Who We Are
The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Strategies Initiative works to identify, evaluate, and promote promising and successful practices and policies that improve access to quality training and employment for low-income adults. For more than a decade, AspenWSI has helped shape America’s workforce development strategies and practices to enhance outcomes that enable low-income adults to successfully complete training programs and access quality jobs.
AspenWSI‘s mission is to help low-income Americans gain ground in today’s labor market by informing public policy, investors, and leaders in the workforce development field.
Our vision is a country in which every American has access to the quality education, work, and career advancement opportunities needed to be able to support themselves and their family.
The Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI) is one of three distinct initiatives that comprise the Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities Program (EOP).
EOP is a policy program that promotes strategies to better the outcomes of low-income Americans struggling in the U.S. economy. The program’s three distinct initiatives are the Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning, and Dissemination (FIELD), the Workforce Strategies Initiative, and Skills for America’s Future.
EOP works closely with leaders of local efforts focused on building opportunity, including community colleges, community-based nonprofits, workforce agencies, businesses, and economic development organizations, as well as elected officials, and other stakeholders. EOP evaluates innovative and promising strategies, provides peer learning and leadership development opportunities for local leaders, develops practical tools that help organizations implement promising strategies, and promotes public conversation around and attention to the issues facing low-income Americans.