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Greenville think tank CEO named Ascend Fellow

white man in suite, Joe Waters '05
Joe Waters '05.

The Post and Courier reports on Greenville native and 2005 Furman University history graduate Joe Waters, who has been named to the 2021-22 cohort of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows. Over the course of 18 months, Waters, CEO of Capita, will collaborate with the 18-member cohort on a program that aims to drive policy and political agendas around the success of children and families. Waters founded Capita in 2018 with Furman alumni Brandon Hinman ’03 (philosophy) and Grady Powell ’03 (economics).

Capita is a creative space that explores how cultural and social transformations affect young children. According to its website, the think tank tackles the interrelated problems that prevent society from taking a holistic and effective approach to meeting the needs of children and families, particularly those furthest from opportunity.

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