Dan Porterfield is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a global non-profit organization dedicated to driving social change through inclusive dialogue, values-based leadership, and action. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020 and a recipient of the 2016 White House Champion of Change Award, he is widely admired for his transformational leadership and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the Aspen Institute, Dr. Porterfield has built upon the organization’s legacy with new partnerships and initiatives focused on criminal justice, racial equity, grassroots and community leadership, and economic inclusion.
Prior to arriving at the Aspen Institute in 2018, Dr. Porterfield served as president of Franklin & Marshall College for seven years. His results-driven strategic plan led the College to enroll its most inclusive and selective classes in its history and helped set institutional records for applications, enrollment of low-income and minority students, fellowships, and fundraising. Under his leadership, F&M created an aspirational office of student and postgraduate development, a bold new visual arts center, a multisport stadium, and a comprehensive student wellness center. Previously, Dr. Porterfield served as senior vice president and professor of English at his alma mater, Georgetown University. He also holds a second B.A. from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, a doctorate from The City University of New York Graduate Center, and an honorary degree from Wake Forest.