Ashley is Unangax̂, Black, and Filipina. Ashley grew up in Bellingham, Washington with her grandparents and was involved in her local Unangax/Aleut community through a Unangan dance group, Sngagim Axasniikangin (Dream Dancers). As a first generation college student and Gates Millennium Scholar, she attended Western Washington University and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Services. In 2015, she earned her Masters in Social Work from University of Washington with a concentration in Community-centered Integrative Practice and in 2020, she earned her Masters in Urban Environmental Education. Ashley is co-founder of Alagnax̂ Farm, a farm located in South Seattle serving BIPOC community members through access to culturally relevant foods, greenspace, and educational workshops.