Ashley is the Executive Director of Houston Community Land Trust, a nonprofit whose mission is to make affordable homeownership achievable for limited-income households in Houston by connecting qualified homebuyers with perpetually affordable homes. HCLT also provides stewardship services and support to help homebuyers achieve long-term success in homeownership.
Ashley’s experience as a homeless youth ignited her passion to increase housing accessibility and affordability for those who need it most. Her career encompasses nonprofit leadership and program development experience in affordable housing as well as education, S.T.E.M., and workforce development. Previously, as a community organizer in Chicago, she helped develop and drive campaigns to improve homeless services, affordable housing policy, and education. As a consultant to the Barack Obama Foundation, she was also responsible for planning and implementing its initiative to develop the next generation of community organizers and advocates.
Ashley serves on the board of The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County and is a member of the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc.
She earned a B.S. in Food Science from Florida A&M University, an M.P.A from Governors State University, and a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy with a concentration in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.