Christian Hartranft

Christian Hartranft

Special Assistant to the President, The Aspen Institute

Christian serves as Special Assistant to the President at the Aspen Institute. He manages communications, operations, special projects, and new initiatives in the Office of the President.

From 2013-2017, Christian worked in the Office of the President at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where his responsibilities included supporting the College’s strategic efforts to recruit, finance, educate, and launch substantially more students from lower-income backgrounds; integrating and coordinating the work of the College’s advancement, admissions, and communications offices in support of institutional priorities; and managing the president’s public voice and strategic communications. He also served on the team that launched the American Talent Initiative—an alliance of more than 100 top colleges and universities supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute, and Ithaka S+R, committed to addressing the national challenge of the underrepresentation of lower-income students in higher education.

Christian has worked previously in a variety of capacities to create opportunity for lower-income, immigrant, and other historically marginalized communities—including with clients seeking public legal assistance in his home state of Delaware and with families completing state and federal income taxes in Lancaster. As an undergraduate, he conducted faculty-directed research on the right to legal counsel for asylum seekers in the United States, and, in graduate school, he helped to co-found the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Rural Educators Alliance which advocates for the inclusion of rural experience, narrative, and policy across HGSE’s curriculum. He currently serves on the Young Friends Board of KIPP Philadelphia, a region of the national KIPP network of high-performing public charter schools.

Christian holds a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Franklin & Marshall College.