Ana Rossetti (she/ella) serves as Director with the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship at The Aspen Institute. AYLF nurtures cohorts of diverse, young, community-focused leaders through a five-year program that cultivates leadership development, civic engagement, and workforce readiness while mitigating barriers to success. AYLF Fellows apply their capacity both individually and collectively to address the most compelling issues in their communities while they develop workforce skills and receive support for college degree completion and job placement.
Prior to joining Aspen, Ana spent nearly 18 years in higher education, primarily serving non-traditional and underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students with a focus on co-curricular experiences that developed students’ capacity, efficacy, and honed their skills and knowledge for academic and career success.
Ana earned her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University with a double major in international affairs and anthropology and holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Loyola University Chicago. Ana has co-authored publications on cross-cultural leadership development, authentic leadership, and student success, and has presented extensively at regional and national conferences. She has also taught undergraduate courses on leadership theory through a critical social theory lens. Ana is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania where her research aims to contribute to our understanding of the leadership development experiences of youth of color and to encourage the development of culturally responsive youth leadership development.
As a multiethnic and multiracial immigrant to the United States, Ana’s point of view is drawn from her diverse cultural and ethnic background and experiences living in five different countries, where she learned to speak five languages, and from the diverse communities where she was raised in the U.S. Ana, her husband, and their children live in the Chicago area. In her leisure time Ana enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, art, theater, and adventurous dining.