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Tommy Loper is managing director at The Aspen Institute – a nonpartisan organization for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Since joining in 2008, Tommy has supported the launch of the Aspen Global Leadership Network comprised of over 3,000 entrepreneurs in 61 countries, served as founding director of the Institute’s flagship event, the Resnick Aspen Action Forum in 2013, as well as Weave: The Social Fabric Project, launched in 2018 with David Brooks of the New York Times to overcome social fragmentation, polarization and distrust in the United States through the work of community builders. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Tommy was director of start-up operations at Sidem, an events and communications firm. He currently serves as a board member for Friends of New Orleans, which advocates for and supports the city and parishes of New Orleans, and The Quorum Initiative, to accelerate the advancement of executive women in business. Tommy is a graduate of American University, with a double major in International Relations and Spanish Language, during which time he interned for U.S. Senator John Kerry, Lockheed Martin’s Brussels office, and the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile. He has studied at La Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, L’Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, and most recently, Georgetown University’s Nonprofit Executive Management program. Tommy is a native of Wilbraham, Massachusetts and resides with his husband, Dirk Sellers, in Washington, DC.