Economic Opportunities Program

Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) is a policy program at the Aspen Institute. Its primary mission is to advance promising strategies and policies to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s dynamic economy. Over its more than 20 years of work, EOP has focused on expanding individuals’ opportunities – to develop their skills and capabilities, to build professional networks and connect to quality work, to start businesses, and to build assets and economic stability.

EOP staff work closely with national and local leaders – practitioners, policy makers, employers, thought leaders and advocates – to illuminate and encourage policies and practices with the potential to help lower-income Americans succeed in today’s economy. EOP has particular expertise in workforce training and education, microenterprise development and business ownership, and financial services and asset building. To support these fields, EOP staff conduct evaluations and applied research to learn what works and document it; facilitate leadership development and capacity-building opportunities; and communicate related issues and promising approaches to broad and diverse audiences.