Ashley grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. She earned a scholarship to swim while completing a degree in Psychology from Clemson University.

Following graduation, Ashley moved to Charlotte as a 2009 Teach For America Corps Member, where she taught elementary school for four years. She then went on to work in communications with Sports Friends (a ministry of SIM), where she served as bridge between SF’s work in 13 countries and the ministry’s supporters around the world. Following her time at Sports Friends, Ashley served as the Director of Community Engagement at Watershed Church. At Watershed she oversaw Watershed’s local and global outreach partnerships and helped facilitate small group leadership.

Ashley and her husband, TJ, have been involved with UrbanPromise Charlotte since its inception, and she is excited to now serve as UP’s Development Director. She is passionate about youth empowerment and believes that UP’s unique StreetLeader model is what makes the program so powerful and transformative!