• Ashley Gray

    Program Manager, Professional Learning

    ​Ashley Gray is a program manager in ACE's professional learning division. She is an emerging scholar activist with a passion for creating equity within higher education. Ashley’s research focuses on the intersection of race and gender on women college presidents through feminist and womanist lenses. Ashley currently serves as a Research Analyst for the American Council of Education, working primarily with the ACE Women’s Network and Moving the Needle Women in Higher Education Research Initiative. In this role, she creates initiatives and engages in research on women’s pipeline to the presidency. She brings with her 10 years of higher education experience primarily in the area of equity affairs.

    Ashley’s research on women of color presidents, has led to an innovative research brief titled Voices from the Field: Women of color Presidents in Higher Education funded by the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). Ashley has authored scholarly blogs, facilitated presidential roundtables and co-authored a chapter on Black queer student engagement at HBCUs.

    Ashley is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at Howard University (D.C.). Her master’s degree is in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri- St. Louis and her bachelor’s degree is in African American Studies with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Saint Louis University.