Silbi Kelly Stainton is the East Regional Director of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
In her role, she builds philanthropic and intellectual partnerships that are critical to the mission of the Aspen Institute. She engages the Institute’s most vital constituency for unrestricted giving through the curation of programming on topics in international security, economics, the justice system, the arts, science, technology, and leadership. Connecting the great minds of the Society of Fellows and its speakers to great ideas and action is the hallmark of her team’s work. In her former position as deputy director, she expanded the investments made by the Society of Fellows in the Institute’s mission by more than 20 percent and helped launch and design high quality programming in Aspen, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Prior to her role with the Aspen Institute, she served as the founder and executive director of Marshall Direct Fund, an NGO empowering women and children in Pakistan via education and economic opportunities, and on the international business development team for Bechtel. Stainton earned a Master’s in Law and Diplomacy with a focus on counter terrorism from the Fletcher School where she cross enrolled at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government taking courses in asymmetric threats to international security and leadership. 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. Stainton is the proud mother to two teenagers and enjoys spending free time with her family exploring new cultures and the great outdoors.