Tribe: Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
Portfolio for Native Americans
Ashley Wells graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco (USF) in California, where she received a Master's degree in Organization and Leadership Studies. In her higher education academic career, she developed a leadership philosophy and practical approaches to function as an agent of change. In addition, Ashley studied how to identify ways institutions perpetuate, and create opportunities to challenge, injustice and inequality. She chose USF for her graduate studies because of its Jesuit mission to have measurable impact in communities most affected by injustice.
As the Strategist for the Portfolio for Native Americans at NIH, Ashley participates in the review of policies, practices, and procedures in order to help eliminate discrimination against Native American employees at NIH. Part of Ashley's role is to serve as a subject matter expert, advisor, and program advocate. Each day she strives to serve the community and work towards equality for all.
In her spare time Ashley enjoys discovering the world's incredible cultural diversity through travel with her amazing daughter.