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Judith F. Samuelson    

Vice President & Executive Director of the Business + Society Program at Aspen Institute

Judith Samuelson is the Executive Director of the Business and Society Program. She created the policy program for the Aspen Institute in 1998. BSP is dedicated to developing leaders for a sustainable global society.

Samuelson’s work experience spans the business, government and nonprofit sectors. She joined the Ford Foundation in 1989 and served through 1996 as Director of the Office of Program-Related Investments, the Foundation’s social investment fund. In 1994 she helped launch the Foundation’s Corporate Involvement Initiative, a comprehensive effort to encourage private-nonprofit partnerships and facilitate business opportunities with broad social benefits.

Prior to joining the Ford Foundation, Samuelson managed a sales and lending team at Bankers Trust Company. From 1974-1980 she worked in Sacramento, California as a lobbyist and legislative aid on state health and education issues and in the Governor’s office of Planning and Research.

Samuelson holds a Master's degree from the Yale School of Management. She sits on the Board of ACCION-New York.

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