Peggy Clark

Executive Director, Aspen Global Health and Development

Peggy Clark is the Vice President of Policy Programs, Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development, and Co-Director of Artisan Partners @Aspen and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. Ms. Clark has had a 30 year career working on issues of poverty alleviation, global health, social enterprise and development finance. Serving in founding and leadership roles at the Aspen Institute, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children, Realizing Rights, and on numerous boards, Ms. Clark has been a leading figure in identifying and building industries, movements, and creative advocacy on key issues of our times. Currently, she provides strategic oversight and guidance to the Institute’s 28 policy programs and directs programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development including artisan enterprise, reproductive health, new voices leadership development, health workforce sustainability, and food security. Previously, she served as founding Managing Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, as the Executive Vice President for Programs of the Aspen Institute. Ms. Clark founded the Self-Employment Learning Project at the Aspen Institute, later named the Economic Opportunities Program in 1991. Prior to that, she was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation and the first Director of Small Scale Enterprise and Credit at Save the Children. Ms. Clark was a leader in founding and shaping the microfinance field internationally, helping to draft the first microenterprise legislation for USAID and serving on the first Microenterprise Advisory Council to the Administrator of USAID. In 1995 she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise Development from President Bill Clinton.