Growing up as the daughter of a charter fisherman on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and witnessing the effects of Hurricane Katrina and Deepwater Horizon oil spill firsthand, Ashley has had a continued interest in the intersections between people, policy, and oceans. She is currently a student at Harvard Law School, studying to pursue a career in public interest environmental law. Ashley received her undergraduate degree in psychology with minors in environmental studies and Spanish from the University of Mississippi, graduating from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. She has held positions at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, University of Mississippi Office of Sustainability, Australia Zoo, Gulf Restoration Network, Friends of Animals, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Ashley is currently a student clinician in Harvard's Food Law and Policy Clinic.