Lorelle Atkinson is the managing director of communications and marketing at the Aspen Institute. She leads the team’s strategic and editorial direction and oversees the department’s daily operations to ensure resources align with the Institute’s priorities and goals. Lorelle also leads communications for the Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy (APIE), the Institute’s first enterprise-wide initiative, launched in collaboration with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. Through APIE, she works closely with programs across the Institute to integrate and elevate Aspen’s work to address systemic inequality, reconstructing a global economy that drives greater security, opportunity, and resiliency for everyone, everywhere.
Lorelle most recently served as a consultant helping mission-oriented and high impact clients build and elevate their brands. Her clients have included civil rights advocacy organizations and international development implementers. Prior to that, she spent seven years at the at the Millennium Challenge Corporation during the Obama Administration, overseeing all external and internal communications. She oversaw the creation of the agency’s Digital First strategy, managed rollouts of agency and Administration initiatives on a broad range of foreign policy and development issues, and was a member of the management committee which oversaw the approval of $1 billion worth of annual program investments around the world.
Throughout her career, Lorelle has served in leadership roles at domestic and foreign policy organizations, passionately building, growing, and leading diverse and creative teams. A Texas native, she currently lives in northern Virginia and sits on the Board of Directors for Washington Women in Public Relations.