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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. 




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

Peggy Clark is Vice President of Policy Programs and Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group. Peggy 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 boards including Root Capital, Last Mile Health, Impact Assets, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance and the Calvert Foundation, Peggy has been a leading figure in identifying and building industries, movements, and creative advocacy on key issues of our times. Peggy received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise from President Bill Clinton, and was instrumental in passage of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the Ethical Recruitment of Health Workers.  Currently, Peggy directs a portfolio of programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development in the areas of health innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship. Previously, Peggy served as the Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute, co-founder and Managing Director of Realizing Rights, Chair of the Women’s Program Forum at the Ford Foundation, and as the first Director of Small Scale Enterprise and Credit at Save the Children Federation.


Katie Drasser | managing director, aspen global innovators group

Katie Drasser is Managing Director of the Aspen Global Innovators Group. At the Aspen Institute, she leads global efforts to address poverty alleviation, human rights, and social justice. Drasser 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. She 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.

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Gina Rogari is Program Manager of the Aspen Global Innovators Group and Associate Director of the Artisan Alliance. At the Aspen Institute, she supports the Aspen Global Innovators Group’s portfolio of programs tackling overlooked challenges in global health and development, particularly the Aspen Ideas Incubator and the Artisan Alliance. As Associate Director of the Artisan Alliance, Gina leads the program’s membership network, loan program for artisan entrepreneurs, and all day-to-day operations and communications. Previously, Gina helped develop an artisan business in rural Peru and has 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.