US Economy

Participants – 2016 Economic Security Summit

October 18, 2016  • Economic Opportunities Program & Financial Security Program

With the support of Prudential and the Ford Foundation, the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program and Economic Opportunities Program convened the 2016 Economic Security Summit: Reconnecting Work and Wealth. The Summit brought together forty of the nation’s top thinkers to grapple with the cross-cutting issues of equity, inclusion, mobility, growth, and opportunity. The cross-sector dialogues at the Summit engaged dynamic thought leaders in industry, academia, government, policy, advocacy, journalism, and philanthropy. Participants included…


Dedrick Asante-Muhammad

Director of the Racial Wealth Divide Project at CFED. Dedrick’s responsibilities include strengthening CFED’s outreach, partnership with communities of color, and strengthening CFED’s racial wealth divide analysis in its work.


Jared Bernstein

A Senior Fellow at the CBPP and previously served as Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.


Ray Boshara

Senior Adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, where he also directs the Center for Household Financial Stability.


Maureen Conway

Serves as Vice President for Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute and as Executive Director of the Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program (EOP).


Mickey Edwards

Vice President of the Aspen Institute, where he directs a bipartisan fellowship for elected public officials.


Richard Eisenberg

Managing Editor of PBS’s, a site for Americans 50 and older. He is also the editor of the site’s Money & Security and Work & Purpose channel and a frequent blogger for the site.


Althea Erickson

Global policy director at Etsy, the marketplace for creative people to buy and sell unique goods.


Natalie Foster

An expert on the future of work, particularly as it relates to platform work and the gig economy. She is currently an adviser to the Aspen Future of Work Initiative, the Open Society Foundations, and a fellow at Institute for the Future and New America California.


Jason Furman

The 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Furman serves as president Obama’s chief economist and a Member of the Cabinet.


Julie Gehrki

Senior Director of the Walmart Foundation, where she leads the Grantmaking Team.


Stanley Greenberg

New York Times best-selling author and polling adviser to presidents, prime ministers and CEOs, and currently advises national leaders and their international campaigns.


Mark Greene

Director of Innovation and Product Development at SafetyNet – Payment Security Innovation Center, a division of CUNA Mutual Financial Group.


Jacob Hacker

A regular media commentator and policy adviser, Hacker is Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.


Shané Harris

Serves as Vice President of Corporate Giving, where she oversees all cash giving for Prudential’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.


Jamie Kalamarides

Head of Full Service Solutions and CEO of Prudential Bank & Trust, FSB, businesses within Prudential Retirement, a unit of Prudential Financial, Inc.


Sarah Keh

Director of corporate giving and of The Prudential Foundation within the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility at Prudential Financial, Inc.


Anne Kim

Senior Writer at the Washington Monthly and Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Financial Security Program. She served as the rapporteur of the 2015 Aspen Financial Security Summit and is reprising that role this year.


Joyce Klein

Director of the Aspen Institute Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD).


Gary Koenig

Vice President of financial security in AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). He leads a team of economists, attorneys, and policy experts who work on economic and consumer security issues.


Anne Lester

Managing director, portfolio manager, and Head of Retirement Solutions for J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s Global Investment Management Solutions.


David Madland

Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has written extensively on a range of topics, including the middle class, economic inequality, retirement policy, labor unions, and workplace standards.


Sheila Marcelo

Founded in 2006 and today, the public company is the world’s largest online care destination with more than 20.7 million members in 18 countries.


Heather McGhee

President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.


Greg Nelson

Recently joined Parker Media / Parker Foundation as Chief Operating Officer, focused on business operations and strategy.


Brenda Palms Barber

Executive Director of the North Lawndale Employment Network since its founding in 1999.


Secretary Thomas E. Perez

The nation’s 26th secretary of labor, he has dedicated his entire career to making good on the promise of opportunity for all.


Ramesh Ponnuru

Senior editor at National Review, where he has covered national politics and policy for 20 years. He is also a columnist for Bloomberg View, which syndicates his articles in newspapers across the nation.


Ida Rademacher

Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program.


Catherine Rampell

Opinion columnist at The Washington Post. She frequently covers economics, public policy, politics and culture, with a special emphasis on data-driven journalism.


Carmen Rojas

CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that invests in entrepreneurs, community organizers, and technologists to develop new ways to build power for working people in the US.


Rachel Schneider

Senior Vice President at CFSI. Under her leadership, CFSI produces independent, data-driven consumer and industry research and advice.


Damon Silvers

Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO. He joined the AFL-CIO as Associate General Counsel in 1997.


Jeremy Smith

Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program.


Saket Soni

Executive Director and co-founder of the National Guestworker Alliance and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.


Anne Stuhldreher

Director of Financial Justice in the Office of the Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco.


Ray Suarez

Most recently the host of the daily news program Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. Before that he was Chief National Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.


J.D. Vance

Principal at a leading Silicon Valley investment firm, and has contributed to the National Review and The New York Times and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and CNBC.


Anna Wadia

Part of the Ford Foundation’s Inclusive Economies team. Her grant making has focused on expanding access to unemployment insurance and ensuring that all workers earn a family-supporting wage and have access to paid sick days and paid family leave.


Dorian Warren

A scholar of inequality and American politics, Warren is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Board Chair of the Center for Community Change.