Ashley leads external engagement strategy and execution for STEMconnector, including orchestrating events, managing partnerships, and overseeing all general communications, to support industry, postsecondary, K-12 and nonprofit leaders working to build a diverse and sustainable STEM workforce. Additionally, she leads Million Women Mentors, a movement to increase the confidence and interest of women/ girls to pursue STEM careers and leadership opportunities through the power of mentoring. As MWM is currently in its fifth year and celebrating over one million completed relationships, Ashley is working with Fortune 500 leaders around the world to scale the movement globally and exponentially expand its impact.
Previously, Ashley served as Associate Director of Strategic Communications at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, overseeing external communications for the UChicago Charter School, UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program, and UChicago Impact, as well as distilling UChicago Consortium on School Research insights to target audiences. She was instrumental in helping to launch the To&Through Project to provide stakeholders in education with actionable research, data, and resources on the milestones that matter most for high school and college success. Ashley’s passion for advancing opportunities for youth stems from a six-year teaching career in Chicago, where she taught high school English in both urban and suburban schools. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent Language Arts Education from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Education in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. She lives in Washington, D.C. where she enjoys cooking, singing and playing music, and watching Law and Order: SVU marathons.