2018 Opening Forum


2018 Opening Forum



CHALLENGE #1: Smita Rawoot & Eric Wilson | Smita Rawoot is an urban planner, architect, and urban designer. She's the associate director for global delivery at Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program, where she heads solution delivery for 29 North American cities. A planning and design professional for more than 18 years, Rawoot has supported development of inclusive communities with vibrant public realms and environmentally and economically sustainable places.

CHALLENGE #2: Maria Gabriela "Gaby" Pacheco is program director at TheDream.US, a college access and success program for immigrant youth without documentation. She began advocating for immigrants in college, helping start a Florida-based group pushing for in-state tuition for undocumented students and co-leading the 2010 Trail of Dreams, a four-month walk from Miami to Washington, DC, to call attention to the plight of immigrant families under threat of deportation.

CHALLENGE #3: Ann Kim is a portfolio director at IDEO Cambridge, focused on health and public sector issues. At IDEO since 2011, she has led a multiyear HIV-prevention collaboration with USAID and worked with US Citizenship and Immigration Services to transform the immigration application experience.

CHALLENGE #4: Michael Sorrell is president of Paul Quinn College, an institution now recognized for its innovative approach to higher education. During his ten-year tenure, the college has transformed its football field into the We Over Me Farm to battle local food desert conditions, become the first federally recognized urban Work College, and won the HBCU of the Year Award, among other achievements.

CHALLENGE #5: Lonzo Anderson is a police executive with over 20 years of experience at the Dallas Police Department. Sworn in as a police officer in 1997, he was promoted to senior corporal in 2002 and served 4.5 years recruiting and conducting background investigations.

CHALLENGE #6: Chris Plutte is an entrepreneur and leader in the fields of education, media, and conflict resolution. He is executive director of Global Nomads Group (GNG), which leverages technology, storytelling, and personal connection to enable conversation between students around the world and promote the traits they will need to tackle pressing issues.


Live Performance: Jon Boogz and Lil Buck perform live at Aspen Challenge 2018 Dallas

Interview: Jon Boogz and Lil Buck | Co-Founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, Movement Art Is is an organization that uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational, and social impact of dance. Adam Erickson, director of Communications for ArtPlace America moderates the conversation.