Silbi Kelly Stainton serves as the Deputy Director for the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows. She curates programming for and supports the cultivation and stewardship of this important constituency of the Aspen Institute. She is the founder of both the Marshall Direct Fund, a nonprofit empowering women and children in Pakistan via education and economic opportunities, as well as Her Own Two Feet, a social enterprise linking women entrepreneurs in conflict countries to the global market. Stainton earned a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School in 2002 where she cross enrolled at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government taking courses in asymmetric threats to international security and leadership. Her thesis, which began prior to 9/11, focused on the U.S. management of the war on terror. She holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado where she majored in international affairs and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 1998 also focusing on counter-terrorism. She is mother to two children and enjoys spending free time with her family mountaineering, skiing, camping, and travelling across the globe.