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Civic Action

The Aspen Challenge: Chicago | Competition

Eight weeks ago, The Kitchen Community chief of staff Joan Haug, scientist, 2015 Ted Fellow, and White House Champion of Change in STEM Diversity and Access Danielle Lee, Chicago Police Department Special Advisor for Community Affairs Robin Robinson, Cease Fire Illinois Program Manager Chico Tillmon, and A.M Money Co-founder and CEO Daniel Rogers issued challenges to 160 Chicago public and charter high school students. On Thursday, April 6, Aspen Challenge teams representing 20 Chicago public and charter high schools will present their solutions to a panel of eight judges for a chance to present at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, CO this summer.


  • Ashley Tate-Gilmore, founder and Managing Partner, Ashland Jackson Brand
  • Leslie Pappas, Executive Director, Common Ground Foundation
  • Lauren McCadney Williams, Director of Marketing Delivery, CDW
  • Sona Jones, Director of Marketing and Media, Chicago Ideas
  • Shayen Evans, founder and Managing Partner, The Academy Group
  • Nick Davis, Posse Scholar, Northwestern University
  • Brian Brady, President, Mikva Challenge
  • Sally Armbuster, Advisor, The Obama Foundation


  • Shawn L. Jackson, Chief of Leadership and Learning, Chicago Public Schools
  • Tre Maxie, Division Director, Youth & Engagement Programs
Event information
Thu Apr 6, 2017
8:15am - 5:30pm CDT
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Chicago, IL