Christian Hartranft

Christian Hartranft

Special Assistant to the President, The Aspen Institute

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

Christian serves as Special Assistant to Aspen Institute president and CEO Dan Porterfield. He manages communications, operations, special projects, and new initiatives in the Office of the President. He previously worked in the Office of the President at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 2013-2017 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 helped to launch the American Talent Initiative—an alliance of 100+ top colleges and universities supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Aspen Institute, and Ithaka S+R, committed to addressing the national challenge of the chronic underrepresentation of lower-income students in higher education.

Christian has worked previously in a variety of capacities to create opportunity for lower-income and immigrant communities, including with clients facing criminal charges 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 research on the right to counsel for asylum seekers in the United States. 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 earned a master’s degree in education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and completed his bachelor’s degree in Government at Franklin & Marshall College.