About Ashley

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Ashley joined the ACS Education Division as a Senior Education Program Manager in May 2015. Her role focuses on faculty professional development in higher education. Ashley works with chemistry faculty at two- and four-year colleges to explore ways that ACS can enhance their careers by providing teaching, research, mentoring, and service opportunities.


Ashley studied Chemistry and Mathematics as an undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College, where she studied theoretical chemistry with Prof. Michelle Francl. Ashley went on to Princeton University and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry, where her dissertation under the guidance of Prof. Herschel Rabitz focused on the topic of quantum control.


Following her thesis defense in 2014, Ashley and running partner Adam Meyer completed a 3,165 mile run across America, traveling on foot from Portland, OR to Washington, D.C. During the four-month journey, they met with over 100 community leaders, from police chiefs in small towns to a state Governor. These meetings allowed Ashley and Adam to better understand the many challenges and opportunities faced by communities across the United States.


Immediately prior to joining the ACS staff, Ashley taught middle and high school mathematics at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, D.C. (her alma mater). Ashley runs trail ultramarathons and spends a considerable amount of time at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, where she is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).