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Maribel Duran is the Managing Director and Chief of Staff for the Aspen Institute’s Leadership Division. In this role, Maribel will work closely with staff to ensure consistency of policies and standards across the Division, ensure timely planning and follow-up of all activities, strengthen our investment in the development of our team, and facilitate communication and coordination across the Seminars, AGLN and Youth Departments as well as with the Institute.
Most recently Maribel served as the Assistant Director for Strategy and Operations with the Education & Society Policy Program at the Aspen Institute where she oversaw the operations, finance, people and administrative functions and helped with strategy and continuous improvement. Maribel currently serves as the co-chair of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and member of the Richard Salinas Foundation Scholarship Committee administered by Institute’s Latinos and Society Program.
Previously, Maribel served eight years under the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Education. In 2009, she joined former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as Special Assistant in the Office of the Secretary. Later, she served as Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, informing the Administration’s P-20 policy and programmatic efforts on behalf of the nation’s Latino students and families, including helping to secure over 150 private-and-public sector commitments with a collective investment of over $335 million to build on and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education for the nation’s Hispanic community, and launching the Federal Interagency Working Group to strengthen and align federal policy efforts with local initiatives. Maribel also served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, member of the White House Council on Women and Girls Federal Taskforce and the Education Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.
Maribel began her career at the Chicago Public Schools helping to advance the school district’s mission of providing a high-quality education to the city’s children. She holds a bachelor of English Language and Literature magna cum laude and an honorary doctorate in education from Southern New Hampshire University. Maribel is the first Latina board trustee at Southern New Hampshire University and a board member for the Institute on Educational Leadership. She has been awarded the University of Denver and the Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program Fellowship, honored as a “40 under 40” leader by the Leadership Center for Excellence, and has been featured in national conferences, including a Ted Talk, for her continued commitment to diversity, gender and education equity, and social justice.