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PlacementRep. Joyce Beatty

Ashley Rodgers

Congressional Fellow

Ashley serves as a Finance Fellow for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Her professional background includes various policy and research experiences in healthcare, education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, voting rights, women’s rights, and other social justice issues. Ashley was recognized as a Public Health Scholar at Columbia University in New York City, where she worked simultaneously with WeAct for Environmental Justice organization and government officials to conduct extensive research on “The Impact of the Built Environment on Knee Osteoarthritis among African Americans” and offered policy recommendations on the effectiveness of the New York City Housing Sustainability Agenda.

During her graduate studies, Ashley was a Graduate Intern in the District Office of Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-7) in her hometown of Birmingham, AL. She currently works on Capitol Hill in the Office of Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3), a former Congressional Black Caucus Chair. Ashley has a passion for service and remains active in her church and various leadership positions in organizations such as the NAACP, National Urban League Young Professionals, Top Ladies of Distinction, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and the American Society for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

Ashley’s life mission has always been to contribute to causes greater than herself. She is a committed servant leader and advocates for eliminating disparities that exist for underserved populations. Ashley is a proud alumnus of Tuskegee University and holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management from Troy University. She is now a Doctoral Candidate in Public Policy, where her dissertation focuses on “Women’s Lack of Top Leadership Positions in the Public Sector Despite Having Similar Qualifications as Men.”