Haywood Perry is a program associate for the Youth & Engagement programs at the Aspen Institute. Haywood is primarily responsible for managing the development and launch of a youth commission to include the youth voice around social, emotional, and academic learning. Haywood will also serve as the division’s liaison to the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development.
Prior to the Aspen Institute, Haywood was based in Chennai, India, serving as a Senior Analyst of the real estate development firm Crest Ventures. Haywood also previously served as a Program Manager at the African Youth Development Fund in Johannesburg, South Africa; as a Partnership Development Manager for the Wharton Social Impact Initiative; and as a Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize Fellow, where he conducted due diligence review of social sector organizations applying for an annual global prize that has grown to $250,000.
While serving as a White House intern, Haywood supported the Office of Social Innovation & Civic Participation’s policy work in impact investing, nonprofit access to capital, cross-sector leadership, evidence-based innovation, and national volunteerism. As a Global Philanthropy Summer Analyst at JPMorgan Chase, Haywood supported the launch of The Fellowship Initiative, a multi-year professional & academic enrichment program serving a cohort of New York City public high school young men of color.
Born in Washington, DC, Haywood’s first foray into policy was as a congressional intern to US Senator Paul Sarbanes and as the elected Student Board Member on the Prince George’s County Board of Education. Haywood is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies. His thesis, The Audacity of Philanthropic Capital, is a case study examining the Annenberg Challenge’s impact on systemic education reform in the Philadelphia School District. He is currently enrolled in Yale University’s Master of Divinity degree program.