Ashley Emerson - Program Director

Ashley graduated with an M.A. in International Development, Community, and Environment with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Clark University. While in college and graduate school, she began her research in Namibia and South Africa and later spent time working on women's economic development initiatives in Ghana and Tanzania. Ashley later became the director of an international non-profit that scaled to working in ten low-resourced, post-crisis countries focused on community-driven solutions to public health, education, and economic challenges. Seeing the impact that health interventions had internationally, she moved into domestic public health, helping launch a national public health program on early cancer detection for young adults. Ashley has served on a number of boards including World Child Cancer, Planned Parenthood of MA, the International Center of Worcester, and is the co-founder of AIRSPRAY, a grassroots organization focused on LGBTQ activists and supporters to boost artistic economy in central Massachusetts. 

After ten years of working in international development and public health, she transitioned to Portland, OR to get closer to nature and begin working at the intersection of human and environmental health.

My favorite HIH story: How to save the rainforest: build a health center