Roselande Louis

Roselande is a proud first-generation Haitian American who is passionate about building power and capacity for girls and women to thrive and lead self-determined lives. She recently served as  he Senior Program Associate for Leadership and the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls atAscend at the Aspen Institute. In her role she managed strategic convenings, forums, and theSOAR Fellowship, which amplifies and brings together the bold visions and solutions of women across the globe leading systemic change rooted in racial and gender justice. She also supported the advancement of Ascend’s virtual communication efforts including producing episodes ofAscend’s inaugural webcast, AscendTogether, a webcast that engages leaders who influence policy towards family well-being.

Prior to joining Ascend, Roselande served on the Program Team at the Ms. Foundation forWomen, a national women’s fund. She supported the programmatic initiatives at Ms. across theissue areas of safety, health, and economic justice. Specifically, she managed cross team projects, operations, strategic convenings, and grantmaking processes. Earlier in her tenure at theFoundation, her work focused on their economic justice program where she managed grantee relations and built capacity in the areas of childcare equity, low wage, and domestic worker rights.As a 2016 AmeriCorp VISTA, she served in the New York City Mayor’s Office, where she developed programming that contributed to the implementation and expansion of NYC YouthLeadership Councils, a citywide program that integrates youth voice and representation in policy and practice decision making across city agencies, public schools, and community-based organizations.

Roselande graduated with honors from Manhattanville College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance with a minor in political science. Throughout her college career she organized and led efforts in student affairs and the local community. Roselande’s commitment to racial equity and community development led her to organize Manhattanville’s first student-led and centered diversity summit.She has received various awards for her commitment to service including the2016 Manhattanville Global Citizen of the Year by her peers and the President’sAward, annually given to a student who embodies the college’s values.She is also a recipient ofthe MasterCard Business Resource Group and Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships.

As a National Urban Fellow she looks forward to continuing to learn strategies to develop sustainable social justice programs that center gender and racial equity. In addition she hopes to gain skills to fundraise for the and evaluate their impact.