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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 





Peggy Clark  |  vice president, aspen institute; executive director, aspen global INNOVATORS GROUP; Director, artisan alliance

As Vice President of Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute, Peggy provides strategic oversight and guidance to the Institute's 28 policy programs. As Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group, Peggy leads programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development. Peggy began her career at Aspen in 1991 when she founded the Self-Employment Learning Project, later named the Economic Opportunities Program. In this role, Peggy helped to establish the field of sectoral workforce development with the publication Jobs and the Urban Poor and crafted new legislation to support industry led workforce development, and led efforts to establish the field of microenterprise development in the US. Prior to that, Peggy was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation and the first Director of Small Scale Enterprise and Credit at Save the Children. Peggy 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. Peggy also is a nationally recognized leader in establishing the microfinance field domestically leading the first national evaluation of the microenterprise field and helping to develop the first Small Business Administration legislation to support microenterprise in the US. In 1995, Peggy received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise Development from President Bill Clinton.


Katie Drasser | managing director, aspen global innovators group

Katie Drasser is the Managing Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group, and a connector and innovator in social change. At The Aspen Institute, Katie leads global efforts to address poverty alleviation, human rights and social justice. Katie has worked nationally and around the world on initiatives, including HIV/AIDS treatment strategies in Romania, private health services delivery in Myanmar, and the scale up of Kenya's national emergency medical system. Katie also spent time building a range of start-ups, designing a network of charter schools, and developing Good Capital, a venture fund that invests millions in social enterprises like The Hub Bay Area and the Social Capital Markets Conference. Katie holds degrees in political science from Colgate University and global health policy and finance from the University of North Carolina.


Gina Rogari manages all day-to-day activities of the Artisan Alliance. She directs the organization's membership community, contributes digital and written communications, and runs the Artisan Loan Program and Digital Learning Series. Before joining the Artisan Alliance, Gina helped develop a small artisan business in Peru and contributed writing and digital media to a multicultural communications firm in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Program of Liberal Studies and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame, where she received a fellowship to teach in Central America, and wrote her senior thesis on the ethics of international volunteerism.