James White is a program associate for leadership and communications at Ascend at the Aspen Institute. The Aspen Institute’s mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan forum for dealing with key issues. Ascend is a policy program of the Institute and the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move families toward educational success, economic security, and health and well-being.
At Ascend, James supports the national Ascend Fellowship and Colorado Children and Families Health and Human Services Fellowship and Ascend’s strategic communications efforts. Prior to joining Ascend, he supported a portfolio of programming dedicated to elevating youth voice within the Aspen Institute and beyond and led the team’s strategic communications efforts.
Prior to joining the Institute, James worked as a public relations intern at Time Inc., where he supported brand communications efforts across a portfolio of brands including TIME, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. The New Orleans native earned a B.S. in Communication with concentrations in Persuasion and Social Influence and Media Studies from Cornell University in 2016.