James White is a program manager for leadership and communications with Ascend at the Aspen Institute, a policy program that works to create a society in which families pass a legacy of prosperity and well-being from one generation to the next. At Ascend, White supports diverse leaders building political will to change systems and drive this policy agenda. Prior to joining Ascend, he supported programming dedicated to elevating youth voice across the Aspen Institute and beyond. Before joining the Aspen Institute in 2017, White was public relations intern at Time Inc., supporting brand communications efforts across publications including TIME, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. A native New Orleanian, he holds a BS in communication with concentrations in persuasion and social influence and media studies from Cornell University.