The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program Announces the Second Cohort of Economic Mobility Fellows

July 1, 2024

The group of 14 leaders from major corporations including Meta, McDonald’s and Capital One will develop projects that drive economic opportunity and mobility in the US.

Contact: Keith Schumann
Communications Manager
Aspen Institute Business & Society Program

New York, NY, July 1st — Today, the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program launches the second cohort of its Economic Mobility Fellowship, welcoming 14 Fellows from major corporations committed to advancing the role of business in expanding economic mobility in America.

“We are so excited to announce the next class of change-makers in business who are focused on economic inequality—one of the greatest challenges of our time,” said Jaime Bettcher, Director of the Economic Mobility Fellowship. “Companies are recognizing the risks that lie in growing inequality and are taking innovative approaches — and leveraging the scale and skill of the private sector — to create opportunity for people and their business.”

The cohort announced today embarks on a year-long Fellowship in which each Fellow will scale and optimize an innovative project within their company that promotes economic stability and opportunity for low-income individuals and families in the U.S. The Economic Mobility Fellowship offers participants a supportive network of collaborators as well as the skills, tools and coaching to lead change in large, complex, for-profit institutions. Made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ballmer Group, the Fellowship aims to contribute to a growing body of knowledge on how corporate practice can support greater economic mobility.

The 2024 Economic Mobility Fellows are:

  • Kate Allison – Executive Director, Research & Digital Equity at Comcast
  • Alexandra Almore-Díaz – Director at Apollo Global Management
  • Nicole Amaral – Principal Solutions Consultant at Coursera
  • Efrem Bycer – Senior Lead Manager, Public Policy & Economic Graph at LinkedIn
  • Marcus Felder – Principal & Head of Strategic Hiring Programs at Blackstone
  • Andrew Gossett – Director Global Workforce Strategy at Workday
  • Stacey Houston – Senior Product Manager at Meta
  • Tom McCormick – Senior Director at Capital One
  • Jordan Medina – Senior Manager, Social Innovation at PayPal
  • Alejandra Ruales – Lead Product Manager at Spruce by H&R Block
  • Amy Silverstein – Partner at Entrepreneurial Equity Partners
  • Kristen Starr – Engineering Director at Indeed
  • Monica Tijerina – Senior Director, Social Impact at McDonald’s
  • Melina Wyatt – Senior Manager, Enabling Opportunity & Social Impact at Gap Inc.

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute Business and Society Program (Aspen BSP), founded in 1998, works with business executives and scholars to align business decisions and investments with the long-term health of society—and the planet. Through carefully designed networks, working groups and focused dialogue, the Program identifies and inspires thought leaders and “intrapreneurs” to challenge conventional ideas about capitalism and markets, to test new measures of business success and to connect classroom theory and business practice. The Business and Society Program is most known for the First Movers Fellowship, for dialogue on curbing short-termism in business and capital markets, and for fresh thinking about the Purpose of the corporation. For more information, visit

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