Ashley is the founder of AfricAid. Since returning from a photographic safari to Tanzania in 1996, and forming AfricAid, she has worked to support girls’ education there by supporting schools and students throughout Tanzania and East Africa. Ashley has traveled extensively throughout the world, and returns to Tanzania almost every year in conjunction with her work with AfricAid, including time spent teaching at a girls' secondary school, as well as several months conducting research on Tanzania’s system of national examinations, while also shooting footage for an ethnographic film about Tanzania’s Maasai tribe. Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2008, with a degree in Social Studies, specializing in Developing Nations. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. As AfricAid’s Executive Director, she is responsible for the development and oversight of all of AfricAid’s programs in the United States and Tanzania, as well as for overall management of its operations, and also serves as AfricAid’s spokesperson. Ashley has been a member of the AfricAid Board since 2003.