Ashley is a Policy Analyst at the Public School Forum of North Carolina. She monitors, documents, and provides ongoing analysis of current policies, trends, and changes in educational policy within North Carolina. In this position, her research has centered around the teacher pipeline with a particular focus on barriers within licensure policies and requirements that prevent candidates, especially those from diverse backgrounds, from entering the teaching workforce within North Carolina. Ashley also oversees the weekly e-newsletter, the Friday Report, and is a guiding committee member of the Color of Education.
Prior to moving to the Triangle, Ashley earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University. After college, she gained a passion for education and racial equity through influential experiences such as facilitating social justice workshops for students as an Americorps member in Memphis, TN and collaborating with community members to promote the academic, socio-emotional, and behavioral well-being of students as a Program Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters.
To continue making strides in social justice, Ashley completed a dual Masters’ degree in Social Work and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Her focus on understanding and addressing systemic issues surrounding race, organizational culture, and practices has been a consistent motivator and has validated the work she does at the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Ashley recognizes the disparities and inequities within education and nonprofit leadership and as a native of High Point, NC, she has a strong passion for advocating for all people throughout the state.