Society of Fellows


Extraordinary Ideas, Extraordinary Access

The Society of Fellows is an engaged community of supporters who actively participate in the Aspen Institute’s programs, act as advocates and ambassadors, and help sustain the Institute’s mission. Founded in 1964, the Society of Fellows program provides important unrestricted support that advances all facets of the Institute’s work. Fellows understand the importance of fostering leadership based on values, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and promoting civil dialogue on the important issues of the day.

The Society of Fellows extends across geographies and generations with programming in San Francisco, New York, Washington, DC, Aspen, and elsewhere.



Fellows Are the First to Know

The Society of Fellows Team is committed to ensuring members are informed of the Institute’s work, are aware of opportunities to engage in events, and understand the importance of their support to our growth and success. Society of Fellows are sent regular newsletters and event invitations, and can register for programs using an exclusive Society of Fellows Reservations Hotline.

Read more below about regional opportunities available to members of the Society of Fellows, or explore our membership levels  and extraordinary group of current participants.

If you wish to learn more or join the Society of Fellows, please contact Director Peter Waanders at (970) 925-7010 or

If you wish to learn more about becoming a member of this longstanding and remarkable cohort, read more about our programs and experiences here.