Builder, creator, advocate, and organizer, Ashley Allison is an Obama-Biden Administration and Biden-Harris campaign senior staffer with more than 15 years of experience building campaigns and strategies that lead to victory. As the National Coalitions Director for Biden-Harris 2020 presidential campaign, she led nearly 500 staff and paid fellows to activate the most robust coalition of voters in modern history.
Ashley’s commitment to racial equity and civil rights has been proven throughout her career. She served as the Executive Vice President at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights from 2017-2021. Under her leadership, she led the organization’s strategies on how to run campaigns and policy efforts during the Resistance. Prior to joining The Leadership Conference, Ashley was the deputy director and senior policy advisor for the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement from 2014 to 2017. She honed her crisis management skills while leading the White House efforts on criminal justice and policing reform. Ashley’s organizing skills were first noticed in national politics when she joined the Obama campaign in the most contested battleground state of Ohio to run African American outreach for the Obama 2012 reelection.
Before entering politics, Ashley began her career as a high school special education teacher in Brooklyn, New York and earned her master’s in education. She earned her law degree with a specialty in public interest law focusing on housing rights, voting and democracy, and racial equity. Ashley serves as the Board Chair for the Color of Change PAC Board and is a member of the Free Press Action Fund Board, is a political commentator for CNN, and the former host of the podcast, Pod for the Cause.
Ashley Allison Asking Why More Women Won’t Support Civil and Human Rights
Ashley Allison on Reimagining the Two Party System
Ashley Allison Talks The Power Voting
Ashley Allison’s Speech Topics
Building Winning and Sustainable Teams
As we approach year three of the pandemic and companies/organizations are learning how to grapple with the “Great Resignation”, we must focus on how to sustain our team. Ashley has experience of building teams from scratch, reorganizing teams because of the moment they are in, and sustaining existing infrastructure with new leadership. Learn from Ashley how you can get the most out of your team while they also enjoy and thrive in the role they are in. Some things might have changed because of COVID-19, but a winning team is a constant for a successful company and organizations.
Corporate Racial Equity/DEI
To create a world where all are treated fairly and equal, we must shift our understanding and change the culture to meaningfully address racial equity and diversity and inclusion. Though these issues can be tricky, sensitive, and difficult to navigate, Ashley will guide you through an honest, welcoming, and transformative process that will help you create a corporate and company culture that will help us all get closer to an America that is as good as its ideals.
A Seat at the Table: Building Lasting Coalitions
Leaders, companies, and organizations alike have all learned that having lasting success comes when we realize one foundational principle: everyone must have a seat at the table. Inspired by Shirley Chisholm’s creed that, “if they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair,” this engaging and enlightening session will show you that we all win when there’s a seat at the table for everyone. With expertise that has been honed over more than 15 years building some of the most successful campaigns and prominent coalitions in our country, Ashley will help you understand the importance of coalitions, how to build them, how to navigate their complex dynamics, how to keep them together, and how true coalition building can help you achieve your outcomes.