As a senior philanthropy officer for CFT, Ashley’s work centers primarily around economic security. She partners with local nonprofit agencies to increase their capacity to help working families in North Texas become more financially stable and oversees the Working Families Success Network. Another key element of her work is amplifying CFT’s philanthropic impact by leveraging community connections through partnerships with other critical asset-building nonprofits and funders. Ashley's work has been instrumental in the success of the Collin County Nonprofit Leadership program, as well as leading the Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy, which is focused on developing regional leadership around the workforce ecosystem in Dallas.
Prior to joining CFT in 2015, Ashley stayed at home for the first year of her son’s life. Before that, she worked as program manager for Big Thought’s afterschool program in two DISD elementary schools in Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove. She got her start in the nonprofit sector as program director of the Mission Waco afterschool program during her final year at Baylor University.
Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baylor University and an MPA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Community Leadership / Board ServiceAshley was selected to serve alongside national peer funders such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Annie E. Casey Foundation, on the 2019-2021 Workforce Matters Steering Committee as the sole Texas representative.
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"Building relationships, connecting people and the community."
“Hard working people should not be poor.”