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Ashley Zhao

Associate

Drawing on her background in political communications and public relations, Ashley supports clients in achieving their communications goals through comprehensive and effective strategies. At WEST, Ashley works with foundations and nonprofit organizations that protect constitutional freedoms, expand educational access and equity, and empower emerging social change leaders.

Prior to joining WEST, Ashley was a research intern at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she worked on issues relating to race and national identity, the Supreme Court, and civic engagement. She also served as a global communications and media relations intern with the Council on Foreign Relations, promoting the work of its fellows and experts.

In addition to being a former WEST intern, she has held communications roles with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and Cogent Strategies, a bipartisan government relations firm.

Ashley graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in international politics and a double minor in Spanish and Chinese. She is a member of the Georgetown Scholars Program, which works with first-generation and low-income students to create a more equitable college experience, as well as the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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