Ashley ColemanConnectiCorps Program Manager
Ashley is an avid lover and promoter of education, calling education her “chocolate.” Every position she’s held, has been about informing folks, facilitating conversations and providing access to resources that make the aforementioned possible.
Prior to her role at the Alliance, Ashley was a Program Manager for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. She set out to build cohesiveness and unity in communities in a way that enveloped inclusivity and diversity, providing a platform to engage those who are frequently absent into the decision-making processes. Ashley’s work ensured the funds invested, totaling 100K, were granted to organizations in communities seeking to meet needs in ways that were both meaningful and impactful.
As a Programs Manager with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), she led anti-bias trainings and facilitated conversations around identity exploration and acceptance across CT and MA. In recent years, she has supported first-generation students in navigating secondary education processes as well as exploration of workforce trends. Ashley and her family (fiance, Joseph and sons Jayce (3) and Aiden (2) reside in Windsor. Outside of professional and academics, Ashley is an avid collector of elephants, enjoys writing and performing poetry, binge watching Golden Girls, and re-purposing furniture (HGTV is a fave!) Ashley earned a BA in Sociology and English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an MS in Adult Education and English from North Carolina A&T State University and is ABD in her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University.