Nominate a Fellow


The Pahara-Aspen Fellows program seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high potential leaders who are reimagining public education. Using the time-tested Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, the program will provide participants with the perspectives necessary for effective, enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit and private sectors.


Each cohort of Pahara-Aspen Fellows will consist of 20-24 exceptional men and women who will undertake a program of advanced leadership seminars and leadership projects under the direction of experienced moderators. The program requires significant preparatory reading, 17 days onsite for four seminars over two years, and a leadership project. Participation will be without cost to participants or their organizations, exclusive of incidental expenses incurred.


The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship is looking for individuals who are exceptional leaders in the public, nonprofit and/or private sectors who have achieved significant success in creating or leading dynamic organizations aimed at improving public education for underserved communities. While the vast majority of our Fellows come directly from the education field, we recognize we work in a complicated ecosystem, therefore we are excited to include some leaders from related fields like community development, youth development, community organizing, juvenile justice or juvenile health.

These individuals will have the following characteristics:

  • An innovative mindset and track record, with a bias toward action and a sense of urgency;
  • A significant track record of extraordinary commitment and results ensuring educational opportunity for all children;
  • Demonstrated potential for even greater leadership; and,
  • A breadth of experience and level of maturity that will enable them to contribute effectively to the seminar experience – including an ability to listen to and learn from their peers.

We strive for diversity in each cohort of Fellows, and seek nominees from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to: sector, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic background, gender, geography, sexual orientation, and political perspective.

Nomination Procedures

We ask your assistance in identifying outstanding individuals for the Pahara-Aspen Fellows program. Individuals may not apply to the program; they must be nominated by leaders in the field.

Nominators are asked to:

  • Complete the online form found on the following pages (basic demographic information about you and your nominee);
  • Upload a letter of nomination, based on the criteria above (specific examples illustrating the criteria are encouraged); and,
  • Upload the nominee’s current resume/CV

The priority deadline for our annual call for nominations is March 5, 2018. We do accept and review nominations on a rolling basis throughout the year and candidates nominated after the deadline may be considered in either the current or next cycle. Please use the link below to submit a nomination. You may contact us at with any questions.

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