Christian Hightower is a forward thinking, innovative education professional who seeks ways to inspire and maximize the development of others while creating sustainable solutions to complex problems that result in personal and group excellence.
Christian joins the Aspen Institute as the Program Associate for the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship. Prior to arriving at the Aspen Institute, Christian worked in both nonprofit and higher education settings most recently transitioning from his role as Assistant Director for Student Leadership Development at Kent State University. In this role, Christian developed and managed an extensive portfolio of leadership programs geared towards enhancing students’ leadership knowledge, skills, and capacities. Through this role, he led the development of the Kent State Leadership Center and created a campus-wide, co-curricular framework that informs leadership education and programming. Christian also previously participated in a national year of service through AmeriCorps VISTA in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as the Recruitment and Partnership Coordinator for The Steppingstone Foundation, a non-profit organization that implements programs to prepare underserved students for educational opportunities that lead to college success. Christian received a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. in Public Administration from Miami University (OH).
He was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, and in his free time he enjoys reading, traveling, working out, visiting art museums and other creative spaces, and playing with his dog Sasha.