Maribel Duran is the Chief of Staff for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership Division and the organization’s first Managing Director on Equity and Inclusion. As Chief of Staff, Maribel oversees the administrative, management, and financial functions for a Division with approximately 60 employees and a $25M budget; leads its people and culture efforts; and ensures operational and individual alignment and execution to strategic priorities. The Division is comprised of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a community of 14 global fellowships with more than 3,000 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sectors in more than 50 countries; the Youth Leadership Programs, Executive Leadership Seminars, Weave: the Social Fabric Project, the Office of Curriculum and Moderators and the Office of Operations and Strategic Initiatives. As Managing Director, Maribel helps advance the Institute’s commitment to be an anti-racist organization through its practices, policies, culture and people efforts, and helps lead the Task Force on Equity and Inclusion.
Maribel first joined the Institute in 2017 as Assistant Director for Strategy and Operations with the Education & Society Policy Program leading its operations, financial, people, culture, and administrative functions, and helped lead the strategy development and continuous improvement and alignment of the program’s programmatic and K-12 policy efforts. From 2018-2019, Maribel served as the co-chair of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.
Previously, Maribel served eight years under the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2009, she joined former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary. Later, she served as Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, informing the Administration’s P-20 policy and programmatic efforts on behalf of the nation’s Latino students and families, including helping to secure over 150 private-and-public sector commitments with a collective investment of over $335 million to build on and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education for the nation’s Hispanic community, and launching the Federal Interagency Working Group to strengthen and align federal policy efforts with local initiatives. Maribel also served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, member of the White House Council on Women and Girls Federal Taskforce and the Education Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.
Maribel began her career at the Chicago Public Schools helping to advance the nation’s third-largest school district’s mission of providing a high-quality education to the city’s children. She holds a bachelor of English Language and Literature magna cum laude and an honorary doctorate in education from Southern New Hampshire University. Maribel is the first Latina board trustee at Southern New Hampshire University and a board member for the Institute on Educational Leadership. She serves on the Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Committee and the Standards and Policy Committees at the Aspen Institute. She is a New America and the Diversity in National Security Network’s 2020 Latino National Security and Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader, a 2020 Center for American Progress U.S.-Mexico Leaders Initiative Member, a University of Denver and the Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program Fellow, honored as a 40 under 40 Leader by the Leadership Center for Excellence, and has been featured in national conferences, including a Ted Talk, for her continued commitment to diversity, gender and education equity, and social justice.