Our team

The Aspen Forum on Women and Girls is hosted by Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Global Innovators Group, two policy programs of the Aspen Institute. The Forum is led by Anne Mosle and Peggy Clark, Vice Presidents of the Aspen Institute, with support from the Ascend and Global Innovators Group teams. 

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children, women, and families to educational success, economic security, and health and well-being. Ascend takes a two-generation approach to its work - focusing on children and their parents together - and brings a gender and racial lens to its analysis. 

Learn more: ascend.aspeninstitute.org

Anne Mosle is a vice president at the Aspen Institute and founder and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute. With more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, policy, and practice, Mosle is a nationally recognized leader in bringing those sectors together to build pathways to opportunity for children, women, and families with low incomes. Under her leadership, Ascend at the Aspen Institute has guided the national two-generation field to new heights and catalyzed action and investments for children and families around the world. Mosle brings a wealth of knowledge across early childhood, social capital, education, and employment for parents and family health and well-being. Prior to the Aspen Institute, Mosle served as a vice president and executive officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), where she served on the executive council, and oversaw $140 million in annual investments. An innovator in the women’s philanthropic movement, she served as the president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, spearheading seven years of record growth and driving a national effort to elevate the role of women philanthropists in communities. Mosle has achieved numerous awards including Washingtonian of the Year, APHSA's 2017 Jerry W. Friedman Health and Human Services Impact Award, and Visionary Philanthropist.

Marjorie Sims  has more than 20 years of experience in advancing the status of women and families at local, state, national, and international levels. She formerly served as program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with a specific focus on family economic security programs and managed a $65M grant portfolio. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, Sims held the positions of chief operating officer, interim president, and vice president of programs and operations at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. During her tenure in Washington, Sims helped launch Stepping Stones, a $5 million, multi-year, regional initiative to increase the income and assets of women-headed families. Stepping Stones received national recognition as a model public-private partnership. In addition, Sims served as the executive director of the California Women’s Law Center and as a policy analyst with the International Center for Research on Women. She is a co-founder of Women’s Policy, Inc., an organization that emerged from the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues to provide unbiased analyses and educational briefings about federal legislation affecting women and families. Sims has additional expertise in expanding women’s philanthropy and managing leadership transitions.

Marjorie Sims has more than 20 years of experience in advancing the status of women and families at local, state, national, and international levels. She formerly served as program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with a specific focus on family economic security programs and managed a $65M grant portfolio. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, Sims held the positions of chief operating officer, interim president, and vice president of programs and operations at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. During her tenure in Washington, Sims helped launch Stepping Stones, a $5 million, multi-year, regional initiative to increase the income and assets of women-headed families. Stepping Stones received national recognition as a model public-private partnership. In addition, Sims served as the executive director of the California Women’s Law Center and as a policy analyst with the International Center for Research on Women. She is a co-founder of Women’s Policy, Inc., an organization that emerged from the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues to provide unbiased analyses and educational briefings about federal legislation affecting women and families. Sims has additional expertise in expanding women’s philanthropy and managing leadership transitions.

The Aspen Global Innovators Group widens access to health and prosperity for people living at the world's margins. Its network of innovators brings overlooked challenges into plain sight, then creates programs, policies, and partnerships to address them. Breakthrough programs include the New Voices Fellowship, AMP Health, the Artisan Alliance, and Spotlight Health.

Learn more: aspenglobalinnovators.org

Peggy Clark is Vice President of Policy Programs and Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group. Peggy has had a 30-year career working on issues of poverty alleviation, global health, social enterprise, and development finance. Serving in founding and leadership roles at the Aspen Institute, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children, Realizing Rights, and on boards including Root Capital, Last Mile Health, Impact Assets, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance and the Calvert Foundation, Peggy has been a leading figure in identifying and building industries, movements, and creative advocacy on key issues of our times. Peggy received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise from President Bill Clinton, and was instrumental in passage of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the Ethical Recruitment of Health Workers.  Currently, Peggy directs a portfolio of programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development in the areas of health innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship. Previously, Peggy served as the Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute, co-founder and Managing Director of Realizing Rights, Chair of the Women’s Program Forum at the Ford Foundation, and as the first Director of Small Scale Enterprise and Credit at Save the Children Federation.

Katie Drasser  is Managing Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group. At the Aspen Institute, she leads global efforts to address poverty alleviation, human rights, and social justice. Drasser has worked nationally and around the world on initiatives including HIV/AIDS treatment strategies in Romania, private health services delivery in Myanmar, and the scale up of Kenya’s national emergency medical system. She also spent time building a range of start-ups, designing a network of charter schools, and developing Good Capital, a venture fund that invests millions in social enterprises like The Hub Bay Area and the Social Capital Markets Conference.

Katie Drasser is Managing Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group. At the Aspen Institute, she leads global efforts to address poverty alleviation, human rights, and social justice. Drasser has worked nationally and around the world on initiatives including HIV/AIDS treatment strategies in Romania, private health services delivery in Myanmar, and the scale up of Kenya’s national emergency medical system. She also spent time building a range of start-ups, designing a network of charter schools, and developing Good Capital, a venture fund that invests millions in social enterprises like The Hub Bay Area and the Social Capital Markets Conference.