Eddy Angélica Encinales is a Senior Program Associate at the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program. In this role, she supports the program’s emerging initiative around Latino entrepreneurs and the business ecosystems that ensure their ventures can grow and prosper. Previously, Eddy served as a Program Associate for Operations and Policy at Ascend at the Aspen Institute where she managed the program’s internal systems and supported policy initiatives that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security.
Prior to working at the Aspen Institute, Eddy served as the special projects manager at Opportunity Nation, a national campaign working to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America. In this capacity, she supported the Executive Director in her daily operations and fundraising, in addition to leading the organization’s youth leadership program. Previously, Eddy worked as an administrative assistant for Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey, a community organization in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey; and as a brand representative for the New York Red Bulls.
Eddy was born in Colombia and moved to New Jersey as a child. Her experience as a Latina in the United States in an important part of her identity and has made her passionate about bringing an equity lens to everything she does, especially to her work and workplace. She is a proud member of the Aspen Institute’s Task Force on Equity and Inclusion, which is examining institutional policies and issuing recommendations on how to improve them with equity lens. She is also a founding co-chair of the Aspen Institute Women of Color Employee Affinity Group.
Eddy graduated from New York University (NYU) in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. She is also a proud Ricardo Salinas Scholar and a former member of the National Youth Advisory Bord at Young Invincibles. In her free time, Eddy likes to read, travel, and loves watching K-dramas and the Great British Baking Show.