Ashley is a Research Area Specialist Associate at the University of Michigan Water Center, where she serves as a collaborative facilitation expert on multiple interdisciplinary project teams. Ashley is also the Program Manager for the Winter 2020 Great Lakes Theme Semester in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Ashley joined the Water Center in 2019 with a background in qualitative research, grass roots development, and project evaluation. She served two years as an Agroforestry Specialist in Peace Corps Senegal where she worked with her community and fellow PCVs to implement improved agroforestry technologies, wrote and implemented a grant to hold a multi-day diversity training in sites across her region, and assisted in the operations of the annual, weeklong Girls’ Empowerment camp. During graduate school, she worked as a community engagement mentor to an undergraduate class where she coached students on communicating with partners, relationship building, and connecting assets within and across communities. She also interned at the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development and on the communications team at the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
Ashley earned her M.S. in Community Sustainability with a specialization in International Development from Michigan State University, a B.S. in Natural Resources Management and a B.S. in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University.
When not at work, Ashley can be found watching her programs, champagne tasting, or at a concert.