Joyce Klein is Director of FIELD at the Aspen Institute, which advances business ownership as an economic opportunity strategy. She has more than 25 years of experience studying and supporting microenterprise and entrepreneurial development programs in the United States, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications. Ms. Klein has also designed and managed grant programs aimed at supporting innovation in the practice of microenterprise development in the US.
Under Ms. Klein’s leadership FIELD has launched the Microfinance Impact Collaborative, helped to create the Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights and the Responsible Business Lending Coalition, and researched the role of platforms and networks in expanding the scale and impact of the US microenterprise field. FIELD has also expanded its work on the role of business ownership and the microenterprise field in addressing the challenges of financial inclusion and the racial wealth gap.
Ms. Klein also has consulted to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and Prosperity Now (formerly CFED). 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.