Raised in Melbourne, Ashleigh began her career working with World Vision's youth movement, VGen, as the State Director for Victoria while completing her undergraduate Degree in Politics and International Relations. Between 2014-2015, she grew the movement from the ground, leading a team to establish numerous groups at schools and universities across the state and developed relationships with numerous councils and politicians. This campaigning and movement building was critical in getting child labour on the G20 agenda for the first time ever in 2014.
After completing her Honours degree in Politics, Ashleigh was promoted to the first ever Director of Campaigns for VGen and commenced working with the 40 Hour Famine team while working with the Campaign for Australian Aid leading up to the 2016 election.
After moving to Canberra in 2016 to do her Masters of Diplomacy at ANU, Ashleigh joined the UN Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality, and was invited to run two workshops at the Youth Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2017 before attending NGO CSW in New York. Following this, she partnered with Plan International Australia to run the inaugural Girls Take Over Parliament program, partnering with every major political party to promote the need for more young women in politics. For this, Ashleigh was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list in 2018.
Simultaneously, she organised Future 21, Young Australians in International Affairs' annual conference and joined the Australian Civil Society Coalition of Women Peace and Security while running side projects including the @GenderChat twitter series. At the end of 2017, she co-founded Jasiri Australia.
In early 2018, Ashleigh was named the youngest ever ACT Woman of the Year and was listed on the ACT Honour Roll as well as the IMAD Honour Roll for her activism, advocacy and contributions to the Canberra community. With Jasiri Australia, she ran Girls Take Over Parliament with both the ACT and WA State Governments, and was part of the Foundation for Young Australians Young Social Pioneers class of 2018. She left Jasiri Australia to pursue other opportunities at the end of the year.
Ashleigh has been an active member of the Canberra community and was appointed a YWCA Canberra board director in October 2018 and co-Vice President in 2019. In 2019, she was part of the Women's March Canberra organising committee, and was a co-host of the Canberra Women's Wave. In 2019, she was named on the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence list and in 2020, joined the inaugural Board of It's Not A Compliment.
In 2020, Ashleigh launched Raise Our Voice Australia, an initiative which is runs training, provides mentoring and creates seats at the table to increase the number of female/ non-binary voices leading the conversation in politics, domestic and foreign policy. You can view the website here.
Outside of work and volunteering, Ashleigh enjoys travelling and spending time with people. She enjoys walking, hiking and being part of the community. She is extremely close with her family and friends.