Jonathan Melgaard has served as a program associate with the Aspen Ideas Festival and the Aspen Institute’s Public Programs since February 2018, having previously worked with the Institute’s Society of Fellows team. Jon holds a Bachelor of Science from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, with focuses in Nonprofit and Entrepreneurial management. He also holds an Associates of Applied Sciences in Digital Media Production from the Isaacson School of New Media at Colorado Mountain College. Prior to joining the Institute, Jon served as a Fellow at a private family foundation in Fargo, North Dakota where he managed one of the nation’s largest youth grantmaking programs and worked as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Fargo-based philanthropist and current Governor of North Dakota, Doug Burgum. An avid hiker, traveler, and former collegiate springboard diver, Jon is always up for an adventure and enjoys living in the heart of Colorado’s mountains.