Aspen Institute – FIELD
Joyce Klein is Director of the Aspen Institute Microenterprise Fund for Innovation, Effectiveness, Learning and Dissemination (FIELD). The mission of FIELD is to build the effectiveness, scale and impact of microenterprise as an economic opportunity strategy. To do so, FIELD engages deeply with practitioners and funders and provides them with tools – research and evaluation, peer-learning and leadership development programs – that build knowledge and practice.
Ms. Klein has worked with FIELD for fifteen years, and has more than 20 years of experience studying and supporting microenterprise and entrepreneurial development programs in the United States. Her recent work has included the Scale Academy for Microenterprise Development, in which FIELD is helping leading microenterprise organizations in the U.S. to increase their scale; the Asset Building through Credit pilot, which is working with microenterprise programs to offer a secured credit card as a credit- and asset-building tool for entrepreneurs; and FIELD's new leadership development program for the U.S. microenterprise field, ELM2.
Ms. Klein also has worked as a consultant in the microenterprise field, providing assistance to clients including the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and CFED (formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development). Prior to her work with FIELD, Ms. Klein led CFED's work in microenterprise development. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics from Boston College.