As a Policy Analyst, Ashley supports the policy team by monitoring, documenting, and providing analysis of current education policy issues in North Carolina. Prior to joining the Forum, Ashley earned a B.A. 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. Ashley is completing dual masters’ degrees in Social Work and Public Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she has gained a multitude of research experience. Her interests are largely focused around the intersection of racial equity, education policy, and nonprofit leadership. Ashley grew up in High Point, North Carolina.