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Ashley White

Director, Economic Mobility Lab

Ashley White currently works in the Mayor’s Office as the Director of the Economic Mobility Lab where she leverages research and data to test innovative solutions aimed at providing economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income Bostonians. Ashley started her time in the Mayor’s Office as a fellow in the Lab, focusing on childcare initiatives and analyzing the results from Boston’s first ever childcare survey. 

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Ashley worked in college recruitment within the financial services industry. There, she managed relationships with colleges and universities to promote career readiness and support students in obtaining internships. As a part of this work, Ashley also partnered with local non-profits on workforce development initiatives that helped Boston Public School graduates prepare for, and find, meaningful employment opportunities. 

Ashley started her career at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, a non-profit organization that offers mentoring programs for girls and women. Passionate about women’s issues, she continues to stay close to this work, serving on an advisory council for the organization’s CEO. 

Ashley’s experience in both the non-profit and private sector, where she witnessed the barriers that many young people face as they try to move up the economic ladder, was a catalyst for pursuing a career in public policy. 

Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst. She also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University where she was awarded the Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal fellowship in 2019. Ashley is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and lives in East Boston with her partner.