Field placement: Denver Urban Matters (Denver, Colorado)
Ashley expanded the efforts of the DenUM Community Relations Department by promoting voter engagement efforts and leading weekly dialogues with food pantry clients. She registered and pledged over five-hundred food pantry clients to vote and created a nonpartisan, accessible ballot guide to help community members understand everything they would be voting on in the election. She also led weekly meetings with a group of clients called the DenUM Community Leadership Team, which helped clients become more involved in their community and the food pantry.
Hunger Free Community Report:
A Model for Engaging Food Pantry Clients: Analyzing the DenUM Community Leadership Team is a guide to help other food pantries create their own DenUM Community Leadership Team model to engage their clients. The guide includes recruitment strategies, agenda and workshop templates, and recommendations on making the space accessible.
Policy Placement: RESULTS (Washington DC)
Ashley took on a wide array of projects and responsibilities during her time at RESULTS. She conducted research and updated resources on tax policy such as the EITC and CTC along with the Racial Wealth Gap. She planned and moderated a workshop for the RESULTS International Conference on understanding hunger, taxes, and healthcare as racial justice issues. She also expanded grassroots capacity and engagement for the organization and authored recommendations for making recruitment practices inclusive of marginalized communities.