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Aspen Institute Awards Fellowship on Family Poverty to WOCPN Executive Director
C. Nicole Mason, executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network, has been named a member of the inaugural class of The Aspen Institute Fellowship - in all, a distinguished group of 20 leaders from across the country who are pioneering two-generation approaches to move families beyond poverty.
The Aspen Institute announced its Ascend Fellows at an event Feb. 15 at its offices in Washington, D.C.
Under Dr. Mason's direction, the Women of Color Policy Network - part of NYU Wagner - has become a leading authority and voice on public policies that affect women of color, low-income families, and communities of color. The Network conducts original research and collects critical data used to inform public policy at every level of government. It also serves as a nexus for women of color scholars, leaders, and practitioners.
Dr. Mason has been a partner on several statewide and national initiatives to identify strategies to move low-income women and families toward economic security, including the Odyssey Project, a multi-year community college collaborative to improve educational outcomes for young women of color. Her commentary and writing have been featured in such outlets as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Essence magazine, CNN, and NPR.
The Ascend Fellowship was launched in 2011 with support from national foundations and women philanthropists and is a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents and children - two generations - toward economic security together, with educational success central to its work. In addition to Dr. Mason, the list of Fellows includes leaders in higher education and across the nonprofit, public and private sectors.