCA USA
Jonathan RobinsonSenior Program Officer, Kauffman Foundation
Jen RuppmannAssistant Director, Programming, PBS
Kelly RyanPresident and CEO, Incourage Community Foundation
Zoe SchlagFounder and Executive Director, UnLtd USA
Lia SeremetisSenior Associate, DC Bike Party
Mark ShamleyPresident and CEO, ACCP
Trabian ShortersCEO, BMe Community
Thang Khan Sian KhaiStudent, Colorado Mountain College
Ben SimonCo-Founder and CEO, Imperfect
Jamil SmithSenior Editor, The New Republic
Heather SmithStaff Writer, Grist.org
Sarayu SrinivasanFounder and CEO, Kaargo
Danielle SteelBrand and Social Media Manager, Genworth
Paul StoryActor/Writer/Director, USC NAI Theatre Workshop
Katy StoverResearch to Practice, Project Manager, Pearson
Tracy StrausArtistic Director, Celebrate The Beat
Eva SuterPlaywright, Theatre Masters
Tammy TaiVice President and Chief Mission Officer, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Khalil TawilStudent, Yale Law School
Kelli TaylorCo-Founder, Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
Amir TehraniManaging Director, 7C Partners
Rahiel TesfamariamFounder and Publisher, Urban Cusp
Matthew TilleardManaging Partner, CrossBoundary
Stephanie ValenciaDeputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce
Brooke Van RoekelDirector Audience Engagement, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Julie WenahCounselor and Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration
Charles WestDirector, City of New Orleans Innovation Delivery Team
Daniel WetzelSenior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute
Cathy WilliamsDirector of Youcubed, Youcubed, Stanford University
Pam WoolleyCommander, 26th Cyberspace Operations Group
Paula YatesDirector, Strategic Partnerships, Chicago Public Schools 

Julia YoungGallery Manager & Exhibition Coordinator, Transformer
Ritchie ZahPolice Officer 2, Aspen Police Department

Arthur Vining Davis Fellows

Parvez AhmedAssociate Professor of Finance, University of North Florida
Abdullah AntelpiChief Representative of Muslim Affairs, Duke University
Mialisa BontaCEO, Literacy Lab
Rebecca ChoppChancellor, University of Denver
Ann ClarkSchool District Superintendent, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Jack DonahueFaculty Chair, MPP Program, Harvard Kennedy School
Kevin DonovanCEO, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Bhumika GandhiAssistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Gregory GiornelliPresident and Chief Operating Officer, Purpose Built Communities
Lillian GiornelliExecutive Director, CF Foundation
Wesley HallEducational Consultant, Los Angeles Unified School District
Happy HaynesBoard President, Denver Public Schools
Kimberly JacksonReverend, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Serene JonesPresident, Union Theological Seminary
Nathan KennedyNatural Resource Economist, Independent Consultant
Mary MarcyPresident, Dominican University of California
Chris McCainDirector of Strategic Partnerships, Forum for Theological Exploration
Audrey MoranSenior Vice President, Social Responsibility, Baptist Health
Maggie PaxDirector, Integration Planning, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Jan RizzutiProfessor of Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Dominican University of California
Dena SimmonsAssociate Director of School Initiatives, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Kenji SummersFounder, Passport Life
Natasha UshomirskySenior Data and Policy Analyst, The Education Trust
David WhiteStudent, Harvard Law School
Kenita WilliamsPartnerships Manager, Atlanta Public Schools
John WilsonPresident, Morehouse College
Wenying XuProvost, Jacksonville University
Annie YinCorps Member, Teach for America

Spotlight Health Scholars

Jamila AbassCEO and Co-Founder, MFarm Ltd
David AdamaCoordinator, Public Financing for Agriculture, ActionAid International
David AdlerProgram Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Jarrad AguirreMD/ MBA Candidate, Stanford University (Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Recipient)
Kayce AndersonExecutive Director, For the Good Period
Rose AndersonService Designer, Mayo Clinic
Meredith AronsonSenior Fellow, Strategic Partnerships and Communications, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports 
and Nutrition
Andrew BarbourResearch Associate, Medical University of South Carolina
Amir BarsoumCEO, DrBridge
Jessie BeckerCo-Founder and CEO, InPress Technologies
Atta BehfarTransplant Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic
Jason BelletCo-Founder and CEO, Eko Devices
Andre BlackmanChief Strategist, Pulse + Signal
Michael CanniffSenior Director of Real Estate, Ascension Health
Roberta CappAssistant Professor, University of Colorado
Nicholas ChiaSenior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic
Karan ChopraCo-Founder and Board Member, GADCO Coöperatief U.A.
Molly ChristiansenDirector, Advocacy and Impact, Living Goods
Zen ChuFaculty Director, MIT Healthcare Ventures, Accelerated Medical Ventures
Tyler CrouchCo-Founder and CEO, Eko Devices
ElsaMarie DSilvaManaging Director and Co-Founder, Safecity
Edith ElliottCo-Founder and CEO, Noora Health
Diane EppersonLead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Justin FeinsteinClinical Neuropsychologist, Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Brandi FreemanPediatrician, University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus
Joaquin GallegosProfessional Research Assistant, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Emmy GanosProgram Associate, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Sallie GeorgeProgram Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Shikoh GitauTechnology and Innovation Lead, African Development Bank
Allison GoldbergDirector of Global Corporate Affairs, Anheuser-Busch InBev
Gloria GonzalezAssociate Chief Officer for Strategic Partnerships, Outreach, and Policy, National Institutes of Health
Matthew GoodwinInterdisciplinary Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
Tom GronowChief Operating Officer, University of Colorado Hospital
Adrian HaroDirector of Strategic Initiatives, Autism Speaks
Max HodakFounder, Transcriptic
Jeanne IrelandPrincipal, Ireland Strategies, LLC
Michael JohnsonPostdoctoral Fellow, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Katina Rojas JoyFounder and CEO, K Joy Global Consulting
Jason KaneReporter-Producer, “PBS NewsHour”
Evonne Kaplan-LissAssociate Professor, Stony Brook Medicine/Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Gregory KarelasOperations Director, Health Builders
Samuel KargboDirector, Health Systems, Policy, Planning, and Information, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone
Rubayat KhanChief Innovation Officer, mPower Social Enterprises
Sahil KhannaAssistant Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic
Sarah KliffSenior Editor, Vox
Emi KolawoleEditor in Residence, Stanford d.school
David KuriaCEO, Ecotact
Connor LandgrafCo-Founder and CEO, Eko Devices
Nathan LeBrasseurAssociate Professor, Mayo Clinic
Abraham LenoCountry Director, American Refugee Committee
Anna LevinePresident, Born Free Africa
Robert LottDeputy Editor, Health Affairs
Migdalia Loyola MeléndezDirector of Education and Outreach, Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
Kopano MabasoDPhil Student, Oxford University
Duncan MacCannellChief Science Officer, Office of Advanced Molecular Detection, Center for Disease Control 
and Prevention
Ann MassDoctor, Aspen Internal Medical Consultance
David MilestoneSenior Advisor, USAID
Relebohile MoletsaneProfessor and JL Dube Chair in Rural Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Teresa MozurCommunications Associate, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Mwihaki Kimura MuraguriSenior Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation
Bryan Murphy-EustisDirector of Operations, West Africa, Partners In Health
Comfort MussaFreelance Journalist
Silvester MwanzaCounsellor, Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations
Emma NaluyimaFarmer, Entebbe Animal Care Centre LTD
Esther NgumbiPost Doctoral Researcher, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
Leisha NolenEpidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Henry NyombiExecutive Director, Youth with Physical Disability Development Forum
Tara OakmanSenior Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Tessie OctoberCritical Care Physician, Children’s National Health System
Emma PalmerVice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, Mount Sinai Health System
Amparo Estefanía PalominoFellow, Global Health Corps
Jason PandaCEO, B Holding Group, LLC
Maria Nunes PereiraHead of Research, Gecko Biomedical
Ling Ling PhungGlobal Lean Innovation, Unilever
Christopher PorterAssociate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Lane RasberryWikipedian in Residence, Consumer Reports
Sebastian ReaContent Operations Manager, Tribeca Enterprises (Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Recipient)
Lauren ReesCommunications Specialist, American Medical Association
Misan RewaneCEO, West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)
Joseph SafdiehAssociate Professor of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Roman SalasznykSenior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Arlene SamenPresident, One Heart World Wide
Rubi SanchezCEO, Cocoon Cam/Wearless Tech Inc. (Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Recipient)
Margot Sanger-KatzHealth Care Correspondent, The New York Times
Celina SchockenPrincipal, Advance Global Health
Serufusa SekiddeConsultant, Oxford Policy Management
Sona SharmaJoint Director- Advocacy and Communication, Population Foundation of India
Lindiwe SibandaCEO and Head of Mission, Food Agriculture Natural Resources Policy Network (FANRPAN)
Ginger SkinnerAssociate Editor, Best Buy Drugs, Consumer Reports
Jason StonebackOrthopedic Trauma Surgeon, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Lillian SuMedical Director, Board of Visitors Simulation Program, Children’s National Health System
Carol SuhHealthcare Consultant, Trinity Partners
Kusum ThapaANE Regional Technical Advisor, Jhpiego
Maureen ToweyCreative Director, Sojourn Theater
Pelu TranCo-Founder, President, and Chief Customer Officer, Augmedix
Joel VillegasCEO, National Hispanic Life Sciences Society (Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Recipient)
Vlad Vasile VoiculescuVice President, European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)
Kenneth WeissJournalist, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Marcee WhiteMedical Director, Mobile Health Programs, Children’s National Health System
Ann WilcoxExecutive Director, Calaway Young Cancer Center, Valley View Hospital
Elisabeth WilhelmAdvocacy and Communications Officer, Global Health Corps Fellow, PATH Zambia
Topher WilkinsCEO, Opportunity Collaboration
Kim Doyle WilleFounder and Executive Director, Growing Food Forward
Nicholas WooAcademic Director, Highbridge Voices
Dana WoodLiveWell Garfield County Coordinator, Garfield County Public Health, Colorado
Timothy WoodwardPhysician and Novelist, Mayo Clinic